Pro Tips: Finding Your Target

Written by: James Ross, Chief Shooting Instructor

Recently, I have heard a few shooters, on the front deck, chattering about different shootings styles and techniques. One conversation struck me as particularly odd. A gentleman mentioned to his friend that recently he had made a big breakthrough with his shooting. His friend inquired as to. . .

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Video: Ptarmigan and Grouse Hunting in Norway

Here’s some very cool hunting footage from the mountains of Norway, featuring whitetailed ptarmigan, willow ptarmigan, and black grouse. Apparently, grouse hunting is the most common shooting field sport in Norway, making up 90% of all hunting trips. The country is certainly gorgeous, but it looks like you might have to do some cardio training to get in shape for this kind of workout.

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Photo Essay: The 8th Annual Orvis Shotgun Classic at Sandanona

A little rain didn’t stop the fun at the 8th Annual Orvis Shotgun Classic. The event took place on June 6th and 7th at Orvis Sandanona Shooting Grounds in Millbrook, New York.

If you missed the event and don’t want to wait until next year, you can always plan a visit to Sandanona. One and two-day Wingshooting and Fly Fishing Schools are offered, as well as private instruction, guided fishing, and gunfitting. Learn more here or call 800-235-9763 for more information.

Orvis’s Donna Galotto and Jody Frederick made sure everything ran smoothly.
Photo by Kathleen Moore
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Interview with Brett Ference, Orvis Hunting Product Developer

Brett Ference and his English Setter, Wyatt, after a day in the field.
Photo courtesy Brett Ference

Brett Ference—the man behind Orvis’s new hunting products every year and co-host of the Orvis Hunting and Shooting Podcast—sat down for an interview with the editors of the Wingshot blog last week, answering questions about his history as a bird hunter and angler, his path to. . .

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Video: A Wonderful Dog’s-Eye View of a Pheasant Hunt

I look at a lot of videos for these blogs, but I’ve never seen anything like this. Sure, I’ve seen plenty of attempts at shooting with a dog-mounted camera, but none of the resulting videos lived up to the promise. Until now. This is a gorgeous look at the whole pheasant-hunting experience from the. . .

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Sporting Dog Training the Wildrose Way, Part IV: Denials, Delays, and Diversions

You, not the dog, should be in control of when he retrieves.
Photo by Tim Bronson

Illustrations by James Daley

This week, I want to talk about achieving steadiness. I’ve already talked about this a lot, but that’s because it’s the foundation of a well-trained dog. A dog that does what it wants on its own is not going to be a satisfying hunting companion. It may do the right thing by instinct, but if it does the right thing at the wrong time, that’s not going to work out too well in the field, particularly if you happen to be. . .

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Video: Chukar Hunt, with a Side of History

Here’s a beautifully shot video of a chukar hunt in the snowy foothills of Western Idaho. Interspersed with the hunting scenes are informative vignettes with renowned writer Ron Spomer, who gives a little history of how chukar came to the U.S., as well as some tips for finding the birds.

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Sporting Dog Training the Wildrose Way, Part IV: The Most Versatile Training Tool


Scented tennis balls can help a pup learn to use his or her nose.

photo courtesy Paul Fersen

This is the fourth in a series of blogs looking at Sporting Dog and Retriever Training—The Wildrose Way, a book I worked on with Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels. It’s a remarkable book, and each week I’m going to touch on one aspect of the training. Last week, we talked about the problems created by waiting too long before starting to train your pup.

A few months before I picked up Murphy at Wildrose, I met one of Mike Stewart’s associate trainers, Craig Korff, at the Game Fair at Orvis Sandanona in Millbrook, New York. We began a casual conversation about training methods and philosophies, as one would expect, but then he took me to his truck and pulled out something that has proven to be not only the most valuable, but the most fun training tool I’ve ever. . .

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