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…

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…

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…

Scaled Quail Country—Happy Holidays

Here’s some of my favorite photos from scaled quail country that I’ve collected over the years.  Merry Christmas to all my family and friends out there in blogger land. See ya on the prairie! Setter Feathers…

Gadabout

Gadabout is a person that travels for personal pleasure…which is what I’ve been fortunate enough to be doing the past 10 days in southern Idaho in search of birds with dogs! Below are a few preview photos from Idaho….much more to follow when I return to Colorado next week. Setter Feathers…

BLM Nomads

I have an extreme dislike for politicians. Unfortunately…One of my favorite grouse species is the most political bird in North America. The Greater Sage Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) or the spiny-tailed pheasant as Lewis and Clark described them in 1806 once inhabited 16 Western states and 3 Canadian providences.   Their historic distribution has decreased significantly over the…

Grouse Camp

Glorious September has commenced…days of anticipation are over and the gunning season is upon us.  The aspen hues of green will soon change to gold…but as the poet penned nothing gold can stay.  Nothing gold can stay, so get your bird dogs and take them into the grouse woods of Colorado or wherever for that matter. September…

>Glorious September First

>Just got back from Colorado blue grouse country. Glorious day. More details to follow… Setter Feathers…

>The Quiet Dog!

>Lil’ Ms Ellie desperately needed her teeth cleaned…so today was the day! This is the quietest we’ll ever see this little gun dog! She’s quickly becoming one of my best friends and companions! Who’d a thunk?