Editor’s Note by Ralph Stuart
As part of that commitment, we constantly are looking for ways to improve the content we provide and the way it is presented. So we have seized on this occasion to make some adjustments. The first, you may have noticed, is on the cover. We have changed our tagline to be more reflective of the subjects that we address: Birds, Guns, Dogs, People, Places. We remain all things wingshooting & fine guns, but we wanted to define the elements on which we focus. Dropping the words “The Magazine of” reflects the fact that we are more than just an ink-on-paper publication. We communicate through our digital edition, website, e-newsletter (Shooting Sportsman Insider) and active Facebook and Instagram pages.
Another change we have made is to add a department called The Opener. The two-page spread features an attention-grabbing image and a brief description by the photographer. It is a feast for the eyes and a visual kick-start to each issue.
Scattershot is what we’re calling a new section defined as “Gear & Advice for the Sporting Life.” It includes a variety of departments, from Shooting and Shot Talk to Hunting Dogs and Conservation. To the mix we have added a pair of product-test columns: Gear Guide and The Gun Rack. These are in response to readers’ requests for more evaluations of quality gear and value-priced guns.
Also in response to reader input is a department called Going Public. We have been hearing a lot lately from do-it-yourself hunters and wanted to start spotlighting public-land opportunities. One of the great things about this country is the amount of public ground open to recreation; hopefully this will inspire the self-sufficient among us to get out and enjoy it.
And the last change—again in the DIY vein—is that we’re going to be including more service-oriented features. If there’s one thing we’ve learned through the years, it’s that our readers are doers. Instructional articles will provide information that inspires involvement and action. An example this time is Chad Love’s “Pheasants, Lately,” on hunting the southern Plains. Such how- and where-to advice should get any diehard hunter fired up.
Of course, with all of these changes, we welcome your input. Comments, criticisms, suggestions—they’re all good. And they’ll be invaluable in helping us deliver the experience you want for the next 30 years . . . .
Looking to the future with A.A. Brown & Sons
by John Ian Gregson
Late-season roosters on the southern Plains
by Chad Love
Hunting with Hammerguns
The joys of wingshooting with ears back
by George W. Calef
Los Ombues Lodge: head & wings above the rest
by Reid Bryant
Welcome to Humility
Lessons in virtue, taught by grouse and man
by Vic Venters
From the Editor
Celebrations and changes on our 30th anniversary
Nontoxic rules, merits of hunt tests & fetching memories
Close Encounter: an unexpected outcome on a pheasant drive
Game & Gun Gazette
Scouting for the future, engraving’s feminine touch, a detailed map app, and more
The Fox A Grade serves Ansley’s legacy well
by Bruce Buck
A selection for post-holiday “me-gifting”
by The Editors
To Arizona for Gambel’s quail and wide-open spaces
by E. Donnall Thomas Jr.
To the Point
The memories of our wingshooting travels
by Tom Huggler
Great advice for the sporting life
Beating feet in five upland boots
by Ralph Stuart
The Gun Rack
A nice 20-gauge at a really nice price
by Ralph Stuart
Robert Churchill and his iconic XXV
by Chris Batha
HEVI-X: the mid-density nontoxic
by Tom Roster
Flying the friendly skies with dogs
by Ed Carroll
Park Cities Quail: working for bobs
by Ray Sasser
On the cover:An A.A. Brown sidelock photographed by Matthew Brown
Additional photos: Quintessential wingshooting in a land of superlatives, by Brian Grossenbacher; Chris Siefken