2018

Vol. 6 Num. 1
Vol. 6 Num. 1
Covey Rise

Vol. 6 Num. 1

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DECEMBER - JANUARY 2018 ISSUE

As wingshooting season continues to unfold from this year into next, we take time to reflect on all this year has given us and the many adventures we were able to join in—From chasing wild Valley quail in wine country to pursing snipe and woodcock in the Scottish Isles.

In this issue we continue our quest for ultimate sporting adventures and travel down south to the Dominican Republic for Casa de Campo’s 30th annual Sugar Shoot tournament. In this story, we learn more about Pepe Fanjul and the Fanjul family, as well as his unlikely sportsman’s playground. We also head to Mexico in search of the black throated quail and enjoy traditional Yucatecan dishes with Chablé chef, Jorge Vallejo.

We also spend time with a few personalities that make our ultimate upland passions come to life. George Hickox, a world-renowned dog trainer whose ability to think outside the box to solve a dog’s problems has owners from around the world attending his schools and workshops, and Clive Tyler, a Plein Air impressionist who depicts landscape and wildlife scenes from the Tetons at dusk and the marshlands of South Carolina to elk and bison in their natural habitats. 

Returning to London for the next installment of our best gun series, we jump ahead in the best gun process to the final steps in creating the gun. In this issue, we explore the proof house and learn about a practice—to prove that all guns are safe for firing—that has been in place in England since the early 1600s. We also visit with the finisher who has spent more than 175 hand-on hours regulating and assembling various parts of the gun. 

Along the way we bring you insights on efforts to save the bobwhite quail in Texas and Florida, a look at California Sparkling, an educated look at understanding cigar wrappers and the confusion behind it, and a love story between Jim Beam White Label and a 21-year-old Fred Minnick.  

We hope you remember that our success is yours, our aspirations are yours, and our spirit is fueled by the enthusiasm you harbor for this lifestyle. Enjoy making and reflecting upon your own ultimate adventures throughout this season and the new year.


Cover image by John Hafner

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Vol. 6 Num. 2
Vol. 6 Num. 2
Covey Rise

Vol. 6 Num. 2

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FEBRUARY - MARCH 2018 ISSUE

Right before your New Year resolutions wear off and just in time for a little R&R after the holiday meals, the newest issue of Covey Rise is here and as always, is packed with the ultimate in the upland lifestyle. For starters, Reid Bryant and Bryan Grossenbacher head to Patagonia in search of Valley quail. In part one of this two-part series, the pair heads south to explore a relatively new and incredibly prolific Valley quail resource in the Andean steppe of central Patagonia. In addition to birds, however, they find legends old and new, and a wide-open landscape that holds its secrets well. 

We set out for Texas to learn about this year’s T. Boone Pickens Lifetime Sportsman Award winner Rick Snipes and his 6,000-acre ranch in the Rolling Plains ecoregion, and familiarize ourselves with the little-known world of pointing Labs. We also take a trip to Gunshow in Atlanta to visit Kevin Gillespie, an avid hunter, and restaurateur, who is putting a new spin on traditional dining experiences.

In this issue, we pause on our best gun series in order to keep pace with the tempo of the gun being made and make sure this process is documented as accurately as possible. We are in the process of acquiring the final elements needed to celebrate the individual contributions of these expert gunmakers. Tune in to the April–May ’18 issue where we head back to London and learn about the pure aesthetics of the gun—engraving—and the treatments of the engraved hardware. 

However, we do head across the pond in this issue, but this time to Italy to learn more about Perazzi, an Italian gunmaker who competition shooters have known for decades, but game shooters are now learning more about. 

Along the way, we hear from our devoted contributors on when and when not to ice, how age affects wine, and why forest policy reforms are critical to upland bird conservation. 

So put down the fork and step away from the table. Pour yourself a glass of the finest bourbon and make sure your pup is tended to because it’s Covey Rise time. We hope you enjoy.

Cover image by Terry Allen

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Vol. 6 Num. 3
Vol. 6 Num. 3
Covey Rise

Vol. 6 Num. 3

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APRIL - MAY 2018 ISSUE

In Patagonia, a man can simultaneously lose and find himself. In the last issue of Covey Rise, we introduced you to Rance Rathie and Travis Smith of Patagonia River Guides. Reid Bryant and photographer Brian Grossenbacher headed south to explore a relatively new and incredibly prolific Valley quail resource in the Andean steppe of central Patagonia. In this issue, they continue their journey in Patagonia to learn more about those souls that come looking for legends, and maybe a bit of the world’s best wild bird hunting as well. In the second part of the two-part series, they explore the region and the remarkable quail resource. Needless to say, they find birds aplenty, untracked open spaces, and a story to last a lifetime in part 2 of “In the Rough Hills North of Trevelin.” 

Also in this issue, writer Miles DeMott and photographer Terry Allen head to Millpond Plantation—a 10,000-acre estate, which took over 20 years to create—in Thomasville, Georgia. They pay a visit to the Sedgwick family to discover stories untold, relive happy memories, and reacquaint with a simpler time. Learn more about Millpond Plantation and the Sedgwick family history on page 52. Our team also heads to Halfway, Oregon, to visit Ira Stutzman and learn more about his handmade fly rods. They also take a few days to pursue chukar partridge in the area. Discover more about this adventure on page 80. And what trip would be complete without a top-notch travel experience for your favorite four-legged companion? Read about the luxuries available for your most loyal hunting partner in “Jet-Setting Bird Dogs.”

We resume the London best gun series to bring focus on the final elements of building the gun. Recently we took a trip back to London to learn more about the pure aesthetics of the gun—engraving—and to gather more resources to document this intricate process. Read more about the steel canvas and the art of engraving on page 62. 

To top off this issue we learn about what and when to mix with whiskey, why cigar boxes are an essential part of the cigar business and discuss how sportsmen and women champion wildlife and public lands in America.

We’ve got a lot in store for and are glad you’re here for the ride. So, you know the drill: put your feet up and pour yourself a drink, because it’s Covey Rise time. 

Cover image by Jerry Imprevento

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