Category Archives: Why We Hunt

WHY WE HUNT, Member Drew Phipps

” . . . it is disturbing to me that there are so few grouse left in the woods here. I often wonder if I will be the last person to walk some of the coverts I hunt. I wonder … Continue reading

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WHY WE HUNT, Member Morgan Wolfe

” . . . and part of the reason I hunt is because I love the bonds that this sport creates. The bond between a man or woman and a dog, the bond between fellow hunters, and the bond between … Continue reading

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WHY WE HUNT, Member Jim Gray

I might have arrived late to the grouse hunting scene, but I am determined to do everything I can to “pay it forward” and leave it in better shape than I found it. Why do I hunt? I really didn’t … Continue reading

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WHY WE HUNT, Member Don Mallicoat

I don’t remember the first bird I shot. But I do remember when I knew I was a bird hunter. As a burr-headed boy of about 12, I was walking with Uncle Jim along a field edge in Alabama hunting … Continue reading

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WHY WE HUNT, Member Cooper Rossner

These connections I make with people, dogs, birds, my heritage and the soil along with the memories and stories I’ll tell for the rest of my life are why I hunt. I got into this racket sort of backwards. What … Continue reading

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WHY WE HUNT, Member Ron McGinty

The first grouse I ever swung on was a right-to-left crosser at “The Wild 80”, a hunting club my wife’s late father belonged to. It was one of those clear, crisp October days we all dream about where the grouse … Continue reading

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WHY WE HUNT, Member Payton Gunby

I grouse hunt because it’s in my DNA. Surprisingly, it doesn’t have to be passed down through genetics. Take a stroll through the grouse woods and you might find it quickly imprinted in yours. The story of grouse hunting for … Continue reading

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WHY WE HUNT, Member Stephen Faust

Our sport will die out if we’re not bringing in new hunters. In the sales world, we say if you’re not growing you’re dying. In the hunting world, the same may be true. I was about 8 years old when … Continue reading

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WHY WE HUNT, Member Noah Smith

The sun was making its way across a high top in the Nantahala Mountains, and the first rays of light hit the frozen windshield of my truck. The thoughts of previous hunts high in the Carolina hills fought for a … Continue reading

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Why We Hunt, with Member Douglas B. Egenolf

Be careful . . . ruffed grouse will burn a passion into your hunting heart from which you can’t break free. Give me just a touch of cooler air and for some reason, I have to start roaming. If the … Continue reading

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