Archive for upland bird

Would Proposed Coyote Control Impact SD Pheasants?

South Dakota wildlife managers say the state's coyote population has continued to increase, despite attempts to control it. Therefore a proposal is on the table to add $1 to hunting license sales, thereby generating more money for coyote control. Thus far it's proven popular with biologists, hunters, landowners and politicians alike.

March 08, 2013

Mossberg Expands Silver Reserve Shotgun Line

Double-barrel shotguns are among the most beautiful and well-balanced firearms in the world. Unfortunately they're also among the most expensive.

January 17, 2013

Weatherby Introduces Wby-X Line

We don't know whether the "Black Reaper" finish on the Weatherby X PA-08 shotgun shown below will help stand down a burglar or not, but hey, it can't hurt. Essentially, to create the Weatherby X line of guns, the company took several of its best-selling firearms and slapped on edgy, attention-grabbing, dipped finishes. The line is equally represented by home defense and hunting firearms, and also includes several youth models.

January 17, 2013

Winchester AA Tracker Shotshell Shows Flight Path

Ever have one of those days when you miss clay after clay—or dove after dove—and you just can't figure out why? Thanks to Winchester's new AA Tracker shotshells, you'll now know exactly where you missed.

January 17, 2013

Franchi Aspire Round-Action Shotguns

Ever since its recent rebranding, Franchi has offered a variety of over/under shotguns with classic lines, great fit and finish, and excellent ergonomics. The new Aspire, a lovely round-action shotgun available in 28-gauge or .410, is no exception.

January 15, 2013

Cigarettes' One Benefit: Healthier Bird Nests

When your mother told you that "smoking is for the birds," she had no idea how right she was. According to new research, birds such as sparrows and finches are increasingly incorporating discarded cigarette butts into their nests. Why? Apparently the butts help insulate the nest, and the nicotine and other chemicals act as an insecticide against mites and other parasitic organisms. Birds have long built their nests with poisonous plants to keep them mite-free, but in major cities cigarette butts tend to be more available. Scientists in Mexico City have observed birds with as many as 48 butts woven into their nests, while the average was about 10 butts.

January 06, 2013

Pheasants: The Key to Economic Stimulus?

Maybe President Obama's economic stimulus plan would've been more effective if it included investment in upland habitat and pheasant stocking. Consider the numbers.

November 01, 2012

British Army's Spaniel Awarded Posthumous Medal

We all have our favorite breeds, and many times we're especially proud of the versatility they offer. At one time most dogs were fairly specialized, but these days the same dog can point quail, fetch ducks and even hunt down predators. Their noses and intelligence are also far more developed than what early breeders probably could've imagined.

October 31, 2012

Grouse Hunter Shoots, Kills Wolf at 8 Yards

A hunter was pursuing ruffed grouse with his bird dog near Park Rapids, Minn., when all heck broke loose. There was a commotion, and the dog ran back toward the hunter with a wolf hot on its heels.

October 11, 2012

Finally: Iowa Pheasants Up After 7-Year Decline

There's finally some good news for Iowa pheasant hunters: For the first time in seven years, the annual August roadside count indicates an increase in the state's pheasant population. The decline has been blamed largely on habitat loss. However, plain bad luck—such as harsh winters and spring flooding—has also played a role.

September 06, 2012

Who Says Pheasants Won't Nest in the South?

There are folks who contend you can stock as many pheasants as you want in the South, but you'll never establish a breeding population. They argue that the springs are too mild, that there are too many egg-foraging varmints and that the habitat conditions simply aren't right for producing wild ringnecks.

June 18, 2012

Pro Bird Chaser: Salary $76,000

A good friend of mine is fond of saying, "I may not get a bird every time my dog and I go out, but I sure as heck move a few!"

May 25, 2012

Finally: A Good Way to Move Bird Taxidermy

While my spoonbill will never be the same, I am happy to report that the rest of my bird taxidermy survived the move to Pennsylvania. And even happier to report that after years of accidental defeatherings, I have finally found an effective, easy and inexpensive way to transport upland bird and waterfowl taxidermy.

March 15, 2012

NPS Ranger Tases Man Walking Dogs Off-Leash

I've been known to flout a leash law or two (just ask my dog), but after reading this story I might just fall into line.

February 01, 2012

Three-Legged Bird Dog Runs Off, Found a State Away

Here's a dog that knows no disability. An energetic English setter, Zip may only have three legs, but that didn't stop him from embarking on a seven-day, interstate adventure that began in New Hampshire and ended in Massachusetts.

January 24, 2012