DREAMIN’ ABOUT BIRD DOGS

It has been a while since I last posted. One of the major reasons is the tragic passing of Misty on March 18, 2017.   Throughout her whole life, Misty was an escape artist who loved to get out of the house and run wild.  I feared this deviant tendency might catch up with her.  Since the pain…

Canine Hip Dysplasia and PennHip 

Ron Boehme, the host of the awesome Hunting Dog Podcast, asked if I ‘d contribute some veterinary specific advice to his Blog on the Hunting Dog Podcast…which I gladly accepted the challenge.  Here’s the link to my latest contribution http://thehuntingdogpodcast.com/2017/04/canine-hip-dysplasia-and-pennhip/. Spring turkeys here we come!   The caddis are hatching on the Ark as well. Setter…

Clays & Birds Podcast Interview 

Andrew Schatz from Clays & Birds recently (and graciously) interviewed me for his rapidly growing podcast this past week.  Check out Andrew’s podcasts directly at his website and they can also be found on iTunes.   The link is below. birddogdoc’s Interview

Muggins by Havilah Babcock on Sporting Classics Daily

Havilah Babcock’s Muggins “First published in the September 1937 issue of Field & Stream under the title “Old Muggins” and subsequently in The Best of Babcock (1974), this wonderful story now appears in The Greatest Quail Hunting Book Ever, new from Sporting Classics.” Sporting Classics Daily posted recently a chapter out of their Greatest Quail Hunting Book…

TELL YOUR CONGRESSMAN TO VOTE NO ON H.R. 622

“Common sense will nearly always stand you in better stead than a slavish adherence to the conventions.” ~M.M. Kaye, Shadow of the Moon It was so awesome to see sportsmen come together to defeat H.R. 621, but the fight to protect our public lands is far from over. Another pending bill, H.R. 622, would remove…

PROTECT OUR PUBLIC LANDS!

“This land was made for you and me.” ~Woody Guthrie “Land is a man’s very own soul.” ~quote from the movie, “Far and Away” We don’t typically post political content on Upland Ways, but on this issue we will make an exception.  There is currently a push in Washington D.C. to start selling off and/or…

Pilgrims & a Great Adventure 

(In)Famous Gary Thompson from snowbound Wyoming and myself (& our 6 canine-cohorts) just returned from an adventurous pilgrimage on the Kansas and Colorado prairies.   We met up in Colorado last week and headed over to the Kansas grasslands to hunt wild birds before the predicted ice storms wreaked havoc on us.  We found some…

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…