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…

Season’s End

The season is winding down…tomorrow is the last day for me and the bird dogs to go out and chase birds. Birds of course being quail. We have had a great season and have piles of memories to hold us over the next seven months til it’s time to be back in the grouse woods….

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…

>A Tale of Two Temperatures

>My brother Andy (the poet) and I spent the last weekend of the bird season on the Kansas prairie in the company of bobwhite quail. The weather was great…great…great, if you want to hit 18 holes. It was too warm for bird dogs in pursuit of our favorite game bird (or at least mine). We…

>Making of a Bird Dog

>Quail are the perfect bird to make a bird dog. I’ve seen several dogs have their lights flip and shine brightly while in pursuit of these delectable birds. I’ve also witnessed some season veterans go berserk. My first pointer, Jibbers, lost her mind once on a thousand bird covey of valley quail on the Snake…

>Bird Dog on a Hill…

>Today, being Christmas and all, I have a confession to make. I’m plum nuts about a 6 ounce hand full of feathers…not just any bird, but one that holds nice for pointin’ dogs and can explode and be gone in a mere blink of an eye. Leaving one standing with smokin’ barrels and nothing to…

>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…

>Kansas Coveys on the Course

>Here are some photos from a recent Kansas trip. Golf courses make for great bird habitat! The dogs had a great time, and we found some pretty decent coveys this late in the season. This time of year, we spend more time counting birds then shooting at them. The 2009-2010 is winding down out here…I’m…

>Pointin’ Dogs & Frozen Prairie

>Howling-windswept-minus-10-degrees-Kansas-prairie is where I just returned from. You know even if it’s miserable and bird-less and you have bird dogs, you’re gonna go! I adore Kansas and the prairie life. A few of my very favorite things are meeting the locals in town and sampling the gourmet dinning…breakfast is my favorite! January birds are combat…

>Chasing Birds with Sterling Part the Second

>Sterling and I made a whirl-wind trip to Kansas Wednesday night to chase quail for the day…what a day we had. We moved 9 coveys in 8 hours of hunting…we kept joking that the stars we aligned right for us! Here are a few photos from our day! Gretchen backing Gep!!! Sterling and BJ the…