When one hears the phrase “upland hunting,” it is easy to recall memories of a hunt, images of beloved bird dogs, and picturesque views taken in on the journey. However, upland hunting is not simply a sport, but a lifestyle, and one that has been decades in the making.
The customs of the hunt are passed down through generations of families, lifetimes are dedicated to perfecting a craft, and the utmost respect is given to practices that have been around much longer than we have. Covey Rise seeks to recognize the stories of those who have dedicated themselves to upholding these traditions.
Whether it be the meticulous crafting of a beautiful gun, honoring the art of hunting with animals, or lovingly enhancing the sport with a home-cooked meal, the upland lifestyle is integral to the hunt, even if the hunt doesn’t define the lifestyle. This issue looks at that relationship, and we celebrate it all.
Wing & Barrel: Bringing the best of California together at Wing & Barrel Ranch.
Bubba: A lifetime of humility is the legacy of Bubba Wood.
Spectacle of Nature: The ancient art of falconry with bird dogs elevates hunting to its pinnacle form.
Flawless Function: Few gunsmiths carry on the centuries-old trade, and Del Whitman is one.
Peaches in the Summertime, Apples in the Fall: How Joanne Linehan’s love for food blooms in the Yaak Valley of Montana.
Through a Hunter’s Lens: The art of Rodger McPhail represents what we feel afield.