FUSILLADE AT THE WINDY MILLS: DAY FOUR IN THE IDAHO UPLANDS

Fu·sil·lade [ˈfyo͞osəˌläd, ˈfyo͞osəˌlād] NOUN a series of shots fired or missiles thrown all at the same time or in quick succession: “Marchers had to dodge a fusillade of missiles” · Tuesday night was chilly and Wednesday morning dawned bright and sunny.  The conditions made for a stiff wind all day long.  By Wednesday, I was…

HOMESTEAD HUNS: DAY THREE IN THE IDAHO UPLANDS

‘The sun at home warms better than the sun elsewhere.”–Albanian Proverb. When Shawn comes every year in October, we hunt all over southern Idaho, from the west to the east.  During the week, we usually pursue valley quail, Huns, chukar, pheasant, sharptails, ruffed grouse, blue grouse, and sometimes spruce grouse.  On the first two days,…

LOVE, LOSS & REPEAT: DAYS ONE AND TWO OF OUR IDAHO HUNT

Nature’s first green is gold Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. –Robert Frost, “Nothing Gold Can Stay” Starting on Saturday, October 21, 2017, the Wayment Brothers…

Colorado Grouse Camp 2017

Smoke and heat was the theme for our annual Colorado grouse camp this year.   High above the Colorado river is where I started my day off…but not a single bird was located before the temps hit into the mid 80’s.  Surprisingly, this area has been very productive in the past but that day we…

LOOKING UP FROM A DOWN YEAR

I don’t need fortune and I don’t need fame Send down the thunder Lord, send down the rain But when you’re planning just how it will be Plan a good day for me Don Williams, “Lord I hope this Day is Good” Have you ever had one of those years that totally kicks your butt? …

A RICH MAN

“Would it spoil some vast eternal plan, if I were a wealthy man?” -Tevye, “Fiddler on the Roof” According to the standards of the world, I am no wealthy man.  I’m an attorney by profession, but I don’t own a nice home or drive a fancy car.  I have six kids, a beautiful  wife, Kristin,…

PRAYERS FOR RAIN

“He sendeth rain on the just and the unjust.” Matthew 5: 45. Let’s get something straight from the outset: My pup’s name is Rainey with an “E” not just a “Y” like the weather. Admittedly, my first two Brittanys were Sunny (Upland Autumn Sunshine) and Misty (Misty Morning Sunrise) after certain aspects of the weather,…

Colorado Mountain Merriam’s Turkeys 

One of my favorite outdoor pursuits is chasing turkeys in the high country during their spring breeding season. Merriam’s are Colorado natives and they inhabit some beautiful country…country that also has my greenbacks, another Coloradoan.  It’s taken me 12 years of trial and error (& being schooled) but I now know where they’ll be during…

RAINEY CREEK RUFF

As a follow up to my last post, I wanted to give you an update on my search for a puppy.   I decided early on that I wanted to get another Epagneul Breton (French Brittany), which was Sunny Girl’s breed.  In short, I want a dog that hunts like a demon in the field and acts like an…

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…