Photos of the Day: Spring Training

Written by: Kip Vieth, Wildwood Float Trips


It’s been a long hard-water season for Bucky, who is glad to be getting wet again.
Photo by Kip Vieth

Well, baseball has its spring training, so we thought we would do a little of our own. Temps here in Minnesota finally got above 40, and Bucky the duck dog had a serious case of spring. . .

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Photos: A Christmas Day Hunt


Reid and Collins take a break below a good piece of cover.
Photos by Phil Monahan

I’m lucky enough to live in a spot where I can gear up and walk right out my back door and into the grouse woods, and it’s become my tradition over the past few years to spend an hour or. . .

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Photo: What’re They Eating?


Photo by Bill Curtis

My friend Bill Curtis sent in this cool photo, which shows the contents of the crops of several New York grouse that he shot. The variety of foods represented lets you know where to look for more birds.

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Photos: An Early Day in the Duck Blind

Written by: Phoebe Bean


Jess proudly poses with her ducks.
Photos by Phoebe Bean

On Saturday, my recent good luck with Eastern duck hunting continued; Dave Perkins, Nancy Mackinnon, Charley Perkins, Jess (Dave and Nancy’s lab from Wildrose Kennels), and I trundled off in the pre-dawn darkness to set up decoys and. . .

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Photos: A Lunch Date with Some Woodcock in Vermont

Written by: Scott McEnaney, Orvis Eastern ELOG Director


Diesel (left) and Ghillie are all smiles after their first time out for woodcock this year.
Photos by Scott McEnaney

The dogs were looking at me with eager eyes on Monday morning. They watched me head to the field a couple of times over the weekend…but I wasn’t bringing them along. It was opening of archery season here in Vermont, and it wasn’t anything. . .

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A Tale of Two Girls, Two Turkeys, and a Cow

Written by: Nathan Diesel, Orvis Leawood


These beautiful twin girls were on the author’s mind while he was in the turkey woods.
All photos courtesy Nathan Diesel

Our twin daughters came early and, for me, spring turkey season came late. Don’t misunderstand. Having twin daughters trumps a good turkey hunt any day of the week, but I will admit that I was more than happy when my wife told me that. . .

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Turkey Story: Listening to Good Advice Produces a Show-Me-State Bruiser

Written by: Steve Hemkens, Orvis Rod & Tackle


Steve Hemkens with the biggest turkey he’s ever seen, shot in Missouri.
All photos courtesy Steve Hemkens

I took a pit stop on my cross-country drive to hunt in my home state of Missouri with my Uncle and godfather, Andy Hemkens, on a farm he owns North of Macon. Before I moved to Vermont in 2005, I had hunted two seasons in. . .

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