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Spring Cleaning Tips: Get your Shotgun out of Mothballs

Posted by Tom Keer on Mar 5, 2019 9:28:00 AM

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On February 4th, Punxsutawney Phil announced spring would arrive in 6 weeks. I don't know about you, but after the long, cold, gray winter, I'm ready for blue skies and bright sun. Warm weather makes for ideal shooting conditions, and if your shotgun has been in the gun cabinet for a while it's time to get it ready for use.
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Topics: Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck, Hunting - Turkey, hunting - waterfowl

Too Hot? Too Cold? The Right Upland Gear for Success in the Field

Posted by Tom Keer on Feb 7, 2019 9:45:00 AM

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It's late in the season, and that means a lot has changed since we first cut loose the dogs in the fall. Instead of winds blowing from the warm south, they now come from the cold north. Trees full of leaves first turned colorful and then dropped to the ground. Seasonally warm-if-not-hot temperatures and their associated dryness are replaced by colder weather and accompanying moisture. Scenting conditions are better with the cooler, windier, and damp weather, but what does the weather change do for hunters? If you're not careful, you'll certainly stay warm but you'll miss one heck of a lot of birds. Or you might stay too warm and overheat.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Upland, UPLAND

Want to Quail Hunt? Read These Tips First

Posted by Tom Keer on Jan 30, 2019 11:39:22 AM

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Though it was 20 years ago, I remember looking out of my window like it was yesterday. The December wind honked from the Northeast, and with it came single-digit temperatures and a foot of snow. Sure I could slather up my dogs' paws with Musher's Secret, coat the inside of their bells with Pam spray to keep the clappers from filling up with ice, and slap on a pair of snow-shoes over my boots. My winter grouse hunt in the frozen tundra would be short thanks to the varsity effort required by all of us trudging through the snow. The birds likely would flush wild, I doubt I'd get even a single point, and if I did I'd have on so many layers that I wouldn't be able to move and would miss them anyway. I decided then and there that it was far better for me to head South and run the dogs on Bobwhite quail in ideal conditions. Nowadays, when our bird seasons close or the weather makes them impossible, I take my show on the road.

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Topics: Hunting - Upland, UPLAND

Don’t Let Shotgun Choke Tube Selection Choke You

Posted by Bill Miller on Dec 20, 2018 9:15:00 AM

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The choke tube wrench adapted to fit into the arbor of a cordless drill driver is apparently an urban legend – at least from the perspective of it being made commercially. Yet I’m sure a Frankenstein-ed version has shown up at the clays course on more than one occasion. Some shotgunners seem that addicted to changing choke tubes. No one needs a powered choke tube wrench, but watching some shooters on the sporting clays course, it seems like it’s an invention that would speed up their play.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck, Hunting - Turkey, hunting - waterfowl

How to Travel with Shotguns: Bring, Borrow or Rent?

Posted by Bill Miller on Dec 13, 2018 9:10:00 AM

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When you’re planning a wingshooting trip, whether it’s out-of-the-country or just out-of-state, there are many details to consider. There are some adventurers who enjoy dotting all the “I”s and crossing all the “T”s. To these folks, it’s all part of the trip and a way to be deeply involved. Planning and covering details is a welcome facet of anticipation.

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Topics: Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck, hunting - waterfowl

Can You Hunt with a Sporting Shotgun?

Posted by Bill Miller on Nov 15, 2018 10:08:00 AM

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What is the ultimate purpose of a hunting shotgun?

It’s not a trick question. Don’t overthink it.

The purpose of a hunting shotgun is to solidly hit the flying game at which you are shooting it.

So then … what is the purpose of a sporting clays shotgun?

Again, it’s to solidly hit the moving target at which you are shooting it.

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Topics: Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck, hunting - waterfowl

Shotgun Tips: How to Crawl Out of a Shooting Slump

Posted by Tom Keer on Nov 13, 2018 8:35:00 AM

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The season was a quarter century ago but I remember it like it was yesterday. The woods were thick, lush and green, and in the air was the smell of drying hay from the last cut of the year. I lit up the Opening Day woods like a house of fire. It didn't matter that the foliage was full or that the grouse and woodcock were dodgy. I hit most every bird at which I fired. I was unstoppable, or so I thought.

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Topics: Hunting - Upland

How to Unstick Your Shotgun's Choke Tubes

Posted by Tom Keer on Nov 7, 2018 9:36:00 AM

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My buddy laughed when I pulled out a can of a product that plumbers use called Nev-R-Seize. He watched me jack up my new boat trailer, remove the wheels, and coat the threads and lugs. "That's a waste of time," he said, "mine always pop off when I change a flat tire." Well, he got a flat on our way to launch his boat for a sea duck hunt. And guess what? He was right. We jacked up his trailer and with one strong torque with his lug wrench, and he snapped one cleanly off. "Next time I'll try your goo," he said.

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Topics: Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck, Hunting - Turkey, hunting - waterfowl

Why We Miss Birds in Upland Hunting

Posted by Tom Keer on Nov 1, 2018 7:58:00 AM

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The pointer was facing me, and I could see that he was locked up tighter than a tick. His head was high, his tail set was ramrod straight, and there was no question there was a covey of quail under his nose. The birds were between him and me, and since it was my turn to flush, and I whistled my pals on either side to get ready. When the big covey erupted, several on the edge flew straight away from my pal. He missed with both barrels.

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Topics: Hunting - Upland

What Dog Best Suits Your Hunting Needs

Posted by Tom Keer on Oct 26, 2018 9:24:00 AM

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The search for a hunting dog is always a mixed bag. Of course, it's exciting, and the process requires a tremendous amount of research. When you're looking at 8-week old pups there is a dash of luck required when you make your pick. It's a big time commitment, for there is hunting to be done. But care and training take up a big chunk, too. The fact that you'll likely have your pup for over a decade puts a lot of pressure on your pick. No one wants to make a bad choice because when the pup comes home, you're committed.

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Topics: Hunting - Upland, hunting - waterfowl