Just when you thought everything was going really well…. Get Holly’s account of what really happened in her new May column. On Shotgun Life at http://tinyurl.com/kn6zzpk
Phil Burtt, who manages the shooting at England’s Belvoir Castle, was in the US with his boss—Her Grace, the Duchess of Rutland—and presented a tutorial on grouse hunting at Hudson Farm, Griffin & Howe’s shooting preserve in Andover, New Jersey. Mr. Burtt may very well be the best grouse hunter in England and he generously shared his hunting tips. On Shotgun Life at http://tinyurl.com/o3kne53 .
The Blaser F3 shotgun is the “Renegade Genius” of over/unders when it comes to engineering. Now the new CEO of Blaser USA must parlay the gun’s astounding design into a larger audience. Read the story on Shotgun Life at http://tinyurl.com/mozj93t .
Americans won the top spots in the big-money, international sporting clays tournament in Dubai. With a total purse of $735,000 all contestants withstood desert heat, impossibly flat terrain, long targets and jet lag to make sporting clays history. Read the story on Shotgun Life at http://tinyurl.com/pr3vk99 .
Read Tom Keer’s “The Confessions of a Dyed-in-the-Wool Woodcock Hunter” to find out if you got it or not. On Shotgun Life at http://tinyurl.com/qxsoep7.
In her March column called “Hunting Zepplins,” Holly Heyser talks about mastering the big, slow incoming geese that almost seem too good to be true. On Shotgun Life at http://tinyurl.com/ovwetl5 .
So warns Tom Roster in his March column. He delves into the potential pitfalls of adding forcing cones, backboring, porting or any number of barrel modifications shooters employ in an attempt to improve their scores. Tom’s advice also applies to purchasing a used shotgun with modified barrels. Read Tom’s column on Shotgun Life at http://tinyurl.com/kwx8c6e .
Purdey celebrates 200 years with commemorative guns, apparel and accessories (you must see the new 20-gauge Damascus over-and-under). On Shotgun Life at http://tinyurl.com/pf9sgql .
Expert hunter and writer Ron Spomer makes a compelling case for stepping down in gauges for pheasants from 12 to 28. Heresy? Listen to what Ron has to say on Shotgun Life at http://tinyurl.com/le5zzgg .
Extreme sports are all the vogue. But when it comes to bird hunting, what’s the difference between extreme and awful? Holly Heyser has a word or two about that in her February column of “Butt, Belly, Beak, Bang!” on Shotgun Life at http://tinyurl.com/lfj5c3y .