Ghosts & Ranchers 

A windsept shortgrass prairie full of cholla, prickly pear, soapweed yucca, blue grama and buffalo grasses, prairie sage wort and junipers were the settings for a great day of chasing scaled quail in the canyon lands of eastern Colorado.  Our first solo trip for the season.  A time to run my 6 month old coverdog…

THE SONG OF HARVEST HOME

[Note from Author:  This article first appeared in the Ruffed Grouse Society Magazine in 2014 and is reprinted here with permission.  Happy Thanksgiving from Upland Ways!  We appreciate all of our loyal followers!] The rich ruffed grouse hunting tradition is deeply rooted in the Eastern United States and is spreading across the country into the…

GRAY LIGHTNING

“Huns sound fast.” –E. Donnall Thomas, Jr. On day one of our annual hunt, Saturday, October 1st, Shawn and I first hunted the Royal Macnab in the morning with great success.  Since it was Shawn’s birthday, we then went for tacos at a place called Taqueria La Costa in Chubbuck, Idaho.  I bought Shawn’s lunch…

AVERY

There are times life will rattle your bones and will bend your limbs You’re still far and away the boy you’ve ever been So you bend back and shake at the frame of the frame you made But don’t you shake alone Please Avery, come home. -The Decemberists, “Dear Avery” Our hunting adventures are so…

SURE ENOUGH

In bird hunting, there is no such thing as a sure thing.  There are no guarantees that you will find birds, and even if you do, sometimes you can’t hit them.  There’s just too many variables.  But every hunter has a few coverts with prime spots where the odds tip in the hunter’s favor. Since 2003, the Wayment…

Hinterland 

Back country remote picturesque sparsely populated lands…Idaho defined precisely. I just returned from my annual trek to southern Idaho where I get to hunt with my brother (and best friend) Andy and visit with my family.  I enjoyed spending time with my mother and seeing my nephews and nieces.  This year Andy and I were…

THE LOST PHONE

Every Fall Brother Shawn and I get together for a week to hunt upland birds in Idaho.  We live for this time together with our bird dogs. Last year was a spectacular one and we found birds every day and the dogs did wonderful. I take all of my hunting and fishing photos with an iPhone. …

Quail Forever Bird Dog Blog Post: Dangers in the Field

(Above photo of the huns and pointers was provided by my good friends Dave and Kraig Kruger while rubbing it in during their trip to Montana) Jack Hennessy contacted me a few weeks ago to get my opinion on things that we as bird dog owners can do at home to prevent injury or severe…

Renegades, Root Beers & the Avett Brothers

Andy and I just finished our 4th annual Colorado fly fishing whirl-wind tour this past week. Traditionally the Arkansas River has a CFS around 1600 where we can wade the banks and throw big ugly bugs to voracious trout…but not the past two years. Colorado has had wet/cold spring causing delayed runoff. No despair…we Wayment…

QUALITY VS. QUANTITY?

What do anglers hope to take away from a day of fishing?  I think many anglers would say they want to catch a lot of big fish each time they go out, but the reality is that big fish are tougher to catch and you’re not going to catch as many.  How do you think…

ICE COLD BREW

Besides tacos, nothing wraps up a fishing or hunting expedition quite like an ice cold brew.  Some of you may think I’m talking about beer, but I’m a Mormon so I don’t drink alcohol.  I’m actually talking about root beer; not the brands you buy in plastic two liter bottles (although some of them such…