Editor’s Note by Ralph Stuart
Traditionally, our July/August issue has been designed to aid in pre-season prep—and this year’s is no different. If you’re looking to add a new smoothbore to your collection, you’ll want to check out Brad Fitzpatrick’s “Gun Guide 2018” (p. 48), on the year’s latest scatterguns. If you’re missing or need to replace equipment, we scoured the SHOT Show for interesting new products and have reported our findings in Field Gear (p. 93). If you have questions about dog nutrition or want to learn how to hit more birds, we have you covered in Hunting Dogs (p. 44) and Shooting (p. 32).
Another annual tradition is our “fashion section” (p. 76), and this year’s is bigger than ever. It’s a fun way to showcase new clothes and accessories and for members of the magazine staff and friends to show off their modeling skills.
We hope you find the content of value in the buildup to bird season.
If you’re still undecided about travel plans, I urge you to consider one of our Readers & Writers Adventures. Odds are you’ve heard of the program, in which representatives of the magazine host groups of readers at world-class destinations. We’ve been doing this for 23 years, and the trips have become known for not only offering top-notch wingshooting but also promoting camaraderie and creating friendships.
This season we have scheduled four shoots, and there are still opportunities to sign on for our Georgia quail excursions: to Wynfield Plantation in early December and Pine Hill Plantation in February 2019.
We look forward to having you join us.
Gun Guide 2018
A look at the year’s new shotguns
By Brad Fitzpatrick
In Castle Country
Old West wingshooting at Castle Valley Outdoors
By Ed Carroll
Gordy & Sons
A hunters’ haven in Houston
Photographs by Terry Allen
The collective efforts of Creative Art
By Douglas Tate
From the Editor
Helpful advice in the buildup to bird season
West Nile worries, gunboxes, spent shells and more
Early Risers: waterfowling action at first light
Game & Gun Gazette
Country Pursuits, Kevin’s Golden Quail, a charity clays tournament, etc.
Connecticut Shotgun’s well made—and well priced— Revelation
By Bruce Buck
New-to-market items for use this fall
By The Editors
To the Point
Pleasures of the early season on the prairie
By Tom Huggler
Great advice for the sporting life
Taking a sharp look at game shears
By Ralph Stuart
High-tech aids for busting more birds
By Chris Batha
From the Bench
A Stephen Grant trigger-guard repair
By Joe Seeley
An interesting sample of Q&A exchanges
By Tom Roster
The right feeding regimen for hunting success
By Jessie Richards
Shooting in Style
Showcasing clothes and accessories for peak performance
On the cover: A Caesar Guerini Invictus VII photographed by Terry Allen
Additional photos: Chris Siefken; Terry Allen; Early Risers by Rick Adair