The Orvis Hunting and Shooting Podcast (general)
The Orvis Hunting and Shooting Podcast (formerly the Double Barrel Podcast) with host, Reid Bryant brings you hunting and shooting tips for more success and fun in the field.

Reid sits down with Del Whitman of DC Whitman Custom Gunsmithing. Among the finest gunsmiths at the bench today, Del has a particular interest in fine double guns, and the craft and artistry that defines them. Del and Reid discuss guns, mentorship, craft, and the responsibility of understanding what makes a gun exceptional.

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In this installment of the Orvis Hunting and Shooting Podcast, Reid spans two continents to talk guns with Tobi Nisse of Germany and Dr. George Inge of Mobile, AL. Tobi and George are the principals behind T&G Imports and Save the Fine Guns https://www.save-the-fine-guns.com/ which represents an effort to import guns from Germany that would otherwise be destroyed. Tobi and George, both of whom are passionate about the artistry and engineering represented by older continental guns (largely drillings), noticed some time ago that changing tastes in hunting guns as well as stringent legislation around gun ownership in Europe was bringing an excess of fine old guns to the market. These guns, were they not licensed to an individual or dealer, were destined for the scrap pile. The duo discusses the unique business model that has enabled them to save these guns and transfer them into the hands of hunters and shooters in North America. Enjoy!

 

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Reid once again sits down for a conversation with Chuck Coolidge and Michael Vargas of Hunt, Hike, Hook. The fellows have been getting after it: Michael has been chasing pheasants and bobwhites in his native Kansas, and Chuck has been in south Georgia for bobs and Louisiana for ducks. Beyond simply sharing their tales of adventure, the group talks about the diverse habitats in which bobwhite quail thrive, and the differences between bobs and the desert-dwelling cousins. Enjoy!

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Reid joins up with Michael Vargas and Chuck Coolidge of Hunt, Hike, Hook once again to get a tale of life on the road. Chuck and Michael describe a recent trip to hunt a variety of birds in Eastern Washington state, arguably one of the finest and most diverse upland regions in the lower 48. Enjoy this second installment from the duo, who promise to keep us on the road this bird season, even if remotely.

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At the Intersection of Bird Hunting and Technology, with Rehan Nana of Garmin

On this episode of the podcast Reid welcomes friend Rehan Nana who serves as Senior Media and Sponsorship Specialist. Rehan is a well-known member of the upland hunting industry, and a student of guns, great dogs, and the finer points of chasing wild birds through the Midwest. He and Reid, explore his story and wander into a discussion about the interface of technology and bird hunting. With Garmin’s leadership in creating GPS collars for bird dogs, the safety and efficacy of following dogs in big or thick cover has changed dramatically. The two discuss the benefits, and costs, of such advancements. Enjoy!


Reid chats with Courtney Bastian, host of The Bird Dog Babe Podcast. Courtney describes herself as a "Wife to Professional Gun Dog Trainer, William Bastian of Claddagh Kennel, Mom to two amazing kiddos, and a God-fearing, birddog-loving, sick-for-it wingshooter!" With a podcast, website, and instagram presence, Courtney is a driving force in welcoming more women into upland hunting. She and Reid discuss wirehairs, Bracco Italianos, life as a wingshooting mom in Montana, and most importantly the delicate process of giving hunting to your children.

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Reid spends some time during this episode addressing listener questions. He talks a bit about storytelling and the prospect of a creative essay collection, how to address the issue of ear protection in the grouse woods, and the feasibility of hunting without a dog. All of this and more on this installment of the Orvis Hunting and Shooting Podcast!

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Reid joins Chuck Coolidge and Michael Vargas of Hunt, Hike, Hook in an evening session following a day in which Chuck and Michael covered some ground in search of Arizona Blue Grouse. Michael and Chuck use the Hunt, Hike, Hook Instagram platform to document their wanderings throughout the mountain west and southwest in search of upland birds and trout. In this podcast, Chuck and Michael discuss the prodigious bird resource available in Arizona, the opportunities for public land bird hunting throughout the west, and the breadth and depth of the upland experience. Throughout the season we will check in with Michael and Chuck as they explore the uplands and wetlands on a series of adventures. Enjoy!

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Outfitter Tim Linehan joins Reid from the remote Yaak Valley of northwest Montana to discuss wild places and wild birds. Tim and Joanne Linehan have been operating a hunting and fishing business for nearly 30 years in one of the most remote communities in the Lower 48. The Yaak is home to huntable populations of Ruffed, Spruce, and Blue (Dusky) grouse, all of which occur in a vast and untrammeled wilderness. Tim and Reid discuss hunting and living in a remote place, and the cover types that the three species frequent. Enjoy!

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Reid welcomes Kali Parmley, Editor in Chief of both Gundog Magazine and Backcountry Hunter Magazine. Kali is known to many as an accomplished editor, photographer, and media personality in the hunting space. In a relatively short career she has become an authority on backcountry hunting for both big game and birds. A late-onset hunter, Kali is passionate about sharing her knowledge with aspiring hunters while making the uplands more accessible. She and Reid discuss backpack hunting, her trajectory in the outdoor industry, and her fascination with gundogs. Enjoy!


Reid chats with fellow Vermonter, gun enthusiast, and shooting instructor Lars Jacob of larsjacobwingshooting.com. After a lifetime in the guns and wingshooting world, Lars has amassed an unrivaled knowledge of fine shotguns. He and Reid discuss lesser known Belgian, French, Prussian, and Scottish makers, odd-ball gauges and loads, and what makes a great gun. A fine conversation with a noted authority. Enjoy!"

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Reid discusses, grouse hunting, bird dogs, and the writing life with Matt Soberg, Editor of Covey Rise Magazine. Matt abandoned a career as a small-town attorney nearly a decade ago and dedicated himself to the stories that celebrate hunting, fishing, and all that support the outdoor experience. This podcast explores his journey and his thoughts on print media in the outdoor space.

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Having recently noticed some rust on a beloved shotgun, Reid revisits best practices on keeping your shotguns clean and in tip-top condition. Building on previous podcasts on the subject, Reid delineates his method for cleaning a gun after use, and similarly shares tips on general care and long-term storage. A must for any gun owner. Enjoy!"

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Reid and Gunroom Manager Greg Carpiniello get back to their series of iconic guns, this time delving into the Remington 1100. Most wing shooters have an 1100 somewhere in their pasts, and For good reason: The 1100 is a soft-shooting, lively little autoloader that has made itself beloved by many. Listen and enjoy as Reid and Greg discuss the virtues, and occasional quirks, of this iconic gun.

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In a somewhat unique podcast Reid spends some time with his friend Gordie White of Expedition Adventures. Gordie, a native of Quebec, has spent an entire career guiding, outfitting, and hosting hunting and fishing trips around the world. Though he may be best known for his experiences with big game, Gordie is a passionate bird hunter with roots in the grouse woods of eastern Canada. Gordie and Reid discuss hunting, travel, the sense of adventure that a hunting expedition can conjure up, and the reality of a career spent traversing the globe in pursuit of new landscapes and new species. A great discussion with a great guy. Enjoy!

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Reid checks in as the summer winds down, and considers what the fall might bring. He shares a story, “Wayward in Hayward”, that describes the pull of the upper Midwest during grouse season, and the time he spent hunting Wisconsin with his friend Mark Nissen. A short but much-needed touch base on the eve of bird season. Enjoy!

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Reid gets the chance to spend some time with Paula Moore, Chief Shooting Instructor at Orvis Sandanona. Paula is relatively new to the Orvis family, but her reputation precedes her: she has more than twenty-five years’ experience instructing and coaching clays shooters and competing on a national stage. Paula’s accolades speak for themselves: she was a nine-time NSCA All-American, a five-time member of NSCA Team USA, three-time World Side-By-Side Champion, six-time New York State Sporting Clays Champion, and three-time Zone 1 Champion. The two discuss Paula’s journey, her new role, and the realities of a career as an international shooting competitor.


In a long and winding conversation, Reid catches up with Durrell Smith of The Gundog Notebook Podcast. The two cover a range of topics including Durrell’s work digging into field trial history in the South, opportunities for greater inclusivity in the hunting space, and the work Durrell has done to explore the experience of being both a person of color and a passionate upland hunter. Reid and Durrell also explore Durrell’s recent inception of the non-profit Minority Outdoor Alliance. Enjoy!


Reid joins LD McCaa, Manager of Westley Richards Agency, U.S.A. in a conversation about fine guns, British doubles, and the remarkable innovations that have made Westley Richards one of history’s most beloved gunmakers. Having spent a lifetime in the fine firearms business, LD speaks to the finer points of Westley guns and rifles, and the history of the company’s storied success. Reid and LD discuss iconic designs like the droplock and the gold name, and they even dig into the longstanding misperceptions about quality difference between London and Birmingham gunmakers. LD is a font of knowledge and experience, and a great guy to spend an hour with. Enjoy!

 
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Reid goes transatlantic to spend some time with Vincent Chapuis and Pierre Laurent Faure of Chapuis-Armes. Known to many Americans for their robust yet graceful double rifles, Chapuis has a long tradition in the manufacture for fine double shotguns. Orvis began a partnership with Chapuis several years ago to build a proprietary SXS shotgun offering, and the resulting shotguns are truly unique. Vincent Chapuis discusses his family’s 100 year history in gunmaking, and he is joined by Pierre Laurent Faure, who heads up international sales. A great chance to get to know the Chapuis brand a bit better.

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In this episode Reid spends some time with Field & Stream Shotguns Editor Phil Bourjaily. In a career that spans several decades, Bourjaily is one of the most revered contemporary experts on guns and shooting, and his body of work writing on the subject is remarkable. As he will attest, though, he is foremost a hunter. Phil and Reid discuss writing, print media, hunting in Phil’s home state of Iowa, and a somewhat serendipitous entry into the world of gun writing.

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Reid spends some time catching up with his friend Aaron Schroder of Double A Gundogs in Lyons, Nebraska. The two explore the challenges of starting a training and outfitting business, the long and winding path that got Aaron back to his boyhood home in the rural Midwest, and why one should never order the conch chowder in Omaha. An interesting and honest take on pursuing one’s dream. Enjoy!

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Reid and Orvis Gunroom Manager Greg Carpiniello add yet another installment to the series on iconic shotguns, this time exploring the Browning Citori. The much-loved Citori was conceived as a lower-priced, Japanese-made alternative to its Belgian cousin the Superposed, but over time found widespread favor among hunters and target shooters alike. It remains one of the most beloved double guns of all time, and one that finds itself in regular use in the field and on the course. Enjoy the story of this classic double gun.

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Reid takes the opportunity to share another story, this one originally published in Gray's Sporting Journal. The story is a bit of a tribute and a bit of a reflection on people and place, and a now-gone relative with a devilish way about her. Hopefully it will provide you all with a nice escape during these uncertain and strange times. Enjoy!

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Back in the saddle, Reid and Orvis Gunroom Manager Greg Carpiniello again talk iconic guns, this time the Browning Auto 5. Perhaps the most beloved semi-automatic shotgun of all time, the old Browning Humpback is a miracle of engineering, and romantic as heck. Few who have spent any time in the uplands, wetlands, or even in the deer woods are unfamiliar with the utility and incredible durability of the A5. For those with a soft spot for classic American shotguns this is a must-listen.

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In keeping with the conversations about iconic guns, Reid and Orvis Gunroom Manager, Greg Carpiniello dive into 'the perfect repeater', the Winchester Model 12.  This classic slide-action shotgun is perhaps the most coveted of its ilk, an one that commands a high price. It is also a lively and serviceable sporting gun with sleek lines and design features that were cutting edge for their time. Reid and Greg discuss the Model 12, several other noteworthy pump guns, and the misconception that here at Orvis we turn up our noses at repeaters. Enjoy! 

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While relegated to his home office, Reid touches base with celebrity bird hunter, author, and television host Scott Linden. Linden, who is based in Bend, Oregon, is known to many for his long run on Wingshooting USA. He is also the personality behind Scott Linden Outdoors and Upland Nation, and on those platforms he houses a volume of information about birds, dogs, guns, and hunting travel. Reid and Scott discuss Wingshooting television, Scott’s travels, and the arc of a career in the outdoors.


In this episode of the Podcast, Reid is joined by John Carpenter, Upland Manager and Fly-fishing Manager at Orvis Sandanona. John is a beloved member of the Orvis shooting community, and one in a series of folks who we hope to get to know better through the podcast. He is a native New Englander who began a career at Orvis nearly 7 years ago as a trapper, but now oversees all of the hunting endeavors at Orvis. He is an avid dog trainer and handler, and a genuinely kind and engaged member of the team. He and Reid discuss Sandanona, the work of John’s year, Labrador Retrievers, kids, and how to approach gundog training in the confines of the home environment. Enjoy!

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In light of the Covid-19 outbreak, Reid is working from home, and doing regular short podcasts to stay connected. In this installment of the Orvis Hunting and Shooting Podcast, Reid shares some feedback from Doug Manzer, PhD., who responds to the Steve Grossman episode about the differences between Sharp-tailed Grouse and Prairie Chicken habitat. Reid goes on to reflect about these odd times, working from home, a favorite Robert Ruark story, and the plan for the coming weeks. Enjoy this short episode, and stay tuned for more.

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Reid and Orvis Gunroom Manager Greg Carpiniello take a moment away from the turmoil to reflect on some lighter subjects. Specifically, the two dig deep into the history of the iconic Winchester Model 21. A true American Classic, the 21 is among the most c


In this installment of the podcast, Reid explores some dog training tips and misconceptions with Ronnie Smith and Susanna Love of Ronnie Smith Kennels in Pawhuska, OK. In response to listener questions, Ronnie and Susanna explore the definition of a ‘correction, while also dispelling some common myths and misconceptions about dog training. Reid, Ronnie, and Susanna also reference some of the insights discussed in their recent book Training Bird Dogs with Ronnie Smith Kennels which was published by Rizzoli last year. Enjoy!


Reid and Syren Brand Manager Lynne Green discuss Syren Shotguns, Clays Sports, and brand ambassadors in the 'influencer' age. Lynne is a hunter, instructor, and competitive shooter with a special passion for bringing women into the shooting sports. As Syr

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In response to a question about prairie grouse habitat from listener Eric Hall of Thurmond , NC, Reid reaches out to Steve “Grouseman” Grossman, owner of Double Gun Bird Hunts, Little Moran Grouse Camp, and Wild Prairie Lodge. Steve has spent a career as a wild bird guide and dog handler, and he has a particular affinity for the native birds of the upper Midwest. His work guiding and hunting the prairies of central South Dakota inform a comprehensive working knowledge of Sharptail habits and habitat, and some insights into those of the Greater Prairie Chicken. Steve shares his story, some thoughts on finding birds, and illuminates a bit of the magic to be found on the prairie. See the short film “Grouseman” that features Steve at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7rWD0M3ATw&feature=emb_logo


In this installment of the Orvis Hunting and Shooting Podcast, Reid describes his recent hunting experiences and takes a moment to reflect on the season that has past. He also provides some new ways to connect with the Podcast, namely by sending questions

In this installment of the Orvis Hunting and Shooting Podcast, Reid describes his recent hunting experiences and takes a moment to reflect on the season that has past. He also provides some new ways to connect with the Podcast, namely by sending questions or comments via audio file (voice memo on a smartphone) to huntingpodcast@orvis.com. The plan is to share listener questions on the air in future installments. Reid goes on to read one of his stories, namely ‘Go West, Young Man…” which was first published in Shooting Sportsman Magazine in January/February 2013. The story harkens back to a time when Reid was considering a move to the mountain West, and what it might feel like to say goodbye to New England. Enjoy!

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In this episode of the podcast, Reid heads south to Orvis Sandanona alongside colleague Scott McEnaney (Director, Orvis Adventures) to meet up with Ben Jones, President and CEO of the Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society. The three take an

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In this final installment of the Libby Camps saga, Reid speaks with Matt Libby Jr. who represents the 5th generation of Libby Camps ownership. On a bumpy ride between grouse coverts the two discuss the history of Libby Camps, the story of Matt·s family l

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In this second installment of Reid and Phil’s Libby Camps Odyssey, the duo sit sown one evening with Registered Maine Guides Jeff Labree and Ben Rioux. As the woodstove crackles in the background, Ben and Jeff describe the Libby Camps experience, noting the unique region where visitors have hunted and fished for generations. Jeff and Ben paint a lyrical history of the camp facility as well, and even discuss some of the folktales and superstitions that abound in the North Woods. Enjoy.


In the first episode of the Libby Camps Saga, Reid and Phil Monahan head out from Southern Vermont en route to Libby Camps in Northern Maine. While on the road, Reid interviews Phil on his start in the hunting world and his early career. It makes for a great start to the Libby Camps and makes for a fun and insightful interview in the lead up to their arrival in Maine. Enjoy!

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On the eve of the South Dakota Pheasant Opener, Reid sits down in an office adjacent Mitchell’s storied Corn Palace with three staffers from Pheasants Forever. In attendance are Matt Morlock (SD State Coordinator for Pheasants Forever) Chris Kalis (Director of Corporate Partnerships) and Erica Yost (South Dakota Regional Representative). The group digs into the remarkable pheasant hunting culture in South Dakota, the role PF plays in upland conservation throughout the country, and how a hunter can go about planning a DIY trip to hunt in America’s heartland. Enjoy!

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On the eve of South Dakota’s Pheasant Opener, Reid sits down with Governor Kristi Noem to discuss the role of pheasant hunting in her home state. Governor Noem expounds upon her life story as it pertains to hunting, and she goes on to recount a few family hunting traditions that she and her family share each fall. With the Mitchell, SD Pheasants Forever Banquet taking place at the Corn Palace next door, Reid and Governor Noem take a moment to appreciate a special time in a special part of the country.


Professional Wingshooting Guide BJ Walle joins Reid in a philosophical look at what it means to be a guide. BJ, who has been a key member of the guide staff at Idaho's Flying B Ranch for nearly twenty years, shares insights on what it takes to be a professional guide, and what separates a great guide from a passable one. He is eloquent in describing the softer skills of emotional intelligence and empathy required by great guides, and he digs into the depth of skills that his job demands. The genesis of this conversation is Flying B's recent development of a Wingshooting Guide School, which is detailed at https://www.flyingbranch.com/wingshooting-guide-school. A great conversation with an incredibly thoughtful fellow.

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With bird season in full swing, Reid meditates on his travels to date, his decidedly poor shooting, and the impending arrival of duck season. With that he reflects on duck hunts past, and shares a tale of one such day in northern Vermont. This story of that day was captured in the essay 'On the Black River', which was published in Shooting Sportsman Magazine in 2011. It is a tale of friendship, getting sick, and the imperfection of perfection. Enjoy!

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Reid is joined by veteran Gunsmith, Gunfitter, and Shooting Instructor John Skinner for a chat about Shooting Dynamics and the Fundamentals of Gunfitting. Skinner brings more than 40 years of experience to the discussion and highlights the aspects of shooting and fitting that challenge his students most often. The two break down the fitting process into a series of steps that enable a shooter to hit where he or she is looking, and the shooting process into seeing the target and the shot string as dynamic objects in 3 dimensions.


In this installment of the Orvis Hunting and Shooting Podcast, Reid returns from his first hunting trip of the year, and reflects on how the bird season somehow snuck up on him. With an eye towards a season sprinkled with hunting travel, Reid explores the

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Trent Leichleiter of Pheasant Bonanza Hunt Club and Kennel joins Reid to discuss a range of topics including a childhood in the midwest, the value of hard work in realizing goals, and the virtues of giving back. Trent manages Pheasant Bonanza and has guided extensively as well as competed with his dogs. He also recently started a non-profit called KAMO which works to find homes for retired or unwanted sporting dogs, while also providing mentoring relationships for new hunters. Enjoy!


In his latest podcast, Reid digs deep into shot-shell development with two key members of the Winchester Ammunition Team-- Mike Stock, Director of Commercial Sales and Product Management, and Ben Frank, Product Manager.They discuss all facets of shotgun shells, including performance, construction, and the different materials that impact both. It's a great chance to "nerd out" on the nuances of shotgun ammunition with two industry pros. Enjoy!


Reid joins Orvis Gunroom Manager Greg Carpiniello and Gunsmith Jordan Smith in a conversation about the history of Orvis branded shotguns. Jordan, who recently celebrated his 40th year at the Orvis bench, looks back over the various makers who have provided guns to Orvis, and the reasoning behind the various partnerships that have been cultivated. Plenty of perspective on the quality of Spanish guns, the shifting trends of over/under vs. side-by-side, and the current state of Orvis shotguns. Enjoy!

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Reid and Nick Larson, host of the Project Upland Podcast, discuss the changing face of hunting media, guns, birds, and summer in the North. Nick, a Duluth MN native and avid grouse and woodcock hunter, serves as the brand communications director at Northwoods Collective, a media and marketing company in the outdoor space. The podcast wanders into questions about upland hunting in social media, contemporary print, and the opportunity to straddle the old and the new. Nick is a great guest, and a skilled podcaster himself. 

Check out Nick's podcast at www.projectupland.com.

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After a bit of a break, Reid returns to the Podcast to spend some time with Hannah Perkins, the most recent member of the Perkins family to join the Orvis Company. Hannah grew up in a rich hunting and fishing heritage, alongside cousins Simon and Charley. She tells stories of her childhood, learning to shoot, the challenging reality of killing animals we love, and eating hearts and livers! Enjoy!

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Reid is joined by Wes Butler, a friend and Warden for the Vermont Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. Wes, an avid bird hunter and outdoorsman, discusses his pathway into a career as a Game Warden. The two also discuss finer points of fish and game laws, access, and how to build a relationship with your local fish and wildlife officer.


On this episode of the Orvis Hunting and Shooting Podcast Reid talks hunting, ethics, food, and connection with noted game cook and author Hank Shaw. Hank, whose web presence at “Hunter, Angler, Gardener, Cook” (https://honest-food.net/) is a magnificent resource for any and all who are interested in a deeper connection to their food. In the course of this podcast, Hank describes his personal and culinary adventure into the world of wild food, and the deeper relationships that said journey has facilitated. He also offers a few choice tips on game cooking, game prep, and what the well-stocked hunter’s kitchen might require. Enjoy!


Reid reflects on the changing face of upland hunting, lost friends, getting older, and opportunities to connect more immediately with listeners. Another solo podcast, this one culminates in the reading of an essay titled 'Something Old, Something New' which can be read at www.reidbryant.com.

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In this episode, Reid and his friend Doug Duren of Cazenovia, WI take some time to discuss land use, management, conservation, and access. Known to many for his additions to Steve Rinella's Meateater show and the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Doug is at root a passionate land steward. He brings to the conversation a unique perspective on land, highlighted by his innovative Conservation Cooperators Network initiative which fosters access on private land in exchange for land management work. Doug is a wonderful storyteller, seasoned hunter, and something of a philosopher. Some great lessons are leaned into, and some great ideas bounced around. Enjoy!

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Recorded on-site at Orvis Sandanona, Reid discusses the finer points of shooting technique with James Ross, Chief Shooting Instructor for The Orvis Company. James lays out the five key elements that result in effective wingshooting, shedding additional light on the fact that fundamental skills and practice are key. James also discusses his personal story and current role, describing how he became one of the finest shooting instructors in the US.


Reid speaks with his friend Bob St. Pierre, VP of Marketing and Communications for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. Bob articulates the work and goals of these two impactful groups while also recounting his pathway into a career in conservation. The two discuss land and dogs and the recent Pheasant Fest; a great chat with a great guest. Enjoy!

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On a March afternoon, Reid shares an hour with writer, hunter, upland historian, and Ruffed Grouse devotee Andy Wayment. Andy and Reid discuss Andy's recent book, Idaho Ruffed Grouse Hunting, which chronicles Andy's love affair with grouse, dogs, and days afield. The two discuss the book as well as Andy's work with brother Shawn Wayment on the Uplandways blog, but conversation wanders deep into the world of outdoor literature. Andy and Reid go deep into their shared passion for the great and timeless stories penned by such authors as Gorham Cross, Corey Ford, Bill and Tap Tapply, and Burton Spiller. A great listen!

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On this podcast Reid visits with Ryan O’Shaughnessy of West Texas Quail Outfitters. Building on an earlier podcast, the two discuss Ryan’s unique story, which began with a childhood in rural Botswana and grew into a career as a wildlife biology professor in west Texas. The two discuss how Ryan’s upbringing informed his love of land and species, and similarly how a love of wildlife can exist in concert with an identity as a hunter and guide.


Pheasant Fest is the annual consumer show and fundraiser/banquet that benefits Pheasants Forever, a leader in conservation of Upland habitat and species. While there I was able to sit down with the mother/daughter duo of Liz and Hayden Lewis of Bozeman, MT. Hayden at 13 is hoping to join The National Youth Leadership Council with PF, and she is an avid young female hunter and shooter. Liz is formerly a competition shooter, fishing guide, lifelong hunter, and in recent years has become recognized as one of the country’s best wildlife sculptors. Her bronze’s are prized and displayed in homes and galleries around the world. Liz, Hayden and I discuss being a youth hunter, Hayden’s involvement in conservation, and Liz’s ascent in her field.

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In another on-site podcast, Reid spends an evening with friend and former Endorsed Guide of the Year, Mark Nissen of Classic Bird Hunts. Recorded on a hunt for desert quail in southern New Mexico, this podcast is more a conversation between friends, discussing quail hunting, Brittany’s, and Mark’s unique career. Enjoy

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:07pm EST

Reid explores his thoughts on the ideal gun for a given application. With identity as a focus throughout, he considers how the gun used in a given environment must make sense both functionally, but also tonally. This podcast also wanders into a bit of a wish list, or something along the lines of “if money were no object…” Enjoy!

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:54pm EST

In another solo podcast, Reid shares 5 tips on how to make corrections when shooting success starts to go south. In essence, these tips offer a way to troubleshoot when consistent missing starts to occur. Included are issues of mechanics, but also the more pertinent issues of mindset, and how to combat them. Enjoy!"

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:32pm EST

In another read-aloud session, Reid shares and reflects on the story Maggie's October, first published in Shooting Sportsman Magazine. The winter season is a reflective time, with many thoughts drifting back to people, places, and moments. This is a story fondly remembered, and happily shared.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:31pm EST

Reid discusses shotguns and physics with Andrew Wertenberger, Senior Gunsmith for Caesar Guerini USA, Fabarm USA, and Syren. The two go deep into the functioning of auto-loaders, the physics of choke, the nuances of cartridges, and general explanations of the forces at work in a shotgun. Enjoy!

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:53am EST

Charley Perkins of The Orvis Company joins Reid to discuss all things duck hunting. Charley is an avid and lifelong waterfowler and a tremendous game shot, and the two discuss shooting both near home and further afield, and hit on some basics of guns, dogs, calls, and decoys.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:55am EST

Master engraver, gunmaker, and unrivaled craftsman Damien Connolly joins Reid for a discussion about much more than engraving. Connolly, who moved to southern Vermont from his native Australia to work alongside renowned engraver Winston Churchill, discusses his quest for excellence and his fascination with craft. Few gunsmiths have the breadth of skill that Connolly brings to the game, and few are as driven to achieve a high degree of proficiency regardless of the cost, or the reward. An incredible conversation takes shape.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:13pm EST

On an early November evening, Reid returns from Orvis Sandanona with Gun Room Manager Greg Carpiniello. Recorded on a mobile unit that captures the sound of rain on the windshield, the two discuss the Orvis assortment of shotguns, and how it was arrived at. Gun talk, Orvis talk, and a peak behind the scenes of Orvis gun sales; enjoy.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm EST

In this episode Reid has the privilege of sharing an hour with acclaimed writer, rancher, hunter, angler, and conservationist Thomas McGuane. McGuane, whose career as a novelist and short story writer spans nearly 50 years, describes his thoughts on hunting, dogs, place, guns, and friends. For listeners who know and love McGuane's work, this podcast is a must.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:17pm EST

In this episode, Reid reads from another previously published one of his works. In a nostalgic moment Reid describes his early hunting and mentors in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, and goes on to read a reflective story of people and place. Enjoy!

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:32pm EST

Recorded live in Cabri Saskatchewan, Reid spends an evening at Bird Camp speaking with Dave Brown of Dave Brown Outfitters. The two discuss the day they spent afield for Hungarian Partridge and Sharptail Grouse, and Dave describes the nuances and history of hunting the region. A bit on guns, a bit on birds, and the sound of a few restless bird dogs underfoot. Enjoy!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:43pm EST

Reid spends an hour with Jordan Smith (Orvis Gunsmith) and Greg Carpiniello (Orvis Gunroom Manager) discussing nuances of guns and shooting. The trio explore shot size, chokes, dangers of steel shot in old guns, shotgun finishes, and recoil. The podcast is rife with opinions, some of which are even well-informed. Enjoy!


In what may become a periodic new format for the podcast, Reid shares a written story of an early duck hunt, and a traditional reunion with an old friend. These periodic spoken word/storytelling podcasts may become a regular installment, so don't hesitate to weigh in with your opinions.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:39am EST

Ronnie Smith and Susanna Love join Reid for a conversation about canine psychology, mindset, and some of the lessons they use to enhance both. Ronnie and Susanna are owners of Ronnie Smith Kennels, and they have collectively trained thousands of dogs in the methodology that began with Ronnie's late father and Uncle Delmar Smith. Ronnie and Susanna have taken dog training to a remarkable new space, looking for ways to leverage a positive canine mindset for maximum result in the training environment and in the field.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:09pm EST

On the eve of Reid's first hunting junket of the season Reid spends a bit of time with Matty Rawlinson of Owens Valley Wingshooting. The two discuss Matty's early days afield in the UK, the differences between UK and US shooting styles and perceptions, and even the nuances of load efficiency. Not to be missed is the segment on Snipe, a species for which Matty has a soft spot. Enjoy!


With upland bird season already underway through much of North America, Reid chats with Durrell Smith of the Gundog Notebook, discussing all facets of hunting, shooting, guns, dogs, and the upland aesthetic. Durrell Smith is an artist, art teacher, and avid gundog owner who has immersed himself in his passion for all things hunting related. Reid and Durrell wander in and out of their shared stories of a late introduction to the sporting life, finding ample common ground and shared interests. Enjoy!


Reid welcomes his colleague Julia Zema to the podcast to discuss the common questions facing new hunters as they attempt to enter the world of upland bird hunting. Julia and Reid discuss, firearm education, hunter safety, etiquette, access, and dogs, and so doing hope to answer common questions and break down some barriers of entry. Enjoy!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:03pm EST

Ron Boehme, host of the Hunting Dog Podcast, joins Reid for a conversation that runs the gamut. Ron and Reid discuss podcasting, their shared respect for Steven Rinella's work on Meateater, the prospect of bringing a spaniel pup home, and the joys of fine double guns. Ron's enthusiasm and humor are infectious, and the two spend an easy hour wandering around the topics they both enjoy.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:53pm EST

In this episode of the podcast Reid speaks with Jeremy Criscoe of Blue Cypress Kennels, an Orvis Endorsed Labrador breeder. Jeremy describes the kennel operation, the focus on British Labradors, and the conditioning necessary to produce top field dogs that are in peak hunting performance each fall.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:20am EST

On today's podcast Reid interviews Karl Gunzer, Sr. Manager - Sporting Dog Group at Nestle/Purina. After a successful career as a retriever trialer and trainer, Gunzer took a job with Purina promoting relations within the sporting dog space. He and Reid discuss his personal story, canine nutrition, and the role Purina plays with owners, trainers, handlers, and sporting dogs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:27pm EST

Reid spends an hour with Shawn Wayment, a Colorado veterinarian with a focus on sporting dogs. Listeners may know Shawn as Bird dog doc on Instagram, or via the Uplandways blog that he hosts with his brother Andy. Reid and Shawn discuss common health issues among sporting dogs, emergency treatment in the field, chronic issues, and what should be in every bird hunter's first aid kit. Enjoy!!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:54pm EST

In response to a few emails Reid takes the opportunity to share his personal story, illuminating his life and career in hunting, writing, dogs, and guns. More than simply a bio, this podcast also explores some of the very real and universal challenges of learning to become an upland hunter and dog owner, while also celebrating the triumphs. A good opportunity to learn more about the host of the Orvis Hunting and Shooting Podcast.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:34pm EST

Reid is joined on the show by Rick Watson from Catskills Casts and Coverts where they discuss grouse hunting in the Catskill region of New York State and the exciting classes provided by Catskill Casts and Coverts to help improve your wing shooting skills.


Reid takes to the podcast booth to answer some dog questions recently posed by listeners. He answers some questions about terminology, picking a breed, and how to select a methodology for training that ensures some degree of success. Somewhat off-the-cuff, and strictly informed by Reid's own experience and opinion, this podcast serves to illuminate some basic and oft-asked questions about gun dogs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:19pm EST

Thierry Bombeke, Associate Publisher and Director of Wingshooting at Shooting Sportsman Magazine, talks turkey with Reid. Thierry, an avid and educated turkey hunter, shares tips and tricks for success in the turkey woods. From locating to decoy setups to calling strategies, the two discuss ways in which spring turkeys can be taken, as well as ways in which they can continually confound us hunters. Enjoy!

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:04pm EST

Reid joins Orvis Gunroom Manager Greg Carpiniello in a discussion about repeating shotguns. In light of turkey season, the two discuss the history of autoloaders and pump guns, while also exploring some contemporary offerings. Enjoy!

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:27pm EST

Reid speaks with his colleague Jordan Smith, longtime Gunsmith at The Orvis Company, about the nuances of gun restoration. The two straw into some personal stories of guns that were worth restoring and guns that were decidedly not, and hit upon the challenges and opportunities of breathing new life into an old firearm.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:49am EST

Reid speaks with Christian Fichtel, manager of the Orvis store in Greenville, SC. Christian is an avid southern grouse hunter, and has spent years chasing grouse throughout the challenging coverts of the southern Appalachians. He describes the region and the resource, and spends a bit of time exploring the joys and challenges of being a grouse hunter and grouse dog owner in a region of relatively slim populations.


Reid speaks with Orvis Gunroom Manager Greg Carpiniello about 'first good guns'. The two identify guns of lasting value, quality, and aesthetics that can be had for less than a contemporary autoloader but will provide a lifetime of enjoyment. Basically, a couple of shotgun geeks talking about the guns they would buy if 1500 bucks fell into their laps. Enjoy!

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:22pm EST

Reid spends some time with Michael Pepi of Jonas Brothers Taxidermy in New York. With more than a century's worth of experience, Jonas Brothers has been the taxidermist of choice for such noted hunters as Ernest Hemingway. Since the early 1980's the company has been owned by the Pepi family, and Michael carries on the tradition. He is an avid waterfowler and upland hunter, as well as a dog handler and guide. Reid and Michael discuss birds, dogs, and how to care for game you hope to have mounted.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:14am EST

In answer to a question about flushing spaniels, Reid spends some time with his good friend and noted trainer Jerry Cacchio. The two drill down on the finer points of English Springer and English Cocker spaniels, trends in the breeding of each, and their greater applicability for North American hunting.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:25pm EST

Reid spends a few minutes reflecting on 2017, and offering some thoughts for 2018. With this, he shares 5 New Years Resolutions that are applicable to every wingshooter from gun maintenance to best practices in working with your dog. With that, he wishes all listeners a safe and happy New Year!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:07pm EST

All of us at the Orvis Hunting and Shooting podcast wish a Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! In this episode, Reid speaks with Alex Russo of South Dakota’s Flatland Flyways. The two discuss prairie dry ground waterfowling, the habits of ducks, and the sometimes bizarre rules and regs for non resident waterfowl hunters in the dakotas.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:39pm EST

Reid answers some recent listener questions addressing gun fit, picking a preserve, hunting without a dog, and assessing cover.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:40pm EST

Reid spends an afternoon with his friend Keith Nord, an avid bird hunter and former captain of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings. Keith shares insights on life, hunting, dogs, and football in an inspirational podcast that is sure to be of interest to all.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:28pm EST

Reid speaks with Al Stewart, Wildlife Biologist and Upland Gamebird Specialist and Program Leader for Michigan DNR. Al describes the life cycle and habits of the American Woodcock, based on a lifetime of study and conservation work.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:18pm EST

Reid spends some time with Ed Arnett, Senior Scientist for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. Ed and Reid discuss the role sage grouse play in the current discussion of conservation in the west. Ed reflects upon the history and natural history of the sage grouse, and the place they have occupied as a figurehead for the conservation of the sagebrush ecosystem.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:42am EST

In response to several listener emails, Reid spends an hour discussing how to get started in bird hunting. Using his own experience as a point of reference, he offers several tips on how one can enter into what can seem a challenging sport with significant barriers to entry.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Reid spends some time with Agustin Bustos, guide and dog handler at both Los Ombues Lodge in Argentina, and Patagonia River Guides in Patagonia. Agustin is somethign of a legend among international wingshooters, and he describes the ins and outs of dove, duck, and perdiz hunting for the traveling sportsman.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:22pm EST

In light of the publication of his new book 'The Orvis Guide to Upland Hunting', Reid discusses ten must-read books for upland hunters. Among them are a few lesser-known pieces that might be of interest.

Have a question or suggestion for the show? Email Reid at bryantre@orvis.com.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:49pm EST

Reid spends some time with Orvis Hunting Product Developer Charley Perkins. Charley discusses his passion for waterfowl hunting, his innovations in hunt product, and the unique sporting culture in which he was raised. He references the new 2018 hunting assortment which can be viewed at www.orvis.com/huntinglookbook

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:10pm EST

Reid chats with Greg Carpiniello, Orvis Gun Room Manager based in Manchester Vermont. Reid and Greg discuss guns, Greg's role at Orvis, and what it might be like to have the chance to buy that dream shotgun.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:31pm EST