The very height of creation.
The very height of creation.

Well, the grouse hunting season is in full swing for me here in Idaho and I am loving life (except when work gets in the way of my grouse hunting!).

I’ve been busy writing and wanted to share a few things with the followers of the blog.  My friend Giuseppi Papandrea has a great grouse hunting blog over at and asked me to contribute a story about my worst misses on grouse.   I told him that was like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack because I miss so much, but then I remember one particular shameful exhibition of ineptitude.  Here is the link if you need a little comical relief: GROANERS.   

Misty in the grouse woods.
Misty in the grouse woods.

Be sure and join the Grouse Mob over at The Grousefather Blog.  Should be a fun blog to follow for all us grousers!

Also, I just had another article published in the Ruffed Grouse Society Magazine, entitled “The Heartbeat of the Woods” which I am super excited about.  In my opinion, the RGS magazine is one of the finest bird hunting magazines out there.

Ruffed Grouse Society

My friend, Ross Young’s great artwork adorns both the cover and accompanies my article.  What an honor to work with such a great artist and all around good guy!  Shawn and I will be hunting sharptails with Ross in just a few weeks.

For those of you interested in reading my article, you can review the whole article in the preview of the magazine at the following link: THE HEARTBEAT OF THE WOODS

I hope to have some other fun articles appearing in other magazines in the near future.  I’ll keep you all posted.

Have a good and safe hunting season.  Remember the tug is the drug and the flush is the rush!!!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Les Kish says:

    Nice story in the RGS magazine Andrew, short and sweet. The heartbeat analogy reminds me of a line by Gene Hill….”nothing is as empty as a field after the last deer has jumped the fence.” I wish I could remember the story. Anyway, a covert without grouse is just a patch of brush, or maybe as some would say… “a hellhole.”

    1. Thanks Les. This is why I call them the “grouse woods.” If there wasn’t any grouse, I probably would never venture into such places.

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