The Orvis hunting blog celebrates all things wingshooting, featuring bird hunting news, articles, photos, videos, and podcasts. From hunting grouse in the north woods of Maine, to flushing coveys of quail on Southern plantations, to walking up pheasants in the grasslands of South Dakota, we cover all sides of the sport we love.

Podcast Classic: Getting Started – Upland Birds and Waterfowl

Written by: Kathleen Moore

[Note: This is a re-post of a great discussion for beginners, or those just thinking about starting out (like me!) -KM]

Brett is joined by Orvis Shooting Instructor and former co-host Pete Kutzer to answer a question from a listener on how to get started hunting for both upland birds and waterfowl. Lots of details here. Grab a pencil as Brett and Pete cover everything from dog safety to preparing your boots.

We have set up a voicemail box here at Orvis for your comments and suggestions for future podcasts. If you call, please remember to leave your name and where you are from in case we use your message in the show. The number is 802-362-8800.

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Announcing the Fourth #OrvisHunting Instagram Contest Winner!

Written by: Kathleen Moore

The winner! Photo by @ollie53:
“Hank and some Chukars. #orvishunting”

This was an extremely close week for the #orvishunting contest on Instagram. We can report we were fans of each and every entry, but we’re excited to announce our fourth winner, @ollie53!

It came down to a tie-breaking vote among six, so click on “Read More” to see the additional five finalists.


Video: Lunchtime Grouse Hunt in Vermont

Written by: Phil Monahan


One of the great things about having our offices located in the mountains of southwestern Vermont is that we have pretty much instant access to the outdoors. Last week, a few us of took a long lunch to chase grouse on a hillside behind my house. Orvis Rod & Tackle Manager Steve Hemkens brought his dog, Cayenne, and Eastern ELOG Coordinator Scott McEnaney brought. . .


Duck Commanders at Sandanona Shooting Grounds!

Written by: Kathleen Moore

We’re not ones to get particularly excited over celebrity sightings, but we have to say, this is pretty cool. Phil and Si Robertson of Duck Commander stopped by our Sandanona Shooting Grounds! We hear that over 6.5 million people watched the season final of their TV show Duck Dynasty last night, which doesn’t surprise us at all. Of course, everyone wanted to get a picture with these two:

Phil Robertson, Orvis Sandanona‘s Andrew Johnson, and Si Robertson


Announcing the Third #OrvisHunting Instagram Contest Winner!

Written by: Kathleen Moore

The winner! Photo by @natealexyoung:
“Brook waiting on the ducks #blacklab #duckhunting #orvishunting”

We are seeing more beautiful photos submitted to our #orvishunting contest on Instagram each week, and we’re officially obsessed. We’re excited to announce our third winner, @natealexyoung!

Didn’t win this time? Don’t worry, another contest announcement is coming soon.


Photo Essay: Making New Friends on a South Dakota Pheasant Hunt

South Dakota Pheasant Trip

Brett Ference (far left) with his new pals in Timber Lake, South Dakota.

photo courtesy Brett Ference

I flew into Bismarck, got my shells and additional supplies in town, and headed across a rolling brown ocean to Timber Lake, South Dakota (Population 592), for the three days of hunting wild pheasants. As a New Englander, I was struck by the absence of trees and endless horizons, which made me feel whatever the exact opposite of claustrophobic is. I had been invited by a friend to come along on an annual trip he makes with friends from high school and a few other. . .