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Tall Timbers, a research station based in Tallahassee, Florida, announced the creation of a newpermanent program to restore bobwhite quail populations to parts of the Pineywoods ecoregion of Texas and beyond, using scientifically-based management and landowner outreach. The new Tall Timbers’ Western Pineywoods Quail Program is being launched with support from dedicated quail hunters, Tall Timbers, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the Park Cities Quail Coalition.
Thomasville, Georgia – June 3, 2021 – Shotgun Life, the first online magazine dedicated to the best in wing and clays shooting, is now ranked among the top 700,000 web sites in the world based on the metric of global Internet engagement over the most recent 90 days. You can see Shotgun Life at www.shotgunlife.com.
Ask Darius Anderson about his company Kenwood Investments, and he’ll tell you “we’re an opportunity fund that does things other people find very difficult.”
As more outdoor enthusiasts head out to enjoy summer activities with their dogs, Eukanuba™ aims to help owners recognize the signs of exertional heat related illness in active dogs and safeguard against it.
ST. CHARLES, MO – EUKANUBA™, a premium dog food brand specializing in high-performance nutrition for sporting and working dogs, is drawing attention to canine exertional heat related illness (HRI) through an extensive, multimedia educational campaign.
FORT WORTH, Texas – May 19, 2021 – Eight duck and goose calling contests with a total purse of more than $10,000 will be held during the inaugural Ducks Unlimited Expo (DUX) presented by Purina Pro Plan on June 25-27 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.
EDGEFIELD, S.C.—The National Wild Turkey Federation’s Wild Turkey Records Program began in the fall of 1982 and has since been the authority of wild turkey records for anywhere wild turkeys are legally harvested, accumulating over 27,000 registered birds. And with recent upgrades to the NWTF’s website, the program will now allow harvests to be submitted digitally.
In 2009, my favorite shotgun dealer at the time had talked me into buying a beautiful 12-gauge sporter with 34-inch barrels – a big stretch from the 30-inch clays guns that had become my standard bearer. I distinctly remember him saying “Everyone is moving to longer barrels.” Within months, I still couldn’t master the gun and actually felt self-conscious seeing it tower over other clays guns with barrels that hovered around 30 inches. End of story is that I traded it back to him in a deal for a 12-gauge semi-auto.
March 18, 2021 – Thomasville, Georgia – Kathleen Kelly, owner of Kevin’s Fine Outdoor Gear & Apparel and Kevin’s Catalog that both celebrate the upland lifestyle, has stepped into the leadership role of the Red Hills Chapter of the national GRITS women’s wing and clays shooting group.
The 2020–2021 hunting season for wild quail was another great one in the Red Hills and Albany Areas and across the Southeast! Locally, some properties had one of their best seasons on record. Additionally, properties in the Carolinas, Alabama, and Central Florida observed high covey finds for their respective areas, further increasing landowner interest in wild quail hunting opportunities. What facilitated this year’s successes? Overall, hunt success is due to a combination of good cover conditions, high bird carryover, and favorable scenting conditions. Clay Sisson, the Director of the Albany Quail Project and Livingston Place Research further provides the following reflective thoughts and future perspective:
This “bull market” has been the result of excellent management helped along by good summer weather, high cotton rat numbers, and a widespread new ground effect, as a result of cleanup following the 2017 tornadoes and hurricane Michael in 2018. We documented these high-density populations back in the fall, but it’s always interesting to see what the hunting season brings. Despite a warm and dry forecast, we had great weather most of the season. Abundant rainfall and cool temperatures made for good hunting condition’s right up until the last week of February. These high densities and good hunting weather made for a memorable hunting season that was at or near record levels in some cases.
Instinctive shooting is perfection in motion for the upland hunter. Hard focus on the flushed bird, an unwavering swing of your shotgun, and upon feeling the stock touch your cheek pull the trigger to experience the instant gratification of your downed quarry. In the end, instinctive refers to your innate ability to subconsciously calculate the forward allowance and essentially rely on the pull-trigger signal from your eyes without your mind performing the mathematical gymnastics that would normally muck up the shot.