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…

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…

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…

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…

>Field Wound Management

> This past weekend I was out on the prairie in pursuit of birds with my bird dogs. We had 3 dogs get similar wounds from colliding with barbed-wire…the photos below are a representation of all 3 wounds…these are common field injuries that you’re likely to encounter while chasing your bird dogs. I’ve had several…

>God Made Birddogs Tuff…

>My quail-bum friend & I exchanged texts today that went something on the lines like this… birddogdoc: How many coveys did you move today? Quail-bum: No hunting today. Dogs are 3 legged and a lot of swelling and feet are sore. birddogdoc: Liar…I know you! So, how many coveys? Quail-bum: No really, hunted a pasture…

>The Latter Days…Now on to the Crazies!

>The season ends in both Colorado and Kansas tomorrow…it’s like losing a best friend! Here are a few more photos from my forays to bird country. It was a good year! I’ll be dreaming for September 2010…

>We’re Off to See the Wizard!

>I’m headed to Kansas with bird dogs in tote…16 to be exact! I leave you with some of my favorite photos from the past! I will report on the haps and mishaps from the uplands of Kansas when I return! Hope the weather warms up just a bit! Until then…

>Twenty-Four Coveys and the Final Hoorah!!

>Gary Ruppel and I headed to Kansas at 0’dark-thirty Thursday morning to chase birds in great quail country for the final weekend. It was great to say the least. We loaded his dog trailer with a mixture of 10 bird dogs from Labs to Pointers to setters to what he called a “novelty”…my FB English…

>ONCE MORE INTO THE THROWS…

>Author John Taylor and my son Dylan in Southern Kansas chasing Scaled Quail…John is doing field research for his up and coming new book “Autumn Prairie”When in Rome…I laugh every time I look at this photo…Casey had a great quail dog he’d run down the burrow ditch looking for coveys on a very busy 55…

>BIRDDOGGIN’ DAYS

>The girls and I have made many great memories this year chasing birds! I wanted to share something I experienced this weekend…the poorest form of sportsmanship I’ve ever witnessed! Mark Volk wrote a story about some guys from another hunting party walking in on someones dog on point and shooting the grouse when it flushed….