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,…

CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN: DAY FIVE

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” –Edward Abbey I’m a grouse hunter through and through. If I had my druthers, I would opt to hunt for blues, ruffs, or sharptails nine times out of ten. And in Idaho…

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…

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…

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,…

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…