Here’s some very cool footage of wild-pheasant hunting in South Dakota last month. Two guys, a few dogs, and a whole bunch of birds offer plenty of action. My favorite part is when he shoots at a far-flushing bird, only to have an entire flock take off closer to him. That looks like some magical country. According to the video-maker’s comments, this is all public land.
It’s no secret that hunting has an age problem, with too few young people coming into the sport. That’s why it’s so great to see a video like this, about teaching kids how to hunt safely and have fun. Sure, these are planted birds, but they offer a great classroom for this group of eager students. The smiles and laughter are good indicators that a few more lifelong sportsmen and -women have been created. Don’t mind the short advertisements here; they don’t ruin the enjoyment of watching someone down their first bird.
A gorgeous new issue of the online magazine The Contemporary Wingshooter is now online. Although you do have to sign up to read it, it’s free.
In this issue, you’ll find a beautiful photo essay on Montana duck hunting by Brian Grossenbacher, a great story by Terry Wieland on chasing ducks in frigid South Dakota, and a funny yarn about turkey hunting by Paul Carson. But there’s a whole lot more, including columns on. . .