THE SONG OF HARVEST HOME

[Note from Author:  This article first appeared in the Ruffed Grouse Society Magazine in 2014 and is reprinted here with permission.  Happy Thanksgiving from Upland Ways!  We appreciate all of our loyal followers!] The rich ruffed grouse hunting tradition is deeply rooted in the Eastern United States and is spreading across the country into the…

THE GARAGE BAND

The classic scene in upland bird hunting has to be the dog quartering perfectly before the gunner with the bell around its neck tinkling as the dog works the cover.  Bright light pierces through the forest canopy like the lights of a stage.  As the dog hits the invisible thread of scent, her whole body…

THE SCHIZOPHRENIC WING SHOOTER

For me, shooting is such a mental activity.  When I feel good about myself and life, I tend to shoot well.  However, when I feel anxious or stressed, it negatively impacts my shooting.  I sometimes refer to myself as “The Schizoprenic Wing Shooter” because, when it comes to my accuracy with a scattergun, I never know who is…