Reid chats with D. ABRAHAM WOODARD, Ph.D., a Range and Wildlife Scientist at the East Foundation in Hebbronville, Texas, about population ecology and sustainable management of game species, with a primary focus on bobwhite quail. Abe is a lead researcher for The East Foundation (https://www.eastfoundation.net) in south Texas, where he investigates the effects of harvest on northern bobwhite populations. A great conversation about actual hunting impact and the factors that play a role.
Reid is joined by Simon Reinhold, Head of Operations for Holts Auctioneers and Jonny Carter, host of YouTube·s TGS Outdoors, in a discussion of ·the sporting shot·. In essence, the trio explores what makes a shot challenging enough to be ·sporting· while also certain enough that the game is afforded a clean kill. The conversation wanders into ethics, personal responsibility, and the uniquely personal balance that we as shooters must strike between efficacy and challenge.
Reid goes straight to the source in this podcast to discuss the past and present of esteemed Italian gunmaker FAMARS: Fabbrica Armi Mario Abbiatico Remo Salvinelli (known to many as simply Abbiatico & Salvinelli). He sits down with Rhode Island-based developer Paul Mihailides, who became Managing Director of FAMARS USA after the company fell on hard times in the mid-2000·s, to get the whole story. A great inside look at a beloved gunmaker. See more about the guns and the maker at...
Reid kicks off 2023 with an in-depth look at checkering, in the company of noted gunsmith Del Whitman. Del, who owns DC Whitman Custom Gunsmithing, unpacks the complexities of layout, design, and execution of checkering patterns, and exposes the artistry that belies this oft-overlooked craft. A bit heady, but this conversation will have you looking at your guns a bit differently, and appreciating the stockmaker's art all the more.
Acclaimed writer, conservationist, and bird hunter Tom Reed joins the podcast from his home in Pony, MT. Tom was one of the instigators behind the blog at www.mouthfuloffeathers.com, which gathered the best contemporary voices in wingshooting writing. He describes the MOF story and discusses the culmination of the project into a print anthology available for pre-order now!
Reid sits down with Jason and Beth Herkes of Craigsanquhar Estate in Fife, Scotland to reflect on a wonderful destination for driven Shooting. Jason and Beth operate the Estate and have seen it gain increasing favor from shooters worldwide. The trio discusses the history of the Estate, how it evolved into a shooting destination, and a bit about the unique way shooting fits into the culture of rural Scotland. For more about shooting at Craigsanquhar visit www.craigsanquhar.com
In this episode, Reid addresses a question from a listener about appropriate dog breeds for the aging hunter, and then joins Orvis Gunroom Mgr. Greg Carpiniello to discuss the goings on with Orvis Guns. The two talk about the new Flagship Gunroom, and the addition of a new Gunsmith at Orvis. From there, Greg talks about 3 guns that have stood out to him in the Gunroom recently.
Reid joins Jesse Haller, Orvis Hunt Product developer and competitive fly angler, in a discussion about Jesse·s path into the uplands. Though hunting was largely available throughout his life, Jesse discusses how in recent years he·s become fascinated with bird hunting. The duo explores common barriers to entry, and Jesse digs in with some questions that were pertinent to his early days in the uplands.
"Bright Lights, Big Weather" referencing a long-ago rain-soaked trip to Alaska. The story was written for an e-book put out by the bloggers at Mouthful of Feather. It is a bit of a contemplation on bird hunting, ego, and why we sometimes care how we are perceived by the people around us.
Reid sits down with Jim Champion, Head Shooting Instructor at Orvis Hill Country in PA. Jim shares his breadth of knowledge on common problems and easy fixes that will improve performance on the course and in the field.
Reid is joined once again by Ben O. Williams. The two discuss Mountain Quail specifically, and the hunter's journey in a more roundabout fashion, referencing the incredible life of a legendary bird hunter.
Nick Larson of the Birdshot Podcast and The Upland Gun Company joins Reid for a long-overdue catch up. The two discuss Nick's work formerly with the Project Upland Podcast and more recently with his own Birdshot Podcast. The conversation also explores Nick's current role as GM of the Upland Gun Company, and how that business came to be.
Reid and his friend Thierry Bombeke, Publisher and Director of Wingshooting at Shooting Sportsman Magazine, discuss Wingshooting Travel, specifically the benefit of a group trip. For those interested in getting away on some adventures but lacking a travel companion or the time to put together a DIY adventure, the Group Trip model may serve you well. Reid and Thierry discuss the what and why, and delve into the trip offerings available through Orvis Travel. Explore these trips at...
In this podcast Reid chats with Jim and Deanna Keller of the award-winning Wildwind Kennels about the process of training his Springer pup, Lulu. Deanna and Jim just spent two months with Lulu and tidied up some early training that Reid had accomplished. They discuss the process of evaluating a young dog, where to start flushing dog training, and specifically how Lulu responded to the work that was done. In future episodes we will re-visit Lulu·s progress with Deanna and Jim, follow her...
Reid joins his friends Jonny Carter and Sasha Novakovic from TGS Outdoors to debrief their recent visit to the US. Known to most as the masterminds behind Youtube’s remarkable shooting channel, Sasha and Jonny are as talented as they are gregarious. The trio explores the comparative shooting cultures in the US and the UK, regional target types and presentations, and fried chicken. Learn more about the US Tour at TGS Outdoors on Youtube.
In another collaborative episode with Del Whitman of DC Whitman Custom Gunsmithing, Reid and Del discuss the oft-misunderstood topic of regulation. Regulating barrels is the process by which double gun barrels are aligned to shoot where pointed, and to deliver a payload of pellets from each barrel to the same point of impact. From a gunmaking standpoint this feat is easier explained than accomplished. Del works his magic to explain the process and to explore the treatment for barrels that are...
Reid joins pals Michael Vargas and Chuck Coolidge of @hunthikehook to discuss upland gear from top to bottom. Mike and Chuck are regular guests, and avid hunters based in Arizona. The trio discusses gear that has worked, gear that has become essential, and gear that could be worth a try in 2022/23. All of these as we anticipate the drop of the 2022/23 Orvis Hunting Catalog, and a bird season that is getting closer everyday.
In this episode, Reid settles in with Simon Reinhold, Head of Operations for Holts Auctioneers in the UK. Simon is a wealth of information and perspective on fine guns, game shooting, rural issues, conservation, and the philosophical exploration of hunting. He has written and spoken extensively on a host of related topics, and he is wonderfully articulate about the nuanced responsibility that goes along with hunting, and the delicate necessity of effectiveness when gameshooting. Reid and...
Reid uses this podcast to answer listener Steve Roberts' question about left handed gun fit, and what accommodations can be made by a company like Caesar Guerini to create a custom-fit gun. Reid explores the modifications that are possible to a standard gun, and explains the value of proper fitting to ensure a successful shooting experience.
In a great on-site chat, Reid sits down with his friend Doug Duren. Since their last chat, Doug has formalized Sharing the Land, an effort to connect access seekers with landowners in a collaborative stewardship effort. The two discuss conservation, hunting, land use, and life in general while sitting down at the Duren farmhouse in Wisconsin. Learn more at www.sharingtheland.com
Reid chats with his good friend Chad Love, editor of the Quail Forever Journal. Chad speaks about his native Oklahoma, the hunter·s progress, writing his way through a career, and the QF initiative Bird Dogs for Habitat. A wonderful chat with one of the most thoughtful guys in the game.
Reid shares some introspection, thoughts on seasonality and turkey hunting, and his recent travels. With May just around the corner, he leans into his reliance on the things that don't change, and his understanding that all things invariably change. The story he shares reflects his own evolution and education as a turkey hunter, and provides some levity.
Another installment in partnership with Purina ProPlan, Reid is again joined by Dr. RuthAnn Lobos in a discussion about canine dental care. Dr. RuthAnn discusses the way in which dental health impacts the overall health and function of a dog, and the way that a dog's teeth/mouth can be an indicator of underlying health issues. Great tips on at-home dental care, and a great chat as always with Dr. RuthAnn. More info at www.merrickpetcare.com
Reid joins Glen Blackwood, Director of Regional Development for the Ruffed Grouse Society / American Woodcock Society in a discussion about books, collectibles, and ephemera. As a noted authority on sporting books and writing, Glen speaks to his experience, what writing resonates with him, and what the future of sporting literature holds.