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Dog trainer and guide Tracey Lieske

Wild Wing North Outfitters

Dog trainer and guide Tracey Lieske has used the Northern grouse woods as summer training grounds for many years.

Minnesota-grouse

Grouse of a Feather

Which spot in the vast North Woods would give me an exemplary feel for both the hunting and the hunters? The answer came from Minnesota photographer Lee Kjos, who during a phone conversation mentioned Little Moran and its proprietor, Steve Grossman.

Firesteel Creek Lodge Bird Hunt

Join us October 29-November 2, 2016 at the charming Firesteel Creek Lodge in Isabel, South Dakota for exceptional grouse, pheasant and partridge hunting as well as excellent dining and off-the-charts hospitality. There’s no doubt that after a wingshoot with hunters from the Shooting Sportsman family of readers you’ll leave with a few new life-long friends.

The Hunter’s Heartland

For me, though, the essence of Heartland Lodge was captured in the final image of our last day’s hunt, a perfect blue-sky December day spent in the field with guide Terry Abney: the sudden blaze of sunset on a cackling rooster’s wings, the gun’s thump against my shoulder, and out there beyond the dogs, right where the hillside falls away, the sight of golden feathers bursting like a firecracker and the big bird tumbling, tumbling down.

Firesteel

Readers & Writers Adventures

Choose from three once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to join celebrated magazine writers and fellow wingshooting aficionados on some of the best bird hunting trips on the planet. Sign up for more information about this year’s trips and we’ll keep you updated about space availability, new trip information, and Adventures news.