Monday, February 28, 2011
The Perfekts are made with traditional double stitched soles unlike my Dovre's more modern method which are glued and then overlapped with a rubber strip. These Perfekts will make an excellent back up pair for multi day hunts.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Its available in three versions, standard, limited edition, and presidential edition. For $5,100 you'll get the presidential edition signed by President Bush (the first one) and Andy Mills. The standard version is not cheap either at $100. I think I'll eventually pick one up as Andy really knows Tarpon and I'm sure this book is packed with tons of knowledge.
The book is not available on Amazon so it looks like you'll have to pay full boat for now.
It even comes with a Chasing Silvers DVD. The book is available at
Since I'll have to wait until September to go out afield I placed an order for these videos so I can live vicariously through these hunters. Also I might learn a thing or two while sitting on my ass. I will at least see some great dog work.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
I picked up a few off season reads before I left for Utah. Unforetunately this book arrived while I was in Utah and I could not use the information contained within. From what I have been reading the areas I was hunting was not far from what Ben suggests. Too bad I never did run into any Huns. Perhaps next year. I'll be more prepared next time.
Lou told me about this book and I browsed through his and thought it a very well made book. It contains all the info one may need while hunting any of the quail species throughout the US. Although I have just browsed through it, it has good info excellent pictures and printed on quality thick gloss paper.
I found out about this book from a Griffin & Howe marketing email. The authors were signing at the G&H booth at the SCI convention. I've browsed through this book as well and never realized that Hemingway owned a Darne 28 gauge. He bought it for his second wife Pauline while in France for waterfowl hunting in Tanzania and sage grouse in Wyoming. Although no pictures exist of his gun, we know that the gun existed. No one knows what became of this gun.
Hemingway also owned a pair of Merkel Over and Unders from Abercomie and Fitch (its really too bad what has happened to that company). These were second hand guns. His model of choice was the 303 in 12 guage each with a set of 28 and 32 in barrels and adjustable combs and buttpads.
Being American, Hemingway obviously owned several American made guns such as the Winchester Model 12 among others. Looks like I have a few things in common with Papa.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Our search for Huns in Utah was unsuccessful. As with any new experience, we are going through our learning curve. I have never hunted these birds and knew very little before heading out to try and find them. Before I left I did order Ben O. William's book Huns and Huns Hunting. Unfortunately it arrived while in Utah.
Utah is some beautiful country, I have always enjoyed driving the 15 as the scenery changes it seems every 30 minutes. As we drove up and down the freeway, we were amazed at how many deer we saw along side the road. We saw at least 300 total the whole trip. None with antlers though. But we did see several horned pronghorns one day. Its amazing how much wildlife we we able to see, its just too bad none of them were the species we were hunting.
The trip was not a complete bust as I was able to see my good friend Cory and meet his family for the first time. I do intend on returning as I bought a year combo license. I talked with Richard, who was the first to show me Utah some years ago while we fly fished up and down the state, about returning to Utah in the summer. He suggested going during the hopper season sometime in July.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
He offered me access to his friend's private land over 1000 acres in the Hansel Valley to hunt. Another one of his friends even offered to "guide" us around with his two GWPs. I did some research from last years report and it looks like the area has some of the best numbers in all of Utah. This is an offer I couldn't resist. I'm heading out Sunday, screw football I could care less. I'm excited to go after a species (Hungarian Partridge) that is unavailable in CA. This should be fun even if we go home with the skunk.