The Orvis hunting blog celebrates all things wingshooting, featuring bird hunting news, articles, photos, videos, and podcasts. From hunting grouse in the north woods of Maine, to flushing coveys of quail on Southern plantations, to walking up pheasants in the grasslands of South Dakota, we cover all sides of the sport we love.

Expert Tips on Buying a Used Shotgun


Written by: Eric Rickstad
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If you plan to buy a used double barrel shotgun anytime soon, you’ll want to listen to the latest Double Barrel Podcast with Bruce Bowlen, Orvis’ Head Shooting Instructor at the Orvis Wingshooting School in Manchester, Vermont. It offers invaluable and in depth advise. Here are excerpts from the Podcast to give you some of Bruce’s great tips.

Click the play button below to listen to Expert Tips on Buying a Used Shotgun. Go to orvis.com/podcast to subscribe to future episodes

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Get More Time in the Field: Plan Annual Trips

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Annual Seve Commermorative Hunt
Mike Quartararo

All of us who have experienced a good day afield with dogs working and birds flushing feel anticipation as each fall bird season approaches. Leaves start to fall, the temperatures starts to drop and memories of wonderful times spent outdoors with friends and dogs enters into the mind. The question is: How do you make time to get out there as much as possible?

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What’s Good for the Goose


Written by: Simon Perkins
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Canada geese are beautiful and—if you cook them right—make great table fare.

Photo by John Bennett

Several weeks ago, I was driving with a client to an upland bird lease in central Montana. Halfway through the drive, we watched out the passenger window as several hundred mallards lifted out of a pond and rose into the sky in front of us. The conversation quickly turned to decoy spreads, calling techniques, and duck recipes. The flock turned south and beyond them we noticed a V of Canada geese heading in the same direction….

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First Pheasant

Jenna's First Pheasant
First Pheasant

Photo – Tim Daughton

I’m new to this, painfully new. I just completed my Hunters’ Safety course this past summer and had only aimed a shotgun at clays. I had no plans of coming home with a ringneck, but the possibility had me excited on the dark drive to our meeting spot before dawn. When I pulled my truck to the parking area on the side of the road, I was greeted by what I would learn would be the classic pre-hunt scene. My friends Steve, Tim, and Tim’s son Holden were outside their trucks, talking with coffee in their hands and Steve’s dog, Cayenne, lunging at the end of her leash. I was an emotional concoction of excited and nervous. I kept it to myself that I hadn’t felt this way since Prom Night. This was a whole different dance though, and the borrowed 20 gauge would’ve looked awkward with my teal dress from high school.

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Quail Hunting Wynfield Plantation


Written by: Paul Fersen

Quail season in Georgia is getting underway and having grown up there, I was feeling a little homesick, particularly this time of year. I called Todd Rogers at Wynfield Plantation just to get a little southern accent fix and talk about quail hunting. “We’re just getting underway. I’ve got some European guests here just getting ready to go out and the hunting is looking great for this year.

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Double Barrel Podcast – Training Your Gun Dog Part 4 – The First Hunts


Written by: Brett Ference

In the final episode of the my four-part series with Mike Stewart from Wildrose Kennels, learn how to convert the training to work in the field. Learn common mistakes and how to continue your dog’s success in the field. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

I want to thank Mike Stewart for being my guest in the studio for these podcasts! Check out his website at http://www.uklabs.com/.
Listen to this episode by clicking the play button below and subscribe to future podcasts at www.orvis.com/podcast!

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Double Barrel Podcast – Training Your Gun Dog Part 3


Written by: Brett Ference

In the third part of the four part series with Mike Stewart from Wildrose Kennels we cover more advanced training techniques and guidelines to continue to shape your gun dog to the ultimate field companion. (Part 1, Part 2)
Listen to this episode by clicking the play button below and subscribe to future podcasts at www.orvis.com/podcast!

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Chasing the Huns, Part II


Written by: Simon Perkins

Continued from Chasing the Huns, Part I Fifteen minutes later, Fern locked up again. We picked up the pace, climbing down the side of a slope before crossing a flat. She stood stiff and motionless, pointing thirty yards from a draw that ran the length of the hillside. As we walked in, I looked at Paul. He seemed more relaxed and I decided not to say anything. The covey of Huns scattered into the air in front of us. Joel missed his shots.

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Training Your Dog the Wildrose Way


Written by: Paul Fersen

I’m getting a new puppy the first of the year. He’s a Wildrose British Labrador out of their new sire FTch Glenoch Ruff who came from Northern Ireland this year. My dog Pickett is now 8 years old and at the peak of his performance physically and mentally, but it’s time to start bringing along the successor.

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Double Barrel Podcast: Training Your Gun Dog Part 2- The First Six Months


Written by: Brett Ference

In this, the second part of a four part series on training your hunting dog (see episode 1 here) of the Double Barrel Podcast, I’m once again joined in the podcast studio by my good friend Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels to discuss the all-important first six months of training your puppy. Mike goes into detail about a prgram he calls “Early Starts”.

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