• That First Year

    That First Year

    Everyone loves puppies. Sure they’re cute, but for hunters and field trialers puppies from good breeding represent hope and the possibility of a great career. Experienced pros focus their attention on the puppy’s first 12 months because they know how hard it is to teach an old dog new tricks. Read More
  • How the SP Paraboloid Overcomes Eye Dominance Frustrations for Wing and Clays Shooters

    How the SP Paraboloid Overcomes Eye Dominance Frustrations for Wing and Clays Shooters

    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 Read More
  • The New Southern Bird Hunters Association Aims to Amp Up Field Trials

    The New Southern Bird Hunters Association Aims to Amp Up Field Trials

    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 Read More
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Help Unleash Your Sporting Dog’s Potential
Help Unleash Your Sporting Dog’s Potential

Hard charging sporting dogs—like English pointers and setters, Labrador and Golden retrievers, English field cockers and Boykins, the dozens of versatile breeds among other...

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  • How to Feed Your Sporting Dog

    How to Feed Your Sporting Dog

    Canine nutritionists have long known that nutrition is key to performance, but how much and when we feed our dogs is just as important as what we feed. These factors can impact your dog’s energy levels, physical fitness, and post-hunt

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  • David Lanier: The Making of American Bird-Dog Artist

    David Lanier: The Making of American Bird-Dog Artist

    I set out quail hunting with David Lanier at Carr Farms in the plantation belt around his hometown of Albany, Georgia. He’s an affable guy with your average mid-50s paunch and a friendly clean-shaven face shaded by the brim of

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  • 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.

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  • Browning’s New A5 Sweet 16: How Sweet It Is

    Browning’s New A5 Sweet 16: How Sweet It Is

    Browning’s new A5 Sweet 16 semi-auto revives a classic and creates an upland hunter’s dream gun. Officially launched in 2016, the latest reincarnation of the Sweet 16 harkens back to a day when the 16 gauge was in its heyday.

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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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Shooting Tips, Gear & Shotguns

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...

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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