Beretta Blog

Ken Middleton Memorial Youth Pheasant Hunt/Sporting Clays Shoot

Posted by Dick Jones on Mar 26, 2015 5:23:00 PM

 

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Those who’ve never seen the sun rise over the winter desert have missed one of God’s most spectacular creations. First, there is a narrow strip of tequila sunrise color sharply contrasted by the jagged black skyline. The gradual warming of the cold eastern sky illuminates the highest hills behind you first, turning them into a warm pink color while the desert floor stays dark. The shapes of the washes and ridges bristle with prickly pear and manzanilla bushes. Gradually, almost imperceptibly, it becomes daylight. On this morning, a thin veil of clouds covered the sky for the YMCA’s High Desert Youth Pheasant Hunt promising to keep the dogs from overheating, even if the kids were a little cold.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Upland

What's a Beretta Trident Lodge? Try Joshua Creek!

Posted by Dick Jones on Mar 13, 2015 2:00:00 PM

upland-hunting-joshua-creek-lodge As often happens, this quail had no desire to conform to the well planned flush we’d set up. Instead of flying away from us and across the field, he popped up and flew right between our guide, Ryan Trovato, and my wife, Cherie. I realized Cherie’s view of the bird was obstructed by a tree so I took the shot. The bird fell in a little copse of oaks. “No problem,” Ryan said, “we were going to go that way next, anyway.”

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Upland

Upland Hunting Etiquette

Posted by Dick Jones on Mar 3, 2015 9:03:00 AM

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With Hunters in a line, it’s not only safer, but there are more safe directions you can shoot. Photo credit Travelsd.com

A while back, I hunted with Mike Johnson, a friend who runs the Clinton House Game Preserve in Clinton, South Carolina. My son in law, Jeff Jordan, had just begun training his first Boykin spaniel. Mike owns some of the best bird dogs I’ve ever hunted over, and his Tillie is the best flushing dog I’ve ever hunted over. It was a treat for Jeff to get to hunt over Tillie and he was full of questions. As we walked up on Mike’s pointer, Tank, who was locked up like a concrete yard ornament, Jeff asked, “Why did you decide to get a Boykin as a flushing dog?” Mike’s reply was, “I got tired of walking out in front of loaded guns.”

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Upland

Quail Hunting and a Visit to the Dream Ranch

Posted by Dick Jones on Feb 19, 2015 3:45:41 PM

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When my wife, Cherie, and I began making plans for our 2015 cross-country road trip to the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT), we decided to sample some of the finest hunting locations in the country. The idea was to alternate a travel day with a hunting or shooting day. We figured the ideal travel stretch for this would be about an eight-hour drive.
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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Upland

Six Tips for Seeking Outdoor Adventure in Fly-over Country

Posted by Dick Jones on Jan 18, 2015 4:12:22 PM

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The high desert is a beautiful place to hunt. I met Gio Schianna at the YMCA High Desert Hunt Club.

I didn’t even get to the Arizona line before I realized my mistake. The top was down and I was marveling at the rough mountains and remarkable terrain of the Nevada desert. It had already occurred to me I was going to be driving across the country on roughly the same route Todd and Buzz had traversed in their Corvette convertible way back in the 60s. I wasn’t in a Corvette convertible; I was in an old Mustang Convertible I’d just bought in Las Vegas. I should have driven back to Las Vegas and arranged for my wife, Cherie, to fly out on the next plane to join me for the ride back. It would have been a wonderful adventure, but I didn’t make the call. By the time I was half way across Arizona, I wished I had.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Upland

Southern Woods, Georgia Birds and Hospitality

Posted by Dick Jones on Dec 20, 2014 6:01:17 PM

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On Point: Chief and Sugar on point, with Kicker poised for the flush.

We were heading into the morning sun across a wire grass and scrub oak-covered knoll to pick up a long shot I’d just made. Spot, an English pointer, locked up and Joker backed. I assumed he was pointing my downed bird. The flushing cocker bounced in for the retrieve when the guide called, “dead bird,” and a single quail got up, flying strong and definitely not a dead bird. My wife, Cherie, was on the right side and downed the bird about 20 yards out. As the cocker headed out on the retrieve, another single popped out and I took the shot while Cherie was reloading. I broke my gun down and when one of the pointers moved forward, still another bird bounced out of the knee-high scrub oak, just as Cherie closed her gun. This one was hers, and she dropped the little bobwhite rooster in the wire grass. Incredibly, as she was reloading, another bird flushed and we eventually got six birds out of the spot within a few yards of where we eventually found my original dead bird. You can never predict how it’ll go on a Georgia quail hunt.

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Topics: Hunting - Upland

9 Tips For A Better Dove Hunting Season

Posted by Dick Jones on Oct 4, 2014 10:45:00 AM

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My favorite way to kick off the hunting season is a dove hunt. My very first wingshooting experience was a dove hunt with a 16 gauge single barrel and a tobacco field. I think I managed to put three doves on the ground with two boxes of shotgun shells. At the end of the afternoon, I had a sore shoulder and a love for the fast flying birds that fly so hard they squeak.

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Topics: Hunting - Upland

Three Steps To Fixing A Broken Hunting Retriever

Posted by Derrek Sigler on Aug 7, 2014 8:48:00 AM

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It was a nightmare scenario for a hunting dog owner. The local festival fireworks display sent cannon-like reports thundering through the small town, loud enough to shake houses and knock picture off walls. It was also loud enough to scare dogs, including a tolling retriever named Kenai  near and dear to my family’s heart.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck

Spring Scouting for Fall Grouse

Posted by Derrek Sigler on May 24, 2014 12:42:00 PM

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Hunting grouse can be one of the best ways to spend a fall day. You don’t need a ton of gear, just yourself, a trusty shotgun, a pocketful of shells, an orange vest and maybe a good dog. Decent boots are a plus as you’ll find yourself in some thick cover at times. A grouse hunt is never a waste of time, even when you don’t bag any of the tasty birds. Like any game species, grouse should be scouted, and you don’t have to wait until fall to do it.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Upland

Five ways to make your pheasant hunt better

Posted by Derrek Sigler on Apr 18, 2014 8:34:00 AM

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The ring-necked pheasant was introduced to North America in 1881. It is one of those storied game birds that keeps hunters motivated every season. While many states have game preserves set up for pheasant hunts, no other state has reached the mecca status that South Dakota has. Wherever you’re hunting pheasants, there are a few steps you can take to have a better hunt.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Upland