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…

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…

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…

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…

Chukar Hunters On-Line

CHUKAR HUNTERS ARE DIFFERENT, so different from our other game birds that they are developing their own cult of hunters— Charley F. Waterman Hunting Upland Birds I’m waiting patiently for gobbling turkeys and caddis flies here in Colorado as the snows continue to fall on my Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  Six inches this morning matter…

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…

Rookie Mistakes

Glenn and I went to Kansas last weekend to see first hand the hype of how bad the quail season really is in central Kansas…the heart of  gentleman country.  While loading my dog box into the bed of Glenn’s nice Ford pickup, I left my tattered ol’ Sharp-tail boots at the side of the Tacoma…rookie…