Hunting Dogs

Spay, Neuter or Not

For both health and performance reasons, fewer owners are spaying or neutering their dogs—and then only after the dogs are at least a year old.

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers chairman of the board, Ryan Busse.

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers

Forged around an Oregon campfire by a group of hunting buddies in 2004, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers organized around a simple but novel response to the challenges facing the friends’ outdoor pursuits.

While There Were Still Wild Birds: A Personal History of Southern Quail Hunting

Remembering Wild Quail

It’s hard to foster a budding young Babcock or Ruark on an ersatz diet of pen-raised quail. While There Were Still Wild Birds: A Personal History of Southern Quail Hunting, by Richard E. Rankin Jr., is one modern exception.

Going Big with Small Gauges

Going Big with Small Gauges

Lately there has been a resurgence in the popularity of small gauges among fine-gun enthusiasts and collectors, and now several bespoke makers are being commissioned to build these for discerning clients.

2018 Dog of the Year Winners

Every entry deserves recognition, but in the end this was a contest. Following are brief bios of the three winners and the great prizes they received from our generous sponsors.

Acting for Migratory Birds

Acting for Migratory Birds

A recent legal opinion that the illegal taking or killing of migratory birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act does not include incidental taking or killing could have adverse effects on waterfowl.

Enquiring Minds

Enquiring Minds

Readers have enquiring minds, and I receive many thoughtful letters throughout the year. I always am glad to help. It’s time again for a round of exchanges that should be of general interest to shotgunners.