Archive for upland hunting

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

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

2012 State-by-State Quail Report

Quail Forever (QF's) has provided us with an even more comprehensive, updated version of its state-by-state quail report originally published here. How are quail populations faring in your state? See below, and be sure to look for QF's complete hunting forecast due out next month.

August 15, 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

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

Epic Wins & Fails of 2011

The year was full of great stories of successful and not-so-successful hunters. Here's who'll ring in the New Year with champagne and who should stick to fried coot.

December 30, 2011

He's a Pheasant, Not a "Ditch Chicken"

On paper the ring-necked pheasant shouldn't be all that tough to kill. He's a predictable fellow, feeding around the same time each morning and afternoon and rarely straying more than 800 yards from his roost. So, he's far from the most elusive bird in the uplands, and when flushed he isn't the swiftest creature either. (Though if given time to accelerate, pheasants can top out around 60 mph, just 5 mph shy of the powerful mallard.)

October 13, 2011

Dog E-Collars Disrupt French Army Communications

The French military has long been the brunt of jokes (my personal favorite: How many gears does a French tank have? One forward and three in reverse).

October 12, 2011

PETA Asks Middleton to Halt Prince's Bird Hunt

Prince William just wants to take younger brother Harry bird hunting for his 27th birthday, but PETA has called for the event's cancellation. The "animal rights" group known more for over-the-top antics than actual accomplishments has written a letter to William's wife, Princess Kate Middleton, begging her to ask the princes to stop the hunt.

September 29, 2011

Five Bird Dogs for Today's Suburbs

Did you know legendary wingshooting author and field-trial judge Nash Buckingham spent most of his life in a Memphis apartment? If you are among the increasing number of hunters living in heavily populated suburban areas, here are some small- to medium-sized breeds that offer calm temperaments, versatility and other traits suited to suburbia.

April 18, 2011

My Top Five SHOT Show Introductions

Late Thursday afternoon I achieved my goal of walking every aisle at the SHOT Show. Here are the five new products I'm most excited to test in 2011:

January 24, 2011

Pheasant Sandwiches Fed World War II U.S. Troops

In honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day yesterday, I'd like to share a story of pheasants and patriotism that I learned of on a recent upland hunting trip to Aberdeen, S.D. As you know, on Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and shortly thereafter the United States joined the Allied war effort.

December 07, 2010