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…

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…

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…

Scaled Quail Photo Essay

Anyone that follows the Upland Ways knows of my affection for chasing scaled quail on the prairies specially in my home state of Colorado. The birds are here and with a little bit of effort, research and good bird dogs the birds can be found in decent numbers…at least enough to keep a couple guys…

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…

Final Days on the Prairies with Gundogs

Matt Lucia (Mark Kastler joined us on one of those special days) and I spent three glorious final days on the prairies in pursuit of birds. Havilah Babcock’s prose of not wanting to travel to the Dark Continent to kill elephants has rang true to me this season…Colorado has a good population of my favorite…

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…

Over the Rivers and Out on the Prairies: A Pictorial Saga

As I sit here contemplating the holidays and the gunning season upon us, I can’t help but be thankful for the family and friends I have. I spent last weekend with Gary Thompson from Silk Lines & Paper Hulls blog near the Big Horns pursuing sharp-tailed grouse and huns in phenomenal country. Gary recently added…

The Yardstick

Photo: birddogdoc The prairie is lonely, an environment thunderous with silence where only a strident high-pitched scream of wind keeps you company.  On this day, I come to test my skill, to confront the elements and measure my conviction to find a needle in a haystack.  Can a man find a quail on the prairie…