Hunting Culture

pen-raised quail for bird dog training in a quail pen.
Living with Pen-Raised Quail for Dog Training

Here is a collection of stories, mistakes, and trials of living with pen-raised quail to…

A bird hunter and bird dog during it's first hunting season.
Setting Expectations for Your Dogs First Hunting Season

Taking the lessons from a first bird hunting season with a bird dog The young…

A woman bird hunting out west with an Arrietta shotgun.
Gun not for Sale – An Arrieta Shotgun Legacy Story

Why I would never sell my Arrieta side-by-side shotgun. I cannot recollect where I was…

A bird dog trainer holding a training pigeon.
Things They Don’t Tell You About Bird Dog Training

Pigeons are disgusting and other surprises not disclosed when you get your first gun dog…

A bird dog on point in thick cover
Hard Lesson Learned on Wind Direction and Hunting Dogs

A hard lesson learned about wind direction for a first time hunting dog handler In…

A hunter holds up a chukar from a preserve hunt
Adapted Upland Traditions – Upland Preserves

The importance of Upland Preserves in our hunting community. With an avid outdoorsman for a…

A bird dog puppy laying in the grass.
What Just Happened to My Life: Bringing Home Our First Gun Dog

A first hand perspective of adding the first gun dog to the family It was…

A hunter holds up a Sage Grouse
Sage Grouse Wisdom- Hunting and the Realization of their Critical Future

A story of Sage Grouse hunting and a realization of the critical nature of their…

Lee Lee Milner training a bird dog.
May Every Woman Have a Hunting Dog

Being outside with a dog gets us out of our heads, forcing us to focus…

A partridge hunter holds up a ruffed grouse.
Bird Hunting Without a Dog – Breaking the Stigma

Bird hunting without a dog is a controversial subject in the upland community, but nevertheless…

A hunter recovers a woodcock without a bird dog.
How to Recover More Birds Without a Dog

Do you use these strategies to recover more birds without a dog? If you’ve been…

A boy with his hunting dog.
The Other Reasons We Buy Hunting Dogs

There are many reasons, unrelated to wingshooting, that we buy hunting dogs. The decision to…

A ruffed grouse hunter holds a bird.
Grouse Hunting Should be on Everyone’s Bucket List

Hunting the “King of the Birds” is more than just another bird in the bag—it’s…

A group of bird hunters follow a dog through thick cover
The Difference Between Upland Purists and Opportunist

At the end of the day, Upland Purists and Opportunists have the same goal. The…

An upland hunter walks through a young Aspen forest
Why Upland Hunting is the Ultimate City Escape

The Ultimate City Escape is in the covers of the Upland World. Long before I…

non-profit volunteers works on a habitat project for woodcock
How to Keep Busy in the Uplands During the Off Season

Here are some ideas to stay active in the uplands during the off season from…

A young dog on a whoa table.
I Need More Training than my Gun Dog

Our own abilities and dedication are the solid foundation of gun dog training—Confessions of a…

A hunter mentors a younger hunter in one of his covers
Why Upland Hunters Need to Share their Covers

The future of upland hunting is more important than our personal needs. I hate to…

Aaron Regier of Modern Wild our hunting woodcock.
Modern Wild and Project Upland on the Natural Born Hunter Podcast

Aaron Reiger of Modern Wild and A.J. DeRosa of Project Upland on the Natural Born…

A close up shot of the detail on a pheasant
Hunting Photography- Reinventing the Hero Shot

Hunting photography is full of hero shots. The upland community is no exception. So what…

A woodcock hunter spreads the wings on a timberdoodle.
The Many Names of the American Woodcock

5 memorable nicknames of the American Woodcock While on the road this year, I heard…