BIRDS OF THE VOID

Idaho is home to six native species of upland game birds, ruffed grouse, blue grouse, sage grouse, sharp-tailed grouse, Franklin grouse, and mountain quail.  Idaho’s forest grouse are holding their own and provide unlimited opportunities for those willing to burn the boot rubber to find them.  There is no longer a season for mountain quail…

FUSILLADE AT THE WINDY MILLS: DAY FOUR IN THE IDAHO UPLANDS

Fu·sil·lade [ˈfyo͞osəˌläd, ˈfyo͞osəˌlād] NOUN a series of shots fired or missiles thrown all at the same time or in quick succession: “Marchers had to dodge a fusillade of missiles” · Tuesday night was chilly and Wednesday morning dawned bright and sunny.  The conditions made for a stiff wind all day long.  By Wednesday, I was…

SURE ENOUGH

In bird hunting, there is no such thing as a sure thing.  There are no guarantees that you will find birds, and even if you do, sometimes you can’t hit them.  There’s just too many variables.  But every hunter has a few coverts with prime spots where the odds tip in the hunter’s favor. Since 2003, the Wayment…

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…

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…

Idaho Chukar Foundation, INC

History of Idaho Chukar Foundation, Inc. By: Drew Wahlin, President & Professional Chukar Hunter idahochukarfoundation@hotmail.com Facebook: idahochukarfoundation Meridian, ID Fall 2013   Founder Drew Wahlin researched starting an Idaho Chukar Foundation for over 5 years. Currently Idaho has the best chukar/hun hunting/populations in the world! The driving force for his conviction to conserve/preserve/sustain Idaho’s upland…

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…

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….

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,…

TOMMY’S COVEY

TOMMY’S COVEY Every October, Brother Shawn and I get together for a week of hunting in the Idaho uplands.  To say we look forward to this every year is an understatement; we live for it!  We have less than two weeks before the Holy Jihaud on the Gallinations begins this year.  In contemplation of this…