OnX Maps Blog Post

I recently wrote a blog post for OnX Hunt Maps on bird dog emergency field care. The piece can be found here OnX Hunt Maps Blog. The OnX Hunt Maps App is the most useful application that I have on my phone when it comes to chasing my bird dogs. I use their app daily…it’s…

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…

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…

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…

Borrowed Dogs

I’ve been known to borrow some dogs. The first offense was in October 2011. Gary Thompson was steelhead’n on the Grande Ronde River in eastern Washington and the plan was to meet up with Andy and I in western Idaho for a few glorious days of bird hunting on his way back to Colorado. I…

Images From Grouse Camp

Spent four glorious days in northern Colorado this past weekend chasing grouse with bird dogs. Bret…my partner in cahoots…traveled from McPherson Kansas with four setters and the fixings for a mystical weekend in God’s grouse country. Grouse we did find…including Bret’s first sage grouse and my first Colorado mountain sharptailed grouse. Here are some images…

Ramblings: By Michael Altizer

Re-printed with permission from Bernard & Associates from Sporting Classic’s Oct 2010 Issue. Enjoy! The Au Sable springs from Otsego and Roscommon and then consolidates itself near Grayling before venturing forth on its long ramble home to Lake Huron. Along its tangled edges the dark forest rises deep and verdant in random stands of popple…

SUMMER LOVIN’

I took today off from work so I wanted to make the most of it. For starters, I took my two bird dogs out for a hike this morning. We went to one of my favorite coverts, the Royal MacNab, where we hunt sharptails and ruffed grouse in the fall. Unfortunately, we did not see…

September in Custer County Colorado

I spent today in Greenback cutthroat and blue grouse country in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains outside of Westcliffe, Colorado. It was a glorious day! The dogs and I found some blue grouse, but I messed it up when I was trying to get a photo of my Elhew pointer on point…the grouse blew out,…