Colorado Grouse Camp 2017

Smoke and heat was the theme for our annual Colorado grouse camp this year.   High above the Colorado river is where I started my day off…but not a single bird was located before the temps hit into the mid 80’s.  Surprisingly, this area has been very productive in the past but that day we…

Colorado Mountain Merriam’s Turkeys 

One of my favorite outdoor pursuits is chasing turkeys in the high country during their spring breeding season. Merriam’s are Colorado natives and they inhabit some beautiful country…country that also has my greenbacks, another Coloradoan.  It’s taken me 12 years of trial and error (& being schooled) but I now know where they’ll be during…

Canine Hip Dysplasia and PennHip 

Ron Boehme, the host of the awesome Hunting Dog Podcast, asked if I ‘d contribute some veterinary specific advice to his Blog on the Hunting Dog Podcast…which I gladly accepted the challenge.  Here’s the link to my latest contribution http://thehuntingdogpodcast.com/2017/04/canine-hip-dysplasia-and-pennhip/. Spring turkeys here we come!   The caddis are hatching on the Ark as well. Setter…

Clays & Birds Podcast Interview 

Andrew Schatz from Clays & Birds recently (and graciously) interviewed me for his rapidly growing podcast this past week.  Check out Andrew’s podcasts directly at his website and they can also be found on iTunes.   The link is below. birddogdoc’s Interview

Muggins by Havilah Babcock on Sporting Classics Daily

Havilah Babcock’s Muggins “First published in the September 1937 issue of Field & Stream under the title “Old Muggins” and subsequently in The Best of Babcock (1974), this wonderful story now appears in The Greatest Quail Hunting Book Ever, new from Sporting Classics.” Sporting Classics Daily posted recently a chapter out of their Greatest Quail Hunting Book…

Pilgrims & a Great Adventure 

(In)Famous Gary Thompson from snowbound Wyoming and myself (& our 6 canine-cohorts) just returned from an adventurous pilgrimage on the Kansas and Colorado prairies.   We met up in Colorado last week and headed over to the Kansas grasslands to hunt wild birds before the predicted ice storms wreaked havoc on us.  We found some…

Ghosts & Ranchers 

A windsept shortgrass prairie full of cholla, prickly pear, soapweed yucca, blue grama and buffalo grasses, prairie sage wort and junipers were the settings for a great day of chasing scaled quail in the canyon lands of eastern Colorado.  Our first solo trip for the season.  A time to run my 6 month old coverdog…