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.

Sporting Dog and Retriever Training the Wildrose Way


Written by: Phil Monahan

Murph looking for leadership

Murphy is a Wildrose product, and he has been trained the Wildrose way, as well.

photo by Paul Fersen

Last year, I enjoyed writing a book with Mike Stewart, owner of Wildrose Kennels and the creator of the Wildrose Way of training dogs. Let’s be clear at the outset, Mike is the author and I was the writer helping him create the book. My area of expertise is in writing, not dog training, but I did learn more in that one-year period about training dogs, than in all the previous years of stumbling along and training on my own. I also happened to. . .

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Podcast: An Interview with Tom Deck, Author of “101 Tips for the Wingshooter”


Written by: Phil Monahan

In this episode of the Orvis Hunting and Shooting Podcast, Brett is joined by Tom Deck, an Orvis Shooting Instructor and author of an upcoming book titled 101 Tips for the Winghsooter. A great interview, filled with useful tips and advice!

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 802-362-8802.

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Podcast: An Interview with Tom Deck, Author of “101 Tips for the Wingshooter”


Written by: Phil Monahan

In this episode of the Orvis Hunting and Shooting Podcast, Brett is joined by Tom Deck, an Orvis Shooting Instructor and author of an upcoming book titled 101 Tips for the Winghsooter. A great interview, filled with useful tips and advice!

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 802-362-8802.

Click the play button above to listen to this episode. Go to orvis.com/podcast to subscribe to future episodes

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How Sandanona Saved Me, Or Why Shooting Lessons Are a Great Idea


Written by: Phil Monahan

James Ross 1

Shooting instructor James Ross sights down the barrel with me to diagnose any problems with gun mount, follow-through, or anything else that may cause me to miss the clay target..

photo by Sandy Hays

The final straw was my last shot of the 2010 Vermont grouse season. I’ve never been a good (or even mediocre) shot, but for the first time since I had moved back to the Northeast almost a decade earlier, I had gone the whole season without downing a single bird. I was determined to rectify the situation on that cold day before New Year’s Eve.

But after an hour of fruitless hunting, I was ready to give up and started walking back toward the car along a logging road. I remained alert, but hope was certainly waning as the last gate came into view. Suddenly, the whirring of wings bursting into flight sounded from a pine tree to my left, . . .

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