Shotgun Cleaning, Maintenance Is Important

Procrastination (or just plain neglect) is far too common when it comes to cleaning our firearms. Hunters need to protect their firearms before they develop visual signs of rust and corrosion. There are some basic rules to follow to keep your firearms clean and working smoothly and efficiently throughout the year.

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Zukovich’s English Setters

Marty and Debbie Zukovich, Tamaqua, Pa., have developed a line of English Setters that are known far beyond the Schuylkill County Pennsylvania line. The Zukovich’s Pine Hill Setters, trained by Robert Ecker, Hazleton, Pa., are known and respected on the bird dog field trial circuits all over the country. Walk along the kennel, and it seems like every dog should have a paw print in the concrete out in front, a sort-of canine walk of stars.

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Grouse Therapy Is Healthy

Whenever I need to clear my mind or recharge the batteries, my favorite thing to do is to grab the little 20-gauge and my trusty 4-legged hunting partner and hit the woods to scare up a grouse. Really, how can an upland bird get any better? To help you experience the joys of a successful grouse hunt, there are a few
pointers I can share from my years in aspens and tangles.

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Pigeons: Barnyard Bounty

I know a wingshooter who once suffered from depression. When the grouse, pheasant, woodcock and duck seasons ended, my
friend got the blues. His dog got the blues, too. His wife, because her husband and dog were downers, suffered as well. The whole household went into a terrible tailspin.Then the wingshooter found a cure.

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The Joys Of Owning Guns

As the Winkelman family wrapped up a recent hunting season, we shared a pastime that I’m sure you experience, too: gun cleaning. I don’t have to tell you how important it is to put guns away for their off-season nap in tip-top condition. They need to be thoroughly disassembled, cleaned, reassembled, oiled, and cased for corrosion-free preservation. For me, this event isn’t a chore. It’s not like cleaning dishes. It’s a privilege and it’s emotional.

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Last Gasp Grouse In December

If you can’t handle the cold, then December grouse hunting is
not for you! It has a couple of things going for it — snow is the biggie. Hunting grouse in the snow has always been a real treat. Another plus to December grouse hunting is that grouse become more predictable in where you will find them than they are in October. Yet another big plus is the fact that for the 30 or so years I have been at it, I have yet to encounter another grouse hunter out in the December grouse woods!

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