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.

Video: Ptarmigan and Grouse Hunting in Norway


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s some very cool hunting footage from the mountains of Norway, featuring whitetailed ptarmigan, willow ptarmigan, and black grouse. Apparently, grouse hunting is the most common shooting field sport in Norway, making up 90% of all hunting trips. The country is certainly gorgeous, but it looks like you might have to do some cardio training to get in shape for this kind of workout.

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Photo Essay: The 8th Annual Orvis Shotgun Classic at Sandanona


Written by: Kathleen Moore

A little rain didn’t stop the fun at the 8th Annual Orvis Shotgun Classic. The event took place on June 6th and 7th at Orvis Sandanona Shooting Grounds in Millbrook, New York.

If you missed the event and don’t want to wait until next year, you can always plan a visit to Sandanona. One and two-day Wingshooting and Fly Fishing Schools are offered, as well as private instruction, guided fishing, and gunfitting. Learn more here or call 800-235-9763 for more information.


Orvis’s Donna Galotto and Jody Frederick made sure everything ran smoothly.
Photo by Kathleen Moore

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New Issue of “The Contemporary Wingshooter” Now Online


Written by: Phil Monahan

The latest issue of the online publication The Contemporary Wingshooter has hit the digital newsstand, and inside its 210 pages, you’ll find lots of compelling articles and great photography. Among the topics you’ll find in the features section are turkey hunting in Montana, pheasant hunting in Ireland, and mountain quail somewhere near. . .

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Interview with Brett Ference, Orvis Hunting Product Developer


Written by: Phil Monahan

Brett Ference and his English Setter, Wyatt, after a day in the field.
Photo courtesy Brett Ference

Brett Ference—the man behind Orvis’s new hunting products every year and co-host of the Orvis Hunting and Shooting Podcast—sat down for an interview with the editors of the Wingshot blog last week, answering questions about his history as a bird hunter and angler, his path to. . .

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