Video: How to Field Dress a Ruffed Grouse

If you ever manage to hit one of the darned things—my season has been a little frustrating so far—cleaning a ruffed grouse is actually a pretty simple affair. Here’s an excellent demonstration from a Canadian hunter, who takes care to use the entire bird.

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Video: Lunchtime Grouse Hunt in Vermont


One of the great things about having our offices located in the mountains of southwestern Vermont is that we have pretty much instant access to the outdoors. Last week, a few us of took a long lunch to chase grouse on a hillside behind my house. Orvis Rod & Tackle Manager Steve Hemkens brought his dog, Cayenne, and Eastern ELOG Coordinator Scott McEnaney brought. . .

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Duck Commanders at Sandanona Shooting Grounds!

We’re not ones to get particularly excited over celebrity sightings, but we have to say, this is pretty cool. Phil and Si Robertson of Duck Commander stopped by our Sandanona Shooting Grounds! We hear that over 6.5 million people watched the season final of their TV show Duck Dynasty last night, which doesn’t surprise us at all. Of course, everyone wanted to get a picture with these two:

Phil Robertson, Orvis Sandanona‘s Andrew Johnson, and Si Robertson

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Photo Essay: Making New Friends on a South Dakota Pheasant Hunt

South Dakota Pheasant Trip

Brett Ference (far left) with his new pals in Timber Lake, South Dakota.

photo courtesy Brett Ference

I flew into Bismarck, got my shells and additional supplies in town, and headed across a rolling brown ocean to Timber Lake, South Dakota (Population 592), for the three days of hunting wild pheasants. As a New Englander, I was struck by the absence of trees and endless horizons, which made me feel whatever the exact opposite of claustrophobic is. I had been invited by a friend to come along on an annual trip he makes with friends from high school and a few other. . .

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Podcast Interview: State of the Union – Waterfowl Edition with Ducks Unlimited

Brett Ference interviews Ducks Unlimited‘s Senior Communications Specialist and Producer of DU TV Mike Checkett about the status of the northern prairie region, breeding and population for 2012, effects of the drought and super storms on waterfowl habitat, predictions for the 2012 and 2013 waterfowl season and how you can get involved helping waterfowl and why it is important to everyone who enjoys the outdoors.

Ducks Unlimited is the world’s leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation.

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Announcing the First #OrvisHunting Instagram Contest Winner!

The winner! Photo by @mwillits53: “Malta Montana duck hunt from this fall. #orvishunting”

We absolutely loved seeing all the pictures portraying the joy of hunting season on Instagram, and we’re thrilled to announce our winner, @willits53! The photographer says “I think it will be an all time favorite of mine,” and we can certainly see why …

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Photo Essay: Upland Birds and Waterfowl in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Hunt

Covering a point in Saskatchewan.

photo courtesy Dave Brown

Each fall, I trade in my drift boat and fly rods for my 12 pointing dogs and two Labs, and I head up to what many consider the gray partridge Mecca of North America: Saskatchewan. The season always starts the same, as the Dogs and I get in the groove of long walks across native grass intermixed with agricultural fields of wheat, canola, peas, and lentils—high protein foods for the Huns and sharptails that . . .

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Podcast Interview: Prepare for Your Next Trip like a Pro

Brett is joined by Orvis Vice-President of Rod & Tackle, Jim Lepage and learns how to plan like a pro for his next hunting trip. They discuss everything from knowing local regulations to meal planning and how to plan for your dogs’ needs, too.

Got a question for the show? call us at (802)362-8802.

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