• Get in the Target Setter's Head

    Get in the Target Setter's Head

    Over the years the sporting clays game has evolved from just targets thrown fast and far to an enticing mix of speeds, angles and distances. In the early years, throwing clays fast and at distance was a great way to challenge the best shooters, but doing so took the wind Read More
  • French Creek Sportsmen’s Club Hosts a Purdey Pheasant Extravaganza in Wyoming

    French Creek Sportsmen’s Club Hosts a Purdey Pheasant Extravaganza in Wyoming

    The horn blasts, I look to the sky of burnished blue and pheasants appear over the hillside trees. The birds glide high and fast toward us, riding prevailing winds with gusts like pheasant afterburners. The volley of shotgun blasts marks another driven hunt as dropped birds get taken up by Read More
  • Los Laureles Lodge Delivers the Argentina Dream of Doves, Ducks and Perdiz

    Los Laureles Lodge Delivers the Argentina Dream of Doves, Ducks and Perdiz

    In early May 2018 I had the distinct pleasure of hunting Doves, Ducks and Perdiz at Los Laureles Lodge in Argentina’s Entre Rios Province along the Parana River. It’s an hour flight northwest of Buenos Aires and a lazy 75-minute drive from either the Santa Fe or Parana airport. The Read More
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The Renegade Genius of the Blaser F3
The Renegade Genius of the Blaser F3

Silicon Valley has popularized the term “disruptive innovation” to capture the impact of an unexpected advance in value, ingenuity and adoption on a prevailing product segm...

  • Paul Nelson Farm: A Winter Photo Essay

    Paul Nelson Farm: A Winter Photo Essay

    There is no shortage of pheasant hunting lodges in South Dakota. Yet one lodge seems to rise to the top as an Orvis Endorsed Lodge in 2009 and Orvis Wingshooting Lodge of the year and in 2016.

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  • The Confessions of a Dyed-in-the-Wool Woodcock Hunter

    The Confessions of a Dyed-in-the-Wool Woodcock Hunter

    Story|Photos by Tom Keer Say the word “woodcock” in a room full of bird hunters and you are likely to capture most everyone’s attention. Hunters are fascinated with the eclectic, migratory bird for a wide variety of reasons. Dyed-in-the-wool woodcock

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  • The Rizzini Round Body EL Lets You Shoot Like Italian Nobility for a Righteous $6,700

    The Rizzini Round Body EL Lets You Shoot Like Italian Nobility for a Righteous $6,700

    I’m blessed with the professional opportunity to shoot fine shotguns costing upwards of $100,000 and more. Boss, Fabbri, Purdey, Holland & Holland, all exemplars of sporting guns that will pretty much spoil you for life. Inevitably, when discussing these rarified

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Four Year-End Insights That Deliver Better Performance for Wing and Clays
Four Year-End Insights That Deliver Better Performance for Wing and Clays

As we approach the year-end of bird-hunting season it’s common to reflect back and remember the dog work and great shots we made. We also start thinking about the misses th...

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

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...

  • The Sauer SL5 Inertia Semiauto is Light and Fast

    The Sauer SL5 Inertia Semiauto is Light and Fast

    Not a year goes by that a well-known firearms manufacturer doesn’t come up with a new model that peaks the interest of shotgun enthusiasts worldwide. In late 2017 that manufacturer was Germany’s oldest gunmaker, J.P. Sauer and Sohn (now owned

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  • Famars Guns of Italy Gets an American Makeover

    Famars Guns of Italy Gets an American Makeover

    Some people in our sporting universe create beautiful shotguns. Others, like Paul Mihailides, make highly desirable shotguns while also building an all-encompassing upland nirvana in which to enjoy them. There’s a difference between the gifted craftsmen who build gorgeous shotguns

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  • Family Perseverance Pays Off for Close Quarters Canada Goose Hunting

    Family Perseverance Pays Off for Close Quarters Canada Goose Hunting

    This cutover cornfield hunt in rural Orangeburg County, South Carolina could take place just about any agricultural area. The Canada goose population continues to increase everywhere, which results in liberal bag limits for wingshooters. Goose hunters have to spend time

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  • A Texas Hill Country Respite at Joshua Creek Ranch

    A Texas Hill Country Respite at Joshua Creek Ranch

    The porch was long and spacious. There were comfortable chairs and tables along the wall, and a short drop from the porch down to the natural flora of Texas Hill country spread a few dozen yards out to a limestone

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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...