South Fork Dogs!

My recent article in the – describing the ‘driven’ Pheasant shoot at South Fork Hunting Preserve – highlighted a few of the wonderful dogs we encountered. Because of space limitations for my article, I could not include many of the beautiful canines that were present. So, I thought it would be appropriate to provide a montage of some of the other ‘companions’ Frances photographed. Thank you again to Jacob and Colby and all the owners and handlers who gave us the chance to get to know their wonderful hunting dogs – or soon-to-be-hunting-dogs!

A Custom Quality Double Gun and a Continental Hunt Amateur

Dan Zimmerman, Editor of, was kind enough to quickly edit and schedule the article about Saturday’s Continental Pheasant hunt at South Fork Hunting Preserve. The story recounting the combination of the Verney-Carron Azur SD Eloge Grade 20 Gauge Shotgun, South Fork property, our four-legged companions and my far-from-perfect shooting – all captured in the wonderful photographs by Frances – can be found here!

Shotgun and Pheasant

Pheasant Throw!!

Shotgun and Pheasant

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves…until I finish my write-up that is…

Stay tuned for the series I will be sending your way, but for now thanks to Colby and Jacob and everyone else at South Fork Hunting Preserve for the fantastic time at their Pheasant-Throw.

And, thank you again to Jérôme Lanoue, Ken Buch and all the Master Craftsman at L’Atelier Verney-Carron, who crafted and provided me with the amazing Verney-Carron Azur SD Eloge Grade 20 Gauge Shotgun.

It works incredibly well on ‘driven’ pheasant!

A Boy, His Puppy and A Pheasant

The Art of Gunsmithing (by Frances Arnold)

Frances and I were given the privilege of touring L’Atelier Verney-Carron. Frances took the wonderful photographs that will accompany my articles describing our visit. Frances also wrote her own description of our visit, but from a mainly non-shooter’s perspective. Check her article out here!

.700 Nitro Express? Yes, Please!!

Thank you Jérôme Lanoue of L’Atelier Verney-Carron for providing me the opportunity to fire his personal rifle chambered in .700 Nitro Express

Load - Cropped

Jérôme told me to aim between the target’s ‘bulls’ as if it was the boss of a charging Cape Buffalo.


The moment of truth…


I pulled the shot a bit to the right (if you squint, you can see the hole near the left corner of the right bull)…

Hole in Buffalo Appears

And, there’s the HUGE hole made by the passage of the 1000-grain soft-point!

Hole a bit right! - cropped.jpg

I will need more practice, but I am still smiling after being given the chance to shoot this magnificent rifle!

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