MISTY’S GROUSE

MISTY’S GROUSE “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ― Albert Einstein Have you ever had a moment while out fly fishing or bird hunting that you wish you would have captured in a photograph? Maybe…

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…

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? …

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…

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…

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…

Colorado Blue Grouse

The Colorado dusky grouse season opened on Labor Day this year…getting out of the I-70 parking lot is an absolute nightmare as there are hordes and hordes of people in mass exodus from the mountains. I decided not to brave the crowds and waited until the following Thursday to chase grouse with the birddogs. I…

Pointing Dogs & Little Olives

Autumn was made for pointing dogs chasing birds of various kinds around the West for us Wayment boys. (Andy with his Crazy Misty) Of course there’s October baseball…but since the Rockies and the Indians are through…we day dream for the short-lived moments when we can be afield with smoothbores and bird dogs taking in the…

IDAHO’S FAB FOUR

IDAHO’ S FAB FOUR Idaho truly is one of the best kept secrets in upland bird hunting.  Idaho is home to a variety of upland game birds.  We have five species of grouse: Sage, ruffed, dusky (blue), spruce, and sharp-tailed.  In addition, we have valley quail, Hungarian partridge, chukar partridge, and pheasants.  With this variety,…

DUSTY’S NUB

On the backside of my favorite blue grouse covert that I christened, “Grouseketeer Ridge,” is an open hill above the timberline where blue grouse are often found in the sagebrush and berry bushes hunting grasshoppers, ants, and other insects.  It is consistently a great place to find birds. I call this particular part of the…