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.

Podcast: What it takes to be an Upland Bird Hunter in the Southern Appalachians, with Christian Fichtel


Written by: Phil Monahan

Christian Fichtel shares spoils of victory with his partner.
Photo courtesy Christian Fichtel

Reid speaks with Christian Fichtel, manager of the Orvis store in Greenville, South Carolina. Christian is an avid southern grouse hunter and has spent years chasing birds throughout . . .

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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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