Reconsidering Hunting “Plantations”


Neal Jr. works one of his seven Pointers in the Plantation country.

Because I live in Atlanta, many of my adventures in bird hunting and gun dogs occur on plantations. When I share my stories with people, they are often surprised by this reference. Response to the word “plantation” is not always positive, due to . . .

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Introducing Orvis Hill Country Shooting/Hunting Grounds


A lot of work has gone into getting the new property ready for a November 3 “soft opening.”
Photos by Reid Bryant

Summer seems to be hanging on in southern Pennsylvania, and the hills of the Blue Ridge are still lush and green. It’s been a wet and heavy late season, and despite the arrival of October, the afternoons are still given to porch-sitting . . .

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Podcast: “In Late Fall”

In what may become a periodic new format for the podcast, Reid shares a written story of an early duck hunt, and a traditional reunion with an old friend. These periodic spoken-word/storytelling podcasts may become a regular installment, so don’t hesitate to weigh in with your opinions. If you don’t see the “Play” button above, … Continue reading “Podcast: “In Late Fall””

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Introducing Durrell Smith

Written by: Durrell Smith


Durrell Smith and Ruger.
Photo by Josh Same

My name is Durrell Smith, and over the coming months, I will be contributing regularly to the Orvis Hunting Blog. It will be a pleasure to share a bit of my story, and to describe my insights, lessons, and adventures as I pursue the wonderful journey . . .

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Podcast: Conditioning Your Dog, with Jeremy Criscoe


Photo by Days Afield Photography

In this episode of the podcast, Reid speaks with Jeremy Criscoe of Blue Cypress Kennels, an Orvis Endorsed Labrador breeder. Jeremy describes the kennel operation, the focus on British . . .

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