• Why Older and Younger Duck Hunters Are Turning to 20-Gauge Shotguns

    Why Older and Younger Duck Hunters Are Turning to 20-Gauge Shotguns

    For generations, the 12-gauge shotgun has been synonymous with duck hunting, but many hunters are choosing 20 gauges for close-range environments. There are several logical reasons for this trend. Older hunters can’t tolerate the abuse that a 12-gauge spitting 3-inch or larger waterfowl loads inflicts on arthritic or surgically repaired Read More
  • Bettinsoli Italian Shotguns Come to America

    Bettinsoli Italian Shotguns Come to America

    I stepped down from the bird buggy marking our first stop on the South Georgia bobwhite quail plantation. I approached the side-mounted wood gun box and carefully removed an over/under from the padded brackets, exposed the breach and dropped in 20-gauge shells. We walked only a few yards when the Read More
  • Shooting the Gordy & Sons Fantastic 32-Gauge Quail Gun

    Shooting the Gordy & Sons Fantastic 32-Gauge Quail Gun

    Mike Burnett was given a mission: design and build an impeccable 32-gauge side by side for his boss, Russell Gordy – quail-hunting disciple, shotgun connoisseur, self-made billionaire and owner of the luxury outfitter Gordy and Sons in Houston, Texas. Read More
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Women Who Build Legacies in South Georgia Quail Country
Women Who Build Legacies in South Georgia Quail Country

Among the pine trees of Quail Country Plantation, Anna Van Nostrand, CZ over/under broken open across her shoulder, kneels next to her five-year-old daughter Hallie Jo “Bir...

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Stepping Down in Gauges To Better Performance
Stepping Down in Gauges To Better Performance

Story | Photo by Ron Spomer

In the 1960s pheasants were big game birds in South Dakota, the upland equivalent of Canada geese. Tough, durable, armed with spurs and ready to shoulder through a dense sw...

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Comparing Two American Side-by-Side Classics: The Winchester Model 21 with the Browning BSS
Comparing Two American Side-by-Side Classics: The Winchester Model 21 with the Browning BSS

There’s nothing like a little controversy to stir things up – reading here about opinions on Winchester’s vaunted Model 21 side by side – along with opinions about a possib...

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Transitioning Generations of Great Hunting Dogs

As another hunting season comes to a close, shooters typically reflect back on the memories, and assess the season: What went right, what went wrong, and how to improve thi...

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Three Ways to Add Variety to Your Russian Capercaillie and Black Grouse Hunt

Although capercaillie and black grouse are the highlights of the Russian spring hunting season, other game birds are also legal that time of year including geese, ducks and...

The Krieghoff 28-Gauge Parcours at Backwoods Quail Club
The Krieghoff 28-Gauge Parcours at Backwoods Quail Club

Here’s the shot of the day…

Around 90 minutes into our afternoon quail hunt at Backwoods Quail Club in Georgetown, South Carolina we had circled back to a downed pine tree still abundant with branches...