Q&A Plus Notable New Loads
Shooting Sportsman Magazine
by Tom Roster
2d ago
Two notable new loads are B&P’s 2½" 12-gauge lead load, said to be suitable for “vintage shotguns,” and HEVI-Shot’s HEVI-XII 3" 28-gauge tungsten-composite load. It’s time again for answers to select questions from Shooting Sportsman readers.  Is Tungsten Matrix safe to shoot in a Model 21 Winchester with Modified & Full chokes?  The answer is, yes. According to Kent Cartridge, the company’s Tungsten Matrix shot is “safe to shoot in any choke or barrel.” I was given a case of Herter’s wads from a good friend who bought them at a yard sale. The box states 1¼-oz wad capacit ..read more
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Wingshooting: The Art & Science
Shooting Sportsman Magazine
by Vic Venters
4d ago
If you’re looking to learn specialized techniques for competitive clay shooting, Wingshooting: The Art & Science is not the shotgunning guide for you. Nor does author Bryan Bilinski intend it to be. What Bilinski does superbly, however, is teach the fundamentals of wingshooting for the “bird hunter”—more specifically the American upland hunter. From long experience—Bilinski is the owner of the wingshooting store Fieldsport, Ltd., in Traverse City, Michigan, and his career in the shotgun trade spans nearly a half-century—the author has learned that this is precisely the type of shooter most ..read more
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First-Class Western Bird Hunting 
Shooting Sportsman Magazine
by Shooting Sportsman Endorsed Lodge Program
4d ago
SS Endorsed Lodges - 2024 Flying B Ranch Enjoy spectacular views, gourmet cuisine and the hands-on hospitality of a warm and friendly staff at this Shooting Sportsman Endorsed wingshooting lodge. Shooting Sportsman Endorsed Lodge Profile:     Flying B Ranch Kamiah, Idaho One of the original Western luxury lodges, Flying B Ranch offers first-class hunting and amenities to match. A mixed bag of pheasants, chukar, Hungarian partridge, valley quail, and ruffed and blue (dusky) grouse occupy 5,000 acres of well-managed habitat. The terrain i ..read more
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The Southern Celebrates 25 Years
Shooting Sportsman Magazine
by Ed Carroll
1w ago
This April, when the community of shotgunners gathers for its rites of spring at Deep River Sporting Clays, in Sanford, North Carolina, the Southern Side by Side Championship & Exhibition will be celebrating its own rite of passage, marking 25 years since founder Bill Kempffer went “all in” with an event for double-gun enthusiasts. The four-day competition, exhibition and gathering of the tribe, from April 25 to 28, promises to be a powerful homage to the founder’s vision and persistence and to all those who’ve helped sustain it. Plus the Southern is just plain fun. Casual and accessible ..read more
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Frequently Asked Questions About Sweetgrass at Thunderbasin
Shooting Sportsman Magazine
by Shooting Sportsman Endorsed Lodge Program
1w ago
With its fabulous facilities, exquisite gastronomic program and super-secluded Wyoming location, Sweetgrass at Thunderbasin is taking the luxury bird hunting world by storm. A million questions are popping up about this freshly minted wingshooting gem, and owners Dierdra Wildman and Rick Steiner were happy to answer some of them. Where is your lodge located?  Sweetgrass is located 45 minutes northeast of Gillette, Wyoming, and GCC Campbell County Airport. For those driving in the area, we are near Devil’s Tower, and just across the state border is Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills of So ..read more
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Five Ways You’ll Enjoy Your Stay at Fishing Creek Farms
Shooting Sportsman Magazine
by Shooting Sportsman Endorsed Lodge Program
1w ago
Guided Georgia quail hunts are nothing if not reliable. You are pretty much guaranteed to get lots of shooting and witness some spectacular dogwork in the process. There’s no better example of this than at Fishing Creek Farms, where the birds and dogs are among the very best in the state. At the same time, Fishing Creek provides guests with an overall experience that stretches far beyond the actual hunt. Consider the list below a guide to how to enjoy your stay there to the fullest! Get to Know Your Hosts Fishing Creek specializes in highly personalized guest experiences. The better you get to ..read more
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Announcing the 2024–’25 Readers & Writers Adventures
Shooting Sportsman Magazine
by The Editors
2w ago
We’re at it again. Never content to just publish articles about great wingshooting trips, we actually plan them and invite any and all to participate. This year we’ve arranged four world-class Readers & Writers Adventures. The destinations are loaded with birds, offer premier accommodations and provide gourmet meals. And, of course, they’re filled with great guests: like us! If you’re looking for adventure starting in December, consider signing up for one of these great trips. Kicking things off, from December 12 to 16 we’re making our second trip toPrairie Wildlife, in West Point, Mississ ..read more
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Longthorne Vanguard Model 3002
Shooting Sportsman Magazine
by Greg Carpiniello
2w ago
I admire English shotguns for their pedigree of technical innovation, storied history, artistry and ethereal handling qualities. I extol their virtues often. The Longthorne Vanguard Model 3002 on review is a worthy example of the tradition of fine English shotguns.  About three years ago Jonny Carter from TGS Outdoors—a shotgun-based YouTube show—began cheering Longthorne shotguns. I respect Jonny’s opinion, so I paid attention. This past winter Jonny arranged a meeting with Longthorne’s two principles, Jim and Elaine Stewart, and me in New York. The couple’s passion for their shotguns an ..read more
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More to Do at Joshua Creek Ranch
Shooting Sportsman Magazine
by Shooting Sportsman Endorsed Lodge Program
2w ago
From upland hunting over dogs to European-style driven shoots to flighted ducks and clay target shooting, Joshua Creek Ranch offers a Texas-size variety of wingshooting opportunities. Equally impressive is the number of things to keep you busy when you’re not in the field or on the range. Following is some of what you can look forward to when you don’t have a shotgun in your hands. Experience Hill Country The Hill Country is widely regarded as one of Texas’s most scenic and interesting areas. Considered the divider of the South and Southwestern regions of the US, it is renowned for a special k ..read more
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Hunt Four Species of Bird at Highland Hills Ranch
Shooting Sportsman Magazine
by Shooting Sportsman Endorsed Lodge Program
2w ago
SS Endorsed Lodges - 2024 Highland Hills Ranch They call it the "crown jewel" of wingshooting. Combined with first-rate amenities and spectacular scenery, the world-class hunting at Highland Hills Ranch makes for one of the finest sporting destinations in the US. Shooting Sportsman Endorsed Lodge Profile:     Highland Hills Ranch Condon, Oregon They call it the “crown jewel” of wingshooting. Located on 3,000 acres in the high desert of north-central Oregon, Highland Hills Ranch is home to four species of upland birds: pheasants, chukar ..read more
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