White-tailed Ptarmigan Hunting Colorado Style

It’s been a glorious fall so far here in colorful Colorado.  We’ve been several times into the grouse woods this September in search of blues and mountain sharptails…we’re seeing birds and getting good dog work but I have yet to fire a shell.  My dogs have had some great points and my FB English cocker…

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…

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…

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….

Samples

Bird dogs are in my blood. The Colorado prairie, though, has gotten under my skin. The loneliness and endless sea of sand-sage, yucca, saltbush, prickly-pear, and cholla…called home to very few…mangy coyotes, desert tortoises, and horned-larks but also my beloved quail. The incessant wind calms in the eve as the shadows grow longer and the…

Cockers & Chukars

This morning I was sitting in my favorite diner on the Arkansas waiting for my heart attack breakfast and hoping for some streamer action on such a glorious Sunday December morning. I started day dreaming of my little black devil dog and how much fun I had following her around in the uplands of Idaho….

M.W. Reynolds Traditional Country Sports

Mark has an exclusive line of Spanish AYA’s ( Bournbrook) imported directly to his store from northern Basque Country…El Pais Vasco…made to Mark’s specifications and his choice of gorgeous woods.  This is probably the best valued Spanish gun in the US…all hand made…at least in my humble opinion. M.W. Reynolds has a welcoming atmosphere where his…

The Start of the Crazies

Perfect Colorado weather for a last jaunt across the short grass prairie in search of scaled quail. Bitter-sweetness…the company was grand and the dogs grander! Plans are drawn and dog purchases are being made for the coming fall! I can hardly wait! Idaho for 2 weeks for certain! Pray for the perfect weather conditions and…

Colorado Bliss

Choked-bored dogs on cholla-choked grasslands. Gentle breeze from the northeast across the prairie. Day spent alone with bird dogs…point’n coveys of prairie nomads.  Birds go’n helter-skelter! Pure Colorado Bliss Setter Feathers…

Scaled Quail in a Gale

Today was the opening of Colorado’s quail and pheasant season.  It was a beautiful day on the eastern prairies…minus the 50 mph wind.  The dogs performed near flawless…Gary’s Lilly had a great find which was her first point on wild birds.  The prairies are dry and it was very evident today…the southeast is parched.  …