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.

Photos: Ever Seen a Chocolate Grouse?

Written by: Tim Linehan, Linehan Outfitting Co.


The brown feathers on the grouse’s ruff was quite distinct.
Photos by Tim Linehan

This past fall, I had a client knock down this ruffed grouse. Notice that it literally has a chocolate ruff and tailband. I’ve seen in my entire life. I posted the photo on Instagram wondering if any other . . .

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A Well Designed Hunting Vest Saves a Dog’s Life

Written by: Michael Goodwin


Michael Goodwin and Cooper share the fruits of an Alaska ptarmigan hunt.
Photos by Michael Goodwin

The fall hunt for ptarmigan along Alaska’s Denali Highway was another fickle weather day–32 degrees and low clouds. Since it was just me and my Brittany, Cooper, I loaded my new vest with . . .

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Podcast: The Life Cycle and Habits of the American Woodcock


Written by: Phil Monahan

American Woodcock Scolopax minor, Parc-nature de la Pointe-Aux-Prairies, Montreal, Canada.
Photos by guizmo_68 via Wikipedia, via CC BY 2.0 license

In his latest podcast, Reid speaks with Al Stewart, Wildlife Biologist and Upland Gamebird Specialist and Program Leader for Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Al describes the life cycle . . .

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Podcast: The Role of Sage Grouse in Conservation Efforts


Written by: Phil Monahan

Ed Arnett explains the importance of the sage grouse to our concept of the West.
Photos via facebook and trcp.org

In his latest podcast, Reid spends some time with Ed Arnett, Senior Scientist for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. Ed and Reid discuss the role sage grouse play in the . . .

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Pro Tips: Kansas Prairie Chickens in September

Written by: Edgar Castillo


A Male greater prairie chicken always keeps a wary eye on his surroundings.
Photo by GregTheBusker, via Wikimedia CC BY 2.0

To most wingshooters, the allure of hunting prairie grouse includes breathtaking landscapes and wide, open spaces. Once numbering in the millions across several states, prairie chickens have . . .

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Podcast: Charley Perkins on Waterfowling and Lessons from a Life in the Outdoor Industry


Written by: Phil Monahan

Charley Perkins poses with his grandfather and outdoors mentor, Leigh Perkins, in Arkansas.

In his latest podcast, Reid spends some time with Orvis Hunting Product Developer Charley Perkins. Charley discusses his passion for waterfowl hunting, his innovations in hunting products, and . . .

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Finding the Right Gun Fit for Women Shooters

Written by: Megan Russo, Flatland Flyways


The author mounts the Syren Waterfowler, which is made to fit female hunters.
Photo courtesy Flatland Flyways

Here in South Dakota, we firmly believe that having a reliable and properly-fit gun is key, especially when that long-awaited flight of ducks or geese is cupped and finishing at your boot bags. . . .

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