Final West Virginia Hunt
End of Season Omens

Rio the setter suddenly hits the brakes, sliding to a stop on a steep grade beside an old logging road being reclaimed by the forest. We’ve spent a couple days wandering the hills of West Virginia searching for late-season Ruffed Grouse with no luck. I can tell by her stance, even on this awkward angle, there is a bird here. There’s no style, no high-head, … Read more

Grand Canyon

Shooting Holes in Land Transfer

At the core of the raging public lands debate are two opposing views of federal lands. Transfer advocates believe the federal government owns the land. Transfer opponents believe the American people own the land which … Read more

Dead Deere

Depths of Cold

There seems no bottom to the depths of cold. It’s one of the few solace for hunting in frigid condition: could be colder, windier, at least it’s not…more miserable. I’m assured by medical science that … Read more

Puppy Rio Giveaway

SportDOG Brand & Mud River Sweepstakes

SportDOG Brand® partners with Mud River on a giveaway that includes everything needed to get started training your dog. Spring is just around the corner and bored bird dogs need to get back to work.  … Read more

Striving to be the most comprehensive upland bird hunting site online is a big challenge. We are digging through piles of content in order to better organize information and make it easily accessible to hunters. Why are we doing this? Passion. And the net result is less surfing and a better understanding of the sport for the average hunter

The intricate dance between dog, bird and hunter is a choreography that few understand and even fewer master. So many mistakenly believe upland hunting consists of one or two species of bird that virtually jump into a game pouch at the crack of the nearest shotgun. There are actually no less than 27 different upland species (not counting numerous sub species) distributed throughout all 50 states. The bulk of these birds have no interest whatsoever in taking a ride in a game bag and will use tactics learned over centuries of being stalked to avoid it.

From arid dessert to jagged peaks, gamebirds inhabit the full range of terra. Proven hunting strategies perfected on the open prairie may fall woefully short in other domains. If you’ve been a bird hunter your entire life chances are you still haven’t done it all. In the broad scheme of things few are more than an apprentice and there are plenty of variables to keep one entertained for a lifetime.

So let’s get hunting. There are lots of different shotguns to shoot with new shells to test, tons of different dogs to hunt over, mountains to scale, prairies to cross, forests to navigate, and dozens of birds to research and pursue. And that’s exciting.