#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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Reconsidering Hunting “Plantations”


Neal Jr. works one of his seven Pointers in the Plantation country.

Because I live in Atlanta, many of my adventures in bird hunting and gun dogs occur on plantations. When I share my stories with people, they are often surprised by this reference. Response to the word “plantation” is not always positive, due to . . .

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Introducing Orvis Hill Country Shooting/Hunting Grounds


A lot of work has gone into getting the new property ready for a November 3 “soft opening.”
Photos by Reid Bryant

Summer seems to be hanging on in southern Pennsylvania, and the hills of the Blue Ridge are still lush and green. It’s been a wet and heavy late season, and despite the arrival of October, the afternoons are still given to porch-sitting . . .

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Podcast: “In Late Fall”

In what may become a periodic new format for the podcast, Reid shares a written story of an early duck hunt, and a traditional reunion with an old friend. These periodic spoken-word/storytelling podcasts may become a regular installment, so don’t hesitate to weigh in with your opinions. If you don’t see the “Play” button above, … Continue reading “Podcast: “In Late Fall””

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Introducing Durrell Smith

Written by: Durrell Smith


Durrell Smith and Ruger.
Photo by Josh Same

My name is Durrell Smith, and over the coming months, I will be contributing regularly to the Orvis Hunting Blog. It will be a pleasure to share a bit of my story, and to describe my insights, lessons, and adventures as I pursue the wonderful journey . . .

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