As we shift our focus from the summer months—which were full of fly fishing, shooting sporting clays, and spending time outdoors with friends and family—to the beginning of hunting season, we reflect on what adventures this new season could bring. Maybe this season, you’ll get the chance to head to Wyoming in search of the elusive chukar partridge, or head to south Texas seeking bobwhite quail. Whatever this season has in store, you’re sure to find more than just birds in your pursuits.
If you’re lucky enough, this season you just might get to travel to Scotland for what many call the Glorious Twelfth. This day marks the beginning of the 121-day grouse shooting season in Britain. For many, this is the first opportunity to dust off their shotguns, put on their tweeds, bag a few birds, and catch up with friends they haven’t seen since last season. Learn more about the Glorious Twelfth in “Chasing Kings” on page 84.
We cap off our London best series with a final trip back to England and return to the beginning of the gunmaking process. In this issue we complete the fitting and selecting of the gun.
We learn about the fitter and what dynamic measurements are taken in order to create an exact fit for the shooter and their gun.
As we head back to the states, we visit with Jim Baker and learn more about his life and passions apart from his astounding career as the White House Chief of Staff and United States Secretary of the Treasury. We also make a trip to Houston, Texas, to dine at Rainbow Lodge, a game-heavy restaurant operating out of a 100-year-old log cabin. We feast on rabbit tostada, rainbow trout, and more.
To read the full story and recipes, head to page 70.
We also give you latest news in conservation and the bourbon world, teach you about the legendary and lovely piece of art wrapped around your smoke, and discuss the sizeable differences between wine and food. Frank and Doc Blythe top off this issue with some comic relief and tell stories of friendship and preseason nuances. We hope this issue will bring you as much joy as this new season will. It’s time to beat the heat, head to your favorite reading spot, and pour yourself a drink, because it’s Covey Rise time. Cheers!