Improve Your Scores in 2014
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FREE 60-second shotgunning tips daily from pros such as Chris Batha, Andy Duffy, Orvis’ Bruce Bowlen, Gil & Vicki Ash, Bob Brister, Peter Blakeley, Jack Bart and more. Sign-up for our series called “60 Seconds With…” Start here: http://tinyurl.com/dyygsbl

Dove and Pheasant Hunts Texas-Style at Joshua Creek Ranch
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Joshua Creek Ranch in the Texas Hill Country serves as the proving grounds for a 20-gauge Zoli Expedition EL. We shoot doves and driven pheasants at this Beretta Trident Destination, while savoring the vittles of Chef Kay Read. Start the journey here: http://tinyurl.com/lql2at7 .

Guerrilla in a Ballroom: a Brief Lesson in Civilized Hunting
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Holly Heyser confronts her inner-guerrilla duck hunter in a struggle of techniques. To decoy or not to decoy? Find out who wins, the Civilized Holly or the Guerrilla Holly, in her December column of “Butt, Belly, Beak, Bang” on Shotgun Life at http://tinyurl.com/q6nr9g9 .

 

Why Winter Requires Ammo Changes
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The Shotshell Professor debunks the myths to reveal the best ammo for bird hunting this winter. You’ll be shocked at his results. Check it out at http://tinyurl.com/o3ruux2

The Rise of Beauty, Lust and Fashion at Beretta Premium
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The little-known Beretta Premium Division held a meeting in September at the beautiful Highland Hills Ranch to discuss their plans for 2014 and beyond. What transpired was an opportunity to hunt birds and shoot clays with Beretta’s most expensive shotguns costing upwards of $100,000 and more. The meetings, though, revealed an ambitious plan to make our hunting dreams come true — at a price! Find out what the Beretta Premium Division has in store for you at http://tinyurl.com/ljpk7z6 .

 

19th Century Quail Hunts at Pine Hill Plantation
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Doug Coe is on a mission to preserve authentic 19th century style quail hunts at his Pine Hill Plantation in George. His mule-drawn wagons, horseback guides and special breed of quail had given us covey flushes that make for upland dreams. Get the details at http://bit.ly/1hCBbFL .

Shooting With Fabbri in Italy
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Fabbri crafts limited numbers of bespoke shotguns that can cost upwards of $200,000 in their state-of-the-art Italian factory. Michael Sabbeth reports on shooting birds with the super-exclusive Fabbri Titanium at breathtaking medieval estates there. Start your journey now: http://tinyurl.com/q49mv9v .

Understanding Lead Shot Quality: Part 2
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Last month in Part 1 of this Shotgun Life two-part series, Tom Roster discussed parameters and standards for shot size designations and pellet sphericity for lead shot. In his November column, Tom gets into shot hardness and plating. When it comes to shotshells, Tom wants to make sure you get what you pay for and hit what you must. Read Part 2 here: http://tinyurl.com/llqfvxz .

Exclusive Bosis Shotgun to Raise Money for Bobwhite Quail Research
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A magnificent 20-gauge over/under from the workshops of Luciano Bosis and master engraver Stefano Pedretti to help fund research into the preservation of Southeastern bobwhite quail habitat by the Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy. Get details and photos at http://tinyurl.com/l8hcmum .

Beretta’s 486 Parallelo in 20 Gauge Surfaces in the US at Highland Hills Ranch
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There are only 3 prototypes in existence of the forthcoming Beretta 486 Parallelo in 20-gauge and Shotgun Life managed to evaluate one at the stunning Highland Hills Ranch. This story is a follow-up to our evaluation of the 12-gauge version. If you’re in the market for a new side by side, our scoop on the 20 gauge is a must-read. Get started now at http://tinyurl.com/knl5b9b

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