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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.
ST. CHARLES, MO, February 9, 2021 – EUKANUBA™, a premium dog food brand specializing in high-performance nutrition for sporting and working dogs, congratulates pro trainer Al Arthur of Sandhill Retrievers and his dog FC-AFC Cropper’s Fire in the Hole (call name Deep) on their win at the U.S. National Open Retriever Championship. Held in November 2020 at the National Retriever Club in Giddings, Texas, the competition featured the top retrievers in the United States, with Arthur and Deep winning the championship.
January 20, 2021 – Thomasville, Georgia – Shotgun Life, the first online magazine dedicated to the best in wing and clays shooting, delivered 10.5 million page views and 6.5 million visits from readers of both the magazine and companion opt-in e-letters during the 2020 calendar year. Shotgun Life is on the Internet at www.shotgunlife.com.
According to a Feb. 1, 2021 press release, Beretta Holding has signed an agreement for the acquisition of 100 percent of Holland & Holland Ltd., which takes effect immediately. The terms and conditions of the acquistion were not disclosed.
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Longthorne Gunmakers have recently completed their trigger plate boxlock range, this has been developed, and made in Great Britain over the past year despite the confines of COVID 19 and incorporates their innovative patented barrels (game or sporting) together with several other features all developed and made in Great Britain including Longthorne chokes (extended and flush), adjustable comb mechanism and recoil pads, and all made in house, a UK first.
Over our dinner at a private quail plantation in South Georgia, I talked with Arthur S. DeMoulas, the American owner of London best-gun maker Boss & Co., about the company’s gorgeous new 12-bore ambidextrous sidelever.
The new 12-bore sidelever over/under, called the “1812 Edition,” celebrates the company’s founding that year by Thomas Boss. It’s also a tip of the hat to Boss’s original sidelever side-by-sides popular with the Victorian gentry.
North Haven, CT – Break-action shotguns have long-been considered the best tool for upland hunters and clay shooters for the ability to customize shot type and spread, their refined appearance, and their reliability. Mossberg is pleased to introduce an extensive line of field and sporting over-and-under (O/U) shotguns: the Mossberg International Silver Reserve Field and Mossberg International Gold Reserve Sporting Series of shotguns. These well-appointed, double guns are available in 12, 20, 28-gauge and 410 bore in the Silver Reserve series along with a 20-gauge Youth gun. The Gold Reserve series is available in 12 and 20-gauge and 410 bore. All Reserve Series shotguns feature chrome-lined bores and chambers and dual-locking lugs.