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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

Final Days on the Prairies with Gundogs

Matt Lucia (Mark Kastler joined us on one of those special days) and I spent three glorious final days on the prairies in pursuit of birds. Havilah Babcock’s prose of not wanting to travel to the Dark Continent to kill elephants has rang true to me this season…Colorado has a good population of my favorite…

Current Field Dog Vaccination Guidelines

Here’s my latest contribution to Strideaway.com on the 2011 AAHA Vaccination Committee’s Guidelines.    Next Strideaway topics on canine medicine will include 10 top useful tips and understanding canine pyometra disease. Setter Feathers…