Archive for upland game

How to Tie Flies with Pheasant Tails

Wingshooting and fly-fishing go more hand-in-hand than is readily apparent. Let Kyle Wintersteen explain why.

April 07, 2014

Winchester Announces Rooster XR

Winchester has given upland hunters what should be a popular new ammunition offering with the introduction of its new Rooster XR.

January 09, 2014

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

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

Save the Woodcock

There's a great story out of Michigan in which several dozen volunteers with bird dogs are helping biologists locate and band woodcock chicks. It's a win-win for everyone, really: the dogs get a little off-season work on wild timberdoodles; any woodcock chicks present with the adult birds are netted and banded; and biologists study the birds' migration and mortality. One volunteer, Dave Prawdzik, has banded 27 woodcocks with his English setter, Sadie, this spring alone. He's banded more than 1,300 since 1980.

May 10, 2010

Disease May Be Harming Quail

There's a new theory into a decline that probably has a variety of culprits.

November 30, 2009

Bird Hunter Expelled for Unloaded Shotgun

School security searched his vehicle despite the fact it wasn't even parked on school property.

November 25, 2009

The Day I Outshot Jeff Johnston

This is no time for humble modesty. It may never happen again.

August 11, 2009