Photos of a Gorgeous November Grouse Day

Grouse Hunting with Steve and Cayenne

That is one pround dog and a beautiful grouse.

photo by Phil Monahan

On Saturday morning, Orvis Rod & Tackle merchandising manager Steve Hemkens showed up with his field-bred Springer, Cayenne, to hunt the grouse cover behind my house. For those of you who have never chased ruffed grouse through the northern woods, this is a pretty labor-intensive affair. However, we got off to a great start: the very first piece of cover produced. . .

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Great Deal: Shooting Instruction at Orvis Sandanona

Sandanona on Gilt City

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Gilt City is offering a great deal for Shooting Instruction at Orvis Sandanona, located in Millbrook, NY. You can choose between two people ($199) and four people ($299). If you’re new to Gilt sales, all you have to do is click here and then click “Become a Member” (it’s free). Then click “Buy,” and you’re on your way!

This is the kind of sale I can really get behind. Having spent two days at Sandanona Shooting grounds recently, I can tell you with authority you WILL have fun here. Whether you’re a complete novice (me), or an expert, the staff here will get you out there having a blast, and improving your shooting in no time.

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Photo Essay: Upland Hunting East of Great Falls

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Els and Chad plan their approach to a wide-open stretch of grass.

All photos by Simon Perkins

My office today looks a lot different than my “office” last October. That’s because this fall I am saddled up to a desk next to Mr. Phil Monahan (notorious editor of, whereas last year I was walking the rolling hills of central Montana every day with my bird dogs, as we guided hunters for sharptail grouse, Hungarian partridge, and pheasants. Although I love my new job (and my new office neighbor), I missed Montana and had to. . .

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Video: Grouse and Woodcock in Northern New Hampshire

If you’ve never pushed through thick brush chasing grouse and woodcock, this video really captures the experience. My friend Lisa Savard (with whom I went to middle school back in the day) guides a hunter, following her Brittanys, Dee, Jack, and Puyear. The woods near Pittsburg, New Hampshire—where Lisa’s Lopstick Lodge is located—are unforgiving, as you’ll see. From thick brush to water hazards to. . .

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Shooting Tips: Proper Set Up, More Broken Targets

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Many shooters I have worked with recently have had problems with consistency. Many of these problems can be easily corrected by paying attention to your set up or pre-shot routine. Here are some tips to remember for proper set up and improved shooting.

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Picture of the Day: Product Testing in the Office

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Tyler Atkins, a Control Buyer for Orvis Rod & Tackle and Hunting, tests the comfort of a new duck blind.

photo by Sam Brown

Product testing can be tough work, involving long days in the field, sometimes in awful weather conditions. But not always. Here’s an example of Orvis’s Tyler Atkins testing out a new model of duck blind at the Orvis HQ in Vermont. According to Tyler, “The zipper door made for quick access to my

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Slideshow: Late-Season Lunchtime Grouse Hunt in Vermont

Grouse Huntin in Vermont

The grouse on the side of my Orvis Uplander were the only ones that didn’t fly away that day.

photo by Tim Bronson/468 Photography

As my last post made clear, I’m ready for summer to be over, because fall in Vermont is my favorite season. Today I ran across a bunch of photos by my friend Tim Bronson from last December.

I was heading out on a lunchtime grouse hunt, and he offered to come along and shoot some photos. I happen to have borrowed an Orvis Uplander over/under from Gun Room Manager John Rano and had a new. . .

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Video: Ducks, Dogs, and Snow

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After spending a half hour outside under the the blazing August sun, I thought about how I can’t wait until fall. That made me think of hunting season, of course, and my desire to do more duck hunting. When I got back to my desk, I found this great video, which captures the glory of a frigid morning spent crouched among the reeds, waiting for flights with the dog at your side. Only a few months now. . .

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