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…

Hinterland 

Back country remote picturesque sparsely populated lands…Idaho defined precisely. I just returned from my annual trek to southern Idaho where I get to hunt with my brother (and best friend) Andy and visit with my family.  I enjoyed spending time with my mother and seeing my nephews and nieces.  This year Andy and I were…

Finale…The Land Of Enchantment 

   The final trip of the year I found myself in the land of the enchantment with Matt Lucia and Dave Kruger chasing scaled quail on some of the most gorgeous short grass prairie I’ve strolled upon chasing bird dogs.       Matt and I met Dave in southern New Mexico to finish the…

Birds and Dogs and Good Country

  What a bird season we experienced here in Colorado and surrounding states…been a long time coming with 10 years of thirst throughout our bird country.  The final weekend in Kansas was surreal.  A quick recap of last weekend…it was kicked off with a speeding ticket in the thriving metropolis of Springfield, Colorado for going…

Cover Dogs: Makings of Great Quail Dogs

Grouse River Gretchen was 4 months old when she arrived to DIA from Pinkney MI.  My first impression was “Where’s the other half of my dog?”.   At 16 weeks she was scrawny…smallest setter puppy I’d ever seen.  She was a juvenile hellion on wheels around the house.  Several times I recall her jumping the…

Scaled Quail Photo Essay

Anyone that follows the Upland Ways knows of my affection for chasing scaled quail on the prairies specially in my home state of Colorado. The birds are here and with a little bit of effort, research and good bird dogs the birds can be found in decent numbers…at least enough to keep a couple guys…

Colorado Grouse’n

Odd year!  Dusky grouse season (generically known as blue grouse and still affectionately called so by me) began a week ago here in the Colorado high country.  The cover looks spectacular and there are berries & bugs galore….but where are the birds?  Higher or lower in elevation or were the spring rains to great for…

A SHOTGUN, A BIRD DOG AND A FLY ROD

In New England Grouse Shooting, William Harnden Foster gave us the following unforgettable gem: “There is an old New England saying to the effect that if you give a man a shotgun, a bird dog and a violin, he won’t amount to a damn.” I’ve often chuckled about this. But then I’ve also come to realize…

ImageSetters

Spent the past weekend with a great guy on the Colorado prairie…chasing scaled quail (the birds of my heart) and enjoying the upland life…grateful for what God has created & point’n dogs. Scott Johnson (formally of frozen Minnesota) is a ruffed grouse and woodcock aficionado. He and his family uprooted and transplanted to Paonia Colorado…

Tradition

Cool country, wonderful birds, tough dogs, soulful men… These are the enlightened words of a fellow pointing dog (foremost), scaled quail, & Spanish smooth-bore aficionado who I spent the day with this past Saturday. Sinewy Dave Kruger, MD and his leathery brother Kraig (both sadly plagued with Chukar-Hunter’s Disease) met up with me at 0’dark-30….