Video: Dove Hunting at Los Ombues

When you’re out wingshooting, do you ever run into the problem of too many birds? Carlos Sanchez at Los Ombues Lodge in Argentina recently sent me this video of a guest who seems to be struggling with the volume of doves flying by: “too many to concentrate on,” he says. I think that’s a problem I’d like to be confronted with sometime.

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Highland Hills Ranch Named 2012 Orvis Wingshooting Lodge of the Year

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A guest a Highland Hills Ranch takes a nice crossing shot on a hard flying chukar.

photo courtesy Highland Hills Ranch

Highland Hills Ranch, located in north-central Oregon, was recently named 2012 Orvis Wingshooting Lodge of the Year at an event held in Key Largo, Florida. This is the second time that Highland Hills Ranch has been awarded this honor, making it only the second two-time winner. This award is based on. . .

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Los Ombues Named 2012 Orvis International Lodge of the Year

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Los Ombues guest looking to bag one of the many species of ducks in the
Parana River floodplain, Entre Rios, Argentina.

photo courtesy Los Ombues

Los Ombues Lodge in Entre Rios Province, Argentina, is the first wingshooting lodge to receive Orvis’s International Lodge of the Year award. The award is based on customer feedback sent to Orvis and reflects customers’ recent experiences at a sporting destination. Carlos Sanchez and his associates at Los Ombues cater to Orvis customers who travel to hunt ducks, doves, and perdiz on their 37,000-acre property bordering the Parana River. Those customers routinely rave about. . .

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Video: Using a Bumper Launcher to Help with Longer Retrieves

Here’s another great dog-training video from Ethan Pippitt, senior dog trainer at Willow Creek Kennels. In this lesson, he’s working on ways to help dog with long retrieves. Sometimes, in the field, a dog will search well short of the mark. Using a bumper launcher will help the dog accurately judge distances and learn how far out to start looking. And here’s the. . .

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The Games We Play

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In shot gunning there are many different ways we can improve our hit percentage. Skeet, Trap, Sporting clay, or just going to the local sand pit with a hand thrower are all ways to have fun and perfect your shot gunning skills. In this podcast Brett and I attempt to explain the different shooting game’s we enjoy and think you will too.

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Video: Grouse and Woodcock in the North Woods

Here’s a cool video by my friend Lisa Savard, filmed in the woods near Cabins at Lopstick, which she owns and operates with her husband, Tim. Living in the Connecticut Lakes region of far-northern New Hampshire, Lisa and her dogs have access to thousands of square miles of woods, but you can see that this is no walk in the park. The cover that grouse and woodcock prefer can be thick stuff, where it’s difficult to even get a shot at a flushed bird.

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Murph’s First Bird: Picking at Sandanona

I’ve been training Murphy for almost a year now, and he’s seen his share of feathered bumpers, goose scented tennis balls, and frozen ducks, but the opportunity to get his mouth on freshly downed birds was not something I was taking lightly. I wanted a somewhat controlled, but real environment, and a Continental Release at Sandanona Shooting Grounds in Millbrook, New York, seemed just the place.

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Video: Huntin’ at Zeke’s

This is no lodge experience. Hunting at Zeke’s Rooster Ranch is the North Dakota equivalent to a Vermont deer camp, only on a grander scale. During pheasant season, men and dogs congregate from all over the country to hunt pheasant and enjoy some time off the grid. To explain the history of how all these men are connected and how I got there would take. . .
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To train your hunting dog, you must be a leader

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Your hunting dog already knows what to do in the field, but he or she looks to you for leadership.

photo by Paul Fersen

Some of the most interesting things about working with Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels—I was taking a dog-training course and writing a book with him at the same time—are the subtleties that are far beyond the actual mechanics of running drills. Perhaps the most important premise (and the thing that most people simple don’t get) is that dog training is more about training yourself how to train the dog.

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