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.

Photos: Early-Season Blues in Idaho


Written by: Phil Monahan

Steve hemkens and cayenne pose with Steve’s first true double, a brace of Blue Grouse.
Photo courtesy Steve Hemkens

Steve Hemkens, Orvis vice president of Rod & Tackle/Sporting Adventures, sent in this great photo, along with the story behind it:

I went out and tested the new Sling Pack with Miss Cay. (Cayenne is Steve’s English Springer Spaniel.) After a lot of sweating and walking,. . .

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Photos: Orvis Hunter Safety Course Brings the Passion to the Office and Families

Written by: Reid Bryant


Orvis’s Simon Perkins explains gun safety to a young student.

As Wingshooting Services Manger here at Orvis, I am fortunate to spend the bulk of my time surrounded by folks whose passion for upland and waterfowl hunting rivals my own. To work alongside people who recognize the smell of. . .

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Pointer School at Greystone Castle, Part I: “Whoa”

Written by: Jennifer Miller, Greystone Castle


All photos courtesy Greystone Castle

Freckles, Fritz, Gretchen, Heidi, and Buddy are littermates bred and born at Greystone Castle. They are staked out as they wait for their turn at “school.” The stake out teaches them to be patient and to submit to pressure on their neck. This relates to good leash. . .

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Dove Season is Almost Here at Greystone Castle

Written by: Jennifer Miller, Greystone Castle


Doves are starting to gather over the fields around Greystone Castle.
All photos courtesy Greystone Castle

Dove season at Greystone Castle is just a little over a month away! Our sunflowers are flourishing, and the birds are gathering in and around the fields. We are looking forward to dove season, which. . .

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Learning to Love a Flushing Dog


Written by: Reid Bryant

JB is such a good flushing dog that he caused the author to rethink his Brittanys-Only policy.
All photos by Scott McEnaney

Now let me start by saying that I’m a dedicated pointing-dog man. All of the hunters I have ever hoped to emulate were pointing dog men, too, and I blame them with for teaching me, in a grandfatherly way, that flushers were for. . .

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A Wingshooting School Within Sight of Chicago


Written by: Reid Bryant

Shooters work on field-style presentations at the McGraw Wildlife Shooting Center.
Photo via orvis.com

One of the common hurdles facing the urban wingshooter is finding a suitable place to shoot. A clays course, preserve, or suitable piece of public land to facilitate shooting often lies hours and miles away from a metro center, making access and opportunity a. . .

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