Sportsmen share a deep connection with the land upon which they hunt, cultivate, and live. This land provides jobs, clean air, fresh water, sustainable resources, and a wonderful sporting playground to enjoy. We celebrate the land, the hunt, and the upland lifestyle, and in this issue, we learn about different individuals whose passion for the outdoors is evident in how they live their lives.
First, we head down the road to Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, Alabama and visit with David and Ellen Pursell on their 3,200-acre farm, which has been in their family for generations. We learn about all the sporting amenities available, including activities at the Orvis Shooting Grounds, fly-fishing, UTV and horseback riding, and more. Read more about why Pursell Farms is a lauded destination for outdoor and sporting enthusiasts on page 34.
We then head to Georgia to Charlane Plantation and visit the Ramblin’ Man himself, Chuck Leavell. While exploring his time spent touring the world paying the piano, we learn more about his two true passions, music and trees. While in Georgia, we stop by Pine Hill Plantation to enjoy a classic bird hunt and leave with our bellies full of Bacon-wrapped Quail and Jalapeño Cornbread. Find these recipes and more on page 78.
Also in this issue we explore the world of Hartmann & Weiss guns, learn about the evolution of a bird-dog owner, and head to South Dakota to learn how the North American Grouse Partnership is leading the conservation effort for prairie grouse.
We present recipes for you to create your own bourbon blends, teach you about the different types of cigar tobacco, and discuss what makes wine great. Ben Williams tells of his most intimate moments with nature and shares his favorite places to be alone: the High Plain prairies of Montana and the gentle stream he calls the Oxbow. Frank continues his story and recounts his most recent adventure with Sage the English Cocker, and Doc Blythe closes this issue with his story of struggle and losing a young puppy.
We hope by the time this issue hits your doorstep you are out pursuing birds and spending time outdoors with friends and family. When you get some downtime, head for your favorite reading spot—maybe by a campfire—prop your feet up, have a drink, and subscribe, because it is Covey Rise time.