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Product Review: Muck Boot’s Fieldblazer Classic & Summit Leather Boots

By Jake Smith Everything in the world of hunting and dogs involves a ridiculous number of choices. Dog breed. Shotgun. Ammunition. Training philosophies. Dog collars. Ad infinitum. Many lead to spirited discussions around lodges, campfires, duck blinds, pickup tailgates, and the odd watering hole. Most seem to be resolved with the familiar “agree to disagree,” […]

2019 Upland Gamebird Hunting Forecast Updates

By Dave Smith This update to our 2019 Upland Gamebird Hunting Forecast incorporates the results of late summer upland bird population surveys. This data measures recruitment of birds into the fall population, providing a more finely tuned forecast than was possible at press time for the magazine in mid-July. Our annual Upland Gamebird Hunting Forecast is a […]

Perfecting the Hunt Test

Judges explain how to better prepare to pass your next retriever event By Larry Saavedra Photography by Quick Dog Productions As retriever hunt test competitors, we have a lot more in common than our love of dogs and the great outdoors. There are common mistakes seen at all levels of the hunt test game, too, […]

Retrieving Freedom to break ground on new Sedalia, Missouri, headquarters

Purina contributes $50,000 toward new facility SEDALIA, Mo., March 4, 2019 – Retrieving Freedom, Inc. (RFI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to training service dogs for disabled military veterans and children with autism, hosted a ceremonial ground breaking at the site of their new headquarters in Sedalia, Missouri. The new 13,000 square-foot facility, located at 20360 […]

Chukar 2018 Traveling Wingshooter

The last few years have offered some of the finest chukar hunting in the last three decades. The 2016 chukar harvest in Nevada was the sixth best since 1992, Utah boasted stellar numbers for several years, Idaho was predictably good, and there were some incredible localized spikes – e.g., Malheur County of Oregon in 2016, […]

Prairie Grouse and Huns 2018 Traveling Wingshooter

The big news for prairie grouse is the breaking of the drought in the northern Great Plains. The drought resulted in lower populations coming into the spring of 2018, but the weather has been favorable from Kansas all the way to northeastern Montana. In South Dakota, habitat conditions for prairie grouse looked amazing throughout May, […]

Desert Quail 2018 Traveling Wingshooter

The bulls-eye of the U.S. Drought Monitor this summer covered some of New Mexico and Arizona’s better scaled, Mearns’, and, Gambel’s quail country. At first glance, it looks like a tough year for quail in the Southwest. But leave it to the always insightful desert quail expert, Jonathan O’Dell of the Arizona Game & Fish […]

Bobwhite Quail 2018 Traveling Wingshooter

The last three years have collectively provided the best bobwhite quail hunting of a generation in the states that account for the bulk of the wild bobwhite harvest, including Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa. The peak was staggered a bit, but the hunting was absolutely phenomenal in a couple of those states from the […]

Woodcock 2018 Traveling Wingshooter Forecast

The Northeast and parts of the Lake States were hit with the aforementioned major storm this spring, so the woodcock breeding population will likely be similar to 2017. In Maine, nearly two feet of snow fell in March, and the typical bare ground patches were covered, resulting in some mortality. However, conditions were subsequently good, […]

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