A Good Season Passed

Depending where you live in the country, hunting season stretches from September to March. For me, hunting season represents the culmination of months of preparation by the hunter and handler, and there is no more . . .

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Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting School at Flying B Ranch

After marinating the idea for four years, we are launching the inaugural Orvis-Endorsed Flying B Ranch Wingshooting Guide School from April 7-15. The title is a mouthful, we know, but it is important to note that this is no standard guide school. . . .

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Podcast: A Gun for Every Application


In this new podcast, Reid explores his thoughts on the ideal gun for a given application. With identity as a focus throughout, he considers how the gun used in a given environment must make sense both functionally, but also tonally. This podcast . . .

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Podcast: Maggie’s October

In another read-aloud session, Reid shares and reflects on the story Maggie’s October, first published in Shooting Sportsman Magazine. The winter season is a reflective time, with many thoughts drifting back to people, places, and moments. This is a . . .

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Podcast: Duck Hunting, with Charley Perkins

In this episode, Charley Perkins of The Orvis Company joins Reid to discuss all things duck hunting. Charley is an avid and lifelong waterfowler and a tremendous game shot. The two discuss shooting, both near . . .

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Developing My Written Histories in “The Gun Dog Notebook”

Written by: Durrell Smith


My Gun Dog Notebook is filled with the stories and memories of my days afield, following behind my young Labrador retriever, Ruger.
Photo by Josh Same

Roughly 20 minutes before writing this article, I was on the phone with a living legend by the name of Bud Moore. Now, before I proceed, I have to acknowledge what an honor and a privilege it was to be on the phone with a guy that won his first field . . .

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Podcast: A Discussion About Orvis Guns, with Greg Carpiniello


Greg Carpiniello in the Orvis Gun Room in Manchester, Vermont.
Photo courtesy Greg Carpiniello

On an early November evening, Reid returns from Orvis Sandanona with Gun Room Manager Greg Carpiniello. Recorded on a mobile unit that captures the sound of rain on the windshield, the two discuss the Orvis assortment of shotguns, and how . . .

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#MomentofChill 11.21.18: End of the Hunt

Today’s #MomentofChill is from our own Joel Ruby, and it captures the feeling of tiredness and satisfaction that comes at the end of a great day in the field with dogs and good friends. The grasslands of central . . .

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