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New Farm Added to Harpole’s Upland Program


Written by: Paul Fersen
Harpole's Heartland Lodge
Harpole’s Heartland Lodge


Gary Harpole of Harpole’s Heartland Lodge and I were talking Friday, and he was pretty enthusiastic about a new 450-acre farm that he just added to the other 2,000 acres in his upland program.

“This is all CRP land in native grasses and has been managed for wild quail in the past. It has gently rolling hills and some tree lines and fencerows, and has that kind of ‘hunting Uncle Charlie’s’ farm feel to it. It’s only ten minutes away, and we’ve been improving it with food plots. Our upland hunters. . .

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Praise for Primland Lodge


Written by: Paul Fersen
Primland Lodge
Primland Lodge

The Orvis Board of Directors meeting was held in Roanoke last week. Afterward, they spent a few days at Primland, one of our endorsed hunting lodges located on the front range of the Blue Ridge in southern Virginia. Since their return, I have heard nothing at the lunch table but praises for Primland, and in particular the new lodge.

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Two Bad Days Make for Good Memories


Written by: Paul Fersen
A cold crew of grouse hunters
A Cold Crew of Grouse Hunters

Were all of our sporting endeavors successful they would cease to be very memorable. It’s the bad days that make the good ones long remembered and in some cases offer us the best opportunity for a few laughs.When a recent nor’easter demolished a grouse hunt and a trip to Long Island Sound the next day in pursuit of false albacore; both of which had been planned for a while, so I was not about to cancel them.

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Not Enough October


Written by: Brett Ference
October Days
October Days
Brett Ference

October is already over! I tell you, there was a serious oversight when only 31 days were put on the calendar in October! I am not sure where or with whom I need to lobby to have this month extended by another 30 or 40 days (preferably all Saturdays and Sundays) so I will throw this out to cyberspace and see if others will join my cause.

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Pheasant Hunts at Highland Hills Ranch


Written by: Paul Fersen
Pheasant hunting at Highland Hills Ranch
Pheasant hunting at Highland Hills Ranch

I just got off the phone with Dennis McNabb of Highland Hills Ranch, a western wingshooting lodge located in the high desert region of eastern Oregon. A factor that plays a big part in their success.

“We only get about 10 inches of rain a year,” said Dennis, “but the location is a big plus for bird hunters as our February and March weather is no different from our October and November weather. We’re really not that high either and we have good water resources here. Contrary to popular belief we don’t get buried in snow and our hunting seasons have generally great weather throughout the fall and winter months.”

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