Training Bird Dogs with Ronnie Smith Kennels

A Dog-Training Treatise

When training my pointer puppy years ago, I wish I had known about the Smith Training Method, outlined and detailed in the exceptionally helpful book Training Bird Dogs with Ronnie Smith Kennels.

Fausti DEA Sport

Fausti DEA Sport

Fausti’s DEA line of boxlock side-by-side shotguns just got a new addition, and it is not merely the usual cosmetic extension.

In order to prepare properly during the off-season, hunters should practice as much as possible on targets that simulate the birds they expect to encounter.

Sharpening Your Ax

In order to prepare properly during the off-season, hunters should practice as much as possible on targets that simulate the birds they expect to encounter.

E.J. Churchill recently unveiled a new over/under called the Hercules

Churchill Unveils the New Hercules

British gunmaker E.J. Churchill recently unveiled a new over/under called the Hercules. But it isn’t the first time the firm has offered a model by this name.

Swayze Waters with his shorthair

Favorite-Gundog Results

This spring we held our latest photo contest, designed to document hunters’ love for their dogs. Here are the winners.

Shooting Sportsman Magazine, July/August 2020

July/August 2020

Perhaps we can use this time to prepare for the upcoming season—whether by practicing our shooting or making sure that clothing and gear are field ready.

Illustration by Gordon Allen

Royal Flush

Bird hunters live for the “flush rush”—that catch of breath, that endorphin sluice—triggered by “Bird up!” or the roar of wings. Odd, though, how the order of such drama changes as we grow older.