I don’t think it can get any better than the experience we had hunting sage grouse here at home in Utah on Saturday. Beautiful weather, stunning landscape, devoted family, lots of wild birds, steady mounts, and enthusiastic (if not experienced in the pup’s case) dogs.
Several birds flushed as she was approached on point….one bird got up in shooting range and soared to the west, then north. It kept sailing, long after the shot it seemed. Then in mid flight, we saw it catapult directly heavenward, peak, and come tumbling to the ground. First bird was in the bag, radio collar intact:
This hunting trip was special because our nephew, a Marine home on leave, got to ride along and watch the action. He is a hunter at heart and enjoyed the quiet solitude….far removed from his regular, less peaceful duties:
Although experience on sage grouse has been less than on other game birds, skills transferred well and we got plenty of action over the veteran, picking and choosing what to shoot at, and what to let fly:
Perfection doesn’t happen often, but when it does we should embrace it and remember it. We are blessed to live and hunt in such a beautiful place, with the freedoms to enjoy and fully participate in the gifts that surround us. Truly, it doesn’t get any better than hunting sage grouse on horseback:
I hope all of you are enjoying your hunting seasons and finding success!