Irwin Greenstein

Irwin Greenstein

Irwin Greenstein is Publisher of Shotgun Life. Please send your comments to letters@shotgunlife.com.

SONOMA, CALIFORNIA – DEC. 15, 2020 Wing & Barrel Ranch — Wine Country’s premier members-only sporting club for discerning outdoor, food, and wine enthusiasts —announced that, with its clubhouse construction nearly completed and a limited number of member spots remaining, guests who choose membership before Dec. 31, 2020 will additionally receive an exclusive and generous yearlong dining stipend in addition to the other benefits the Ranch offers.

In American shotgun lore, the 16 gauge still possesses the sweet fragrance of nostalgia when, back in the day, upland hunting with a hardware store gun carried on the open range or along fence rows with your favorite dog produced explosive coveys. 

Longthorne Gunmakers of England announced their first side by side, called the Renaissance.

Like other Longthorne sidelock and boxlock shotguns, the side-by-side Renaissance has barrels machined from a single steel billet for improved accuracy, lower recoil and reduced muzzle flip on the second shot. The barrels, proofed for steel shot, are 100% English made at Longthorne’s factory in Northampton. 

On the night of February 10, 2020, Marty Robinson and three friends were in a texting session about field trials, when their conversation took an urgent turn.

“We felt that something bad was needed to change things up,” Marty recalled. “There have been no changes to field trials in the past 145 years. We wanted to fortify the sport.”

The acrylic painting of a lesser scaup (bluebill) drake by Richard Clifton of Milford, Delaware, was selected from 138 entries as the winner of the 2020 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest in Falls Church, Virginia.

Sunday, 18 October 2020 19:05

2020 Pheasant Hunting Forecast

AUTUMN TRADITIONS AWAIT,
AND IT’S GOOD NEWS FROM MUCH OF PHEASANT COUNTRY

If you lived through the winter of 2019-20 in the northern strongholds of pheasant country, you got a little worried for the birds as the weeks marched on, snow really piled up, and several arctic episodes sunk down on the countryside.

But not to fear: Across pheasant range, the birds toughed it out (a credit to our favorite gamebirds’ resiliency after more than a hundred generations of survival in America) … but it sure was a help when winter seemed to ease up and melt away just when that was most needed.

Monday, 05 October 2020 21:49

Peter Hofer - Gun and Riflemaker

At the service of hunters all over the world for half of the past millenium. 

Over the last five hundred years, the individual and practical wishes of countless hunters have led to the development of many different weapon models. However, there were always only a few very talented gunsmiths who were responsible for the new innovations. Peter Hofer has set new standards for this traditional and rare craft with his ingenuity and inventiveness. 

Nowadays other hunting weapon manufacturers around the world have just four different weapon models to offer, and the age-old experience and know-how accumulated over time is being buried as elder gunsmiths retire, it seems incomprehensible that Peter Hofer should offer such a wide variety of different hunting weapons. The fact that Peter Hofer's hunting weapons are crafted by hand are the basis for his many models almost limitless possibilities.

Learn more:

https://www.hoferwaffen.com

In 2001, Margaret Wilfley finally put her foot down. She was no longer going to be a bystander after watching her husband Mike and friends during a week in England shooting driven birds. She would learn shotgunning.  Mike knew she meant it and years of marriage told him that he needed to find an excellent coach rather than try to teach her himself. Friends recommended Warren Watson. From the very first lesson, it was clear why.

ST. CHARLES, MO, September 28, 2020 – For more than half a century, Eukanuba™ has been a champion of sporting and working dogs. Founder Paul Iams focused on performance nutrition with the first dog food made from high-quality

animal proteins. After decades of innovation in science backed nutrition for canine athletes, Eukanuba is introducing Premium Performance, an all-new line of performance products tailored to duration and intensity of activity. 

The following forecast is based on spring and summer upland game population surveys, including the Rural Mail Carrier and the Northern Bobwhite Whistle Count surveys. Nebraska biologists also provided input on regional weather events and habitat trends that could have affected populations. The summaries and field reports below reflect the best available information on bird numbers, weather conditions and habitat trends among that state’s regions, but should not be used to predict hunting conditions or local population densities at any single location within a region. Preseason scouting is encouraged to increase hunter success.

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