Saturday, August 1, 2015

My bird of regret - a column for Shotgun Life

You never know what's going to capture your imagination the most when you hunt strange birds in a strange place. The bird that did that for me in New Zealand earlier this summer is the subject of my latest column for Shotgun Life.

© Holly A. Heyser 2015

Monday, July 6, 2015

You should see what this duck hunter is doing for ducks!

"Got any stuff I can film this week?" I asked my coworker at California Waterfowl.

"Yeah, wanna go out with this wheat farmer tomorrow?" she replied.

"Sure!" I said. I actually had no idea that what this guy was doing would bring me to tears, repeatedly, as I worked on this video. If you care one shred about ducks, ducklings and giving back to nature, I hope you'll check it out. People are doing great things out there!

And if you're reading this by email and don't see a video below (Craig F.!), click on this link to check it out.

© Holly A. Heyser 2015

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Baiting, sluicing and other no-no's ... or are they? A column for Shotgun Life.

United States: Baiting ducks, illegal. Sluicing ducks, legal (but frowned upon). And on the other side of the Equator in New Zealand? The opposite.

Hunting in another country is a great opportunity not just to hunt new animals, but to think about laws and ethics and beliefs - why they exist, what benefit they have. That, my friends, is the subject of my latest column in Shotgun Life.

© Holly A. Heyser 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Democrats and Republicans Shootin' 'Em Up Together - a video for California Waterfowl

Yep, sometimes for my job, I get to spend the afternoon at the shooting range! But don't get too jealous - when you're shooting video, you don't really have much time to play with guns.

But this was a fun little video. Sportsmen's groups do this event every year where we bring California lawmakers and their staffs out to my own favorite range, the Cordova Shooting Center, for a little trap and skeet shooting. Click play on the short video below to see why.

And check out the nice double at 0:34 - beautiful follow-through on the second shot. That's Tracey Fremd, one of our past board members who served on California Waterfowl's legislative/policy committee. She's the one who first got me hooked up with CWA as a volunteer seven years ago!

© Holly A. Heyser 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015

The measure of a season - a column for Shotgun Life

I am a little obsessed with measuring my duck hunting results - keeping a body count. After eight seasons, though, perhaps it's time to outgrow that habit. But what else is an OCD girl supposed to do? Find out in my latest column for Shotgun Life.

© Holly A. Heyser 2015