>Purple Shadows on the Prairie…Sage Y’hickens, It’s What’s for Dinner!

>Tonight I returned from north central Colorado where Sterling and I had a grand ol’ time chasing greater sage grouse on the wide open prairie. I know I’ve said this many times before, but I love sage grouse and the spaces which they inhabit! To me, they define the American West and what remains truly wild. The weather was near perfect up there for us. We found a few extras as well. Ellie had her very first encounter with a porcupig which was out in the middle of the sage prairie…first time I’ve ever seen one that far from the trees. I also found a very nice flint bird point near where the grouse were. I couldn’t help but imagine the person who made it, out there on the sage prairie, years before us in hot pursuit of sage chickens for dinner!

We stayed at a wonderful inn where Walter and I had dinner last year…it was pleasantly surprising, and we’ll be staying there again next year as I plan to make reservations much further in advance (that is unless the Feds close down the sage grouse season).

The grouse were there too, but we had to burn up some boot leather in order to find them. What a glorious weekend…I’ll be dreaming of sage chickens for days to come!

7 Comments Add yours

  1. >Envy! Envy! Oh drat that I couldn't be there with you this year. God willing and the government stays out of the way, I'll be there next time. I get goose bumps just looking at those sage flats. I will never forget the trip from last year. I have shot most every kind of upland bird but the sage grouse was the topping on the dessert! Poor Ellie. Think she learned anything?

    1. Sunshine says:

      I love reading these articles because they’re short but informvtaie.

  2. Matt Ortiz says:

    >Very Jealous!! Looks like it was a great time!!

  3. Eric G says:

    >Those birds are huge! Good work! Sorry about that darn Porkupig.

  4. >Sorry about the porcupine. It looks like she's smart enough not to tangle with the too much. I love the open sage grouse habitat. I didn't get my Utah permits, darn draw! It looks like I wont be making it out to Wyoming either. I guess I’ll have to live vicariously through you and my other friends. Great pictures!

  5. Andy W. says:

    >Shawn, Not sure what happened, but I tried to leave a comment earlier. It looks like you had a good time. Wish I could have been there with you. Cool arrowhead. Good post.

  6. Dale Hernden says:

    >Like Eric, I never imagined they were so big.Sounds like agreat time.

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