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.
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.
Topics: Hunting - Upland
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.
Topics: Hunting - Upland
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.
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.
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.
The turning leaves and cooler weather of the British countryside are a clear indication that the short Northern European summer is coming to an end.