Category: Magazine Articles

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The Upland Almanac: “An Autumn Migration – from South to North”

On paper, the proposition sounds simple: Offer lodge-based hunting packages structured similarly to those in the Southeast U.S. for quail. Actually, that is the only simple part of the deal. Everything else raises the ante to produce a jackpot of an experience that seems to be unique for upland hunters looking for an adventure. “We offer a celebration of the pursuit of the king of game birds to everyone from…

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“Upland Kentucky”: Covey Rise Magazine

On the ground next to my spent 20-gauge hull was a shard of coal. It wasn’t a large piece, but its depth of blackness stood out so prominently amongst the brown and light tan Johnson and love grass that I picked it up. Because I was in Kentucky, the mineral made me think of Abraham Lincoln. Legend has it that the Bluegrass State’s most famous son did his schoolwork by…

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Shooting Sportsman “Going Places”

One of the most important rules for being a good hunting partner is to not be a "claimer." You know, the kind of guy who every time his gun goes off and a bird happens to fall immediately crows, "I got him!" - irrespective of whether anybody else shot. Once exposed as a claimer, you tend to find yourself hunting alone a lot. But when a covey of bobwhite quail…

Pointing Dog Journal: “Gifts of the Magi”

Mr. L.R. Herod is a retired Idaho lawman whose Dixie accent betrays his South Carolina roots. Slight of build but direct of manner, these days he works as a kind of gun-for-hire. Bounty hunter? Bail bondsman? P.I.? Good guesses, but wrong. L.R. Herod, you see, is an upland bird hunting guide. Have dogs, will travel, and all that. For the first part of the fall, you can find L.R. and…

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The Pointing Dog Journal: “Bird Dog Man”

Wild Wing Lodge is one of those places that’s so far off the beaten path that you’d never find it if you didn’t know where to look, and even then it takes some doing. But I got there, finally, and with a couple hours of daylight left to burn on this bell-clear February day, I went in search of Ed Rader. I’d been told that I’d find him “workin’ dogs…

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The Bird Hunting Report: Kentucky’s Wild Wing Lodge

Nestled in the gently rolling hills of northwestern Kentucky’s Crittenden County, not far from the Ohio River and the border with southeastern Illinois, Wild Wing Lodge and Kennel offers outstanding bobwhite quail hunting in a delightfully rural setting. With a total of 8,500 acres comprising the operation’s property, approximately 5,000 acres are under whitetail management while another approximate 3,500 are under an ongoing quail habitat management program. Lodge owner, guide…

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Gundogs at Wild Wing

There’s rarely a dull moment when you hunt quail at Wild Wing Lodge – and there’s never one when you hunt at Wild Wing with L.D. Fraizer. L.D. (the initials stand for Larry Donn) is the head guide at this little piece of quail-hunting heaven, tucked into the smoky hills and hollows of western Kentucky. Once he’s had a chance to size you up and judge you worthy, you’d better…