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2021 | Covey Rise

Vol. 9 Num. 1
Vol. 9 Num. 1
Covey Rise

Vol. 9 Num. 1

$ 10.00

DECEMBER - JANUARY 2021 ISSUE

As the pace of the season slows in a constant countdown to the unfortunate end, the stories in Covey Rise are crucial for us these days. Six times a year, the magazine makes the time stand still for all of us who love the upland lifestyle.

Sitting down and thumbing through the pages takes us to another place, another time, and gives us vision for the future. The stories force us to slow down and enjoy all that the captivating words and spectacular images do for our imagination, hopes, and dreams for future hunts and travels. A celebration is, in itself, reflection upon the good times, and we appreciate this in spades through spirits, cigars, and camaraderie. We honor those who came before us while understanding the need, through hunter recruitment and conservation, to preserve the heritage for the next generation.

In this issue, Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota honors her family values grown from her rural roots to uphold the hunting traditions of the people she represents. From growing up on a ranch to owning a pheasant-hunting business, she understands the connection between hunters and the land, because she has lived this life herself.

The story by Oliver Hartner with photography from Terry Allen about walking into Darlington Gun Works in South Carolina brings shooters back in time to revel in the legacy of classic shotguns. Jim Kelly and his team protect the integrity of gunsmithing’s past with vision for enhancing our firearms’ future.

Reid Bryant and Brian Grossenbacher use an upland key of amazing storytelling and photography to open the door to the potential of hunting California quail in the Baja Desert of Mexico. These birds represent more than just a hunt, but instead bridge lives together for a special group of friends.

Prairie chickens light the upland fire on the pastures of Nebraska in the story “High Plains Heat” featuring a diverse cast of characters who embrace the challenge to find that proverbial upland needle in the haystack. From the birds to the bourbon, this hunt represents the pinnacle example of why we work so hard in the field with the goal to end it with a celebration at dusk each day.

Cover by John Hafner

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Vol. 9 Num. 2
Vol. 9 Num. 2
Covey Rise

Vol. 9 Num. 2

$ 10.00

FEBRUARY - MARCH 2021 ISSUE

This time of year, we reflect upon where we’ve been with vision for where we want to go. Looking forward, there is more reason to be positive for our future—from conservation to access to hunter recruitment—than ever before. If we work collectively, there will be habitat and birds available to perpetuate our traditions for generations to come. And, this issue of Covey Rise helps keep our eyes on the prize.

In “Wild at Heart,” Ryan and Roy Seiders show how their bold entrepreneurial vision made YETI the world-renowned brand that it is today. From the hard-sided coolers to insulated mugs, YETI is more than a name—It’s a lifestyle. The Covey Rise team spent some days with the brothers hunting bobwhite quail on their ranch in Kansas.

Of course we love our fine guns, but do you remember your first shotgun—your grandpa’s pump leaning against the barn door or the old autoloader you used to shoot pigeons in the yard? The feature “Guns We Grew Up With” shines light upon the classic Brownings, Winchesters, and Remingtons that ignited the fire of our lifelong passions for shotguns and wingshooting.

Imagine moving from the busy kitchens of restaurants in the Bronx to cooking wild game under the big sky of Montana. This issue features how Michael Carlucci has embraced this challenge and shares his talents with hunters at the Sharptail Lodge run by PRO Outfitters. Quite the unique experience, visitors can enjoy Michael’s upland cuisine inside a village of yurts on the Montana prairie.

In addition, the hunt heads west to climb for chukar in Idaho with Heaven’s Gate Outfitters. We feature the art of Julie Jeppsen, who paints iconic bird-dog and wildlife scenes that honor the Wild West. Chris Madson eloquently describes the dichotomy of losing a special dog while embracing the high hopes for another. As always, enjoy the constant content of cigars, wine, and whiskey to help us celebrate the upland lifestyle.

Cover by John Hafner

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Vol. 9 Num. 3
Vol. 9 Num. 3
Covey Rise

Vol. 9 Num. 3

$ 10.00

APRIL - MAY 2021 ISSUE

Certain stories written in print and told through the pages of a magazine can capture our attention in an instant and trigger us to reflect upon special memories from days gone by. This issue of Covey Rise does just this, melding together the harmony of the hunt with the melody of our upland traditions to remind us what we behold to protect in our upland lifestyle.

In “Fields of Dreams,” the Covey Rise team visited Grand Slam Pheasant Hunts in South Dakota to learn how Curt and Lorie Korzan built a paradise on the prairie from the ground up. Many years ago, the Korzans bet on pheasants for their livelihood, and their story motivates hard workers and dreamers who are willing to do what it takes to achieve their goals.

The spice of hunting life is the libations we choose and the stories they recall. In “Libations of Legend,” Covey Rise contributors share their favorite recipes and the reasons why these beverages are special to the upland experience. The next time you are celebrating at the tailgate or around the campfire, mix one of these recipes to help you reflect upon your days afield.

Collectors of double guns come with different practices and goals. Some have expansive collections, while are just getting started. Some collect to keep guns pristine in their homes, while others collect shotguns they like to hunt with. The story “A Call to Arms” examines these different types of collectors—Where you on the spectrum of shotgun collecting?

When examining the outdoor experience, upland hunting and fly-fishing are often compared, but why? Both bring with them a romanticism and inherent respect for the quarry. From Burton Spiller to Norman Maclean, classic stories have been told in literature waxing poetic our love for both sports. The story “Philosophy Afield” dives into why upland hunters and fly-fishermen often coexist and what also sets them apart.

Plus: A surprise to many hunters, standard poodles can hold their own on land or in water. If bobwhite quail are the king, then Mearns’s quail are the prince. Learn how to ensure a pleasurable first-cigar experience. Brays Island is conservating habitat and wildlife for the community and the landscape. And last but not least, Doc Blythe tells a vintage story about poachers and cattle rustlers to close out this issue. We hope you enjoy this issue!

Cover by Andy Anderson

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