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,…

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…

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…

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…

GRAY LIGHTNING

“Huns sound fast.” –E. Donnall Thomas, Jr. On day one of our annual hunt, Saturday, October 1st, Shawn and I first hunted the Royal Macnab in the morning with great success.  Since it was Shawn’s birthday, we then went for tacos at a place called Taqueria La Costa in Chubbuck, Idaho.  I bought Shawn’s lunch…

AVERY

There are times life will rattle your bones and will bend your limbs You’re still far and away the boy you’ve ever been So you bend back and shake at the frame of the frame you made But don’t you shake alone Please Avery, come home. -The Decemberists, “Dear Avery” Our hunting adventures are so…

SURE ENOUGH

In bird hunting, there is no such thing as a sure thing.  There are no guarantees that you will find birds, and even if you do, sometimes you can’t hit them.  There’s just too many variables.  But every hunter has a few coverts with prime spots where the odds tip in the hunter’s favor. Since 2003, the Wayment…

THE LOST PHONE

Every Fall Brother Shawn and I get together for a week to hunt upland birds in Idaho.  We live for this time together with our bird dogs. Last year was a spectacular one and we found birds every day and the dogs did wonderful. I take all of my hunting and fishing photos with an iPhone. …