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[Note: This is a re-post of a great discussion for beginners, or those just thinking about starting out (like me!) -KM]
Brett is joined by Orvis Shooting Instructor and former co-host Pete Kutzer to answer a question from a listener on how to get started hunting for both upland birds and waterfowl. Lots of details here. Grab a pencil as Brett and Pete cover everything from dog safety to preparing your boots.
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If you ever manage to hit one of the darned things—my season has been a little frustrating so far—cleaning a ruffed grouse is actually a pretty simple affair. Here’s an excellent demonstration from a Canadian hunter, who takes care to use the entire bird.
It’s time for the next Instagram contest. We know we seem a little obsessed with the canines, but we promise the inclusion of a dog in your photo is not required! This time the prize is a Hunter’s Blaze Orange Ball Cap.
One of the great things about having our offices located in the mountains of southwestern Vermont is that we have pretty much instant access to the outdoors. Last week, a few us of took a long lunch to chase grouse on a hillside behind my house. Orvis Rod & Tackle Manager Steve Hemkens brought his dog, Cayenne, and Eastern ELOG Coordinator Scott McEnaney brought. . .
We’re not ones to get particularly excited over celebrity sightings, but we have to say, this is pretty cool. Phil and Si Robertson of Duck Commander stopped by our Sandanona Shooting Grounds! We hear that over 6.5 million people watched the season final of their TV show Duck Dynasty last night, which doesn’t surprise us at all. Of course, everyone wanted to get a picture with these two:
Brett Ference (far left) with his new pals in Timber Lake, South Dakota.
photo courtesy Brett Ference
I flew into Bismarck, got my shells and additional supplies in town, and headed across a rolling brown ocean to Timber Lake, South Dakota (Population 592), for the three days of hunting wild pheasants. As a New Englander, I was struck by the absence of trees and endless horizons, which made me feel whatever the exact opposite of claustrophobic is. I had been invited by a friend to come along on an annual trip he makes with friends from high school and a few other. . .