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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Video: Great Quail Action at Longleaf Plantation

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Here’s a great episode of the TV show “The World of Beretta,” featuring actor Gerald McRaney and NASCAR driver Ward Burton shooting quail at Longleaf Plantation in Mississippi. There’s a good focus on the conservation end of the equation, as well, but I really enjoy watching the dogs go on point. And Longleaf looks like some spectacular Deep South countryside.

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Video: Epic Western Pheasant Hunt

I stumbled on this wonderful pheasant-hunting video today. I don’t know anything about it, but I watched it twice in a row it’s so good. Enjoy! Only a few more months until bird season!

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Picture of the Day: Double Gun and Triple Quail

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What could be better than taking this trio of valley quail with a classic double gun?

photo courtesy Highland Hills Ranch

The hunting off-season is a great time to have your gun serviced. Whether you are the “send it back to the factory” type or you have access to a competent gunsmith, now is the time to have your favorite firearm(s) cleaned, repaired, and altered. Gunsmiths are usually not as busy, so turnaround time will be shorter. Knowing that your shotgun is in. . . Read More

Wingshooting Dream Team Comes to Sandanona June 7 & 8

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Improve your form and accuracy with lessons from a shotgunning “Dream Team.”

photo courtesy James Ross

People throw around the term “Dream Team” all the time, but the members don’t always live up to the billing. Next month, however, Sandanona Shooting Grounds will host the shotgunning equivalent of the 1992 Olympic Basketball team for the 7th Annual Shotgun Classic. Six of the greatest shooting instructors in the game today will come together for. . .

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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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