PRAYERS FOR RAIN

“He sendeth rain on the just and the unjust.” Matthew 5: 45. Let’s get something straight from the outset: My pup’s name is Rainey with an “E” not just a “Y” like the weather. Admittedly, my first two Brittanys were Sunny (Upland Autumn Sunshine) and Misty (Misty Morning Sunrise) after certain aspects of the weather,…

Colorado Mountain Merriam’s Turkeys 

One of my favorite outdoor pursuits is chasing turkeys in the high country during their spring breeding season. Merriam’s are Colorado natives and they inhabit some beautiful country…country that also has my greenbacks, another Coloradoan.  It’s taken me 12 years of trial and error (& being schooled) but I now know where they’ll be during…

RAINEY CREEK RUFF

As a follow up to my last post, I wanted to give you an update on my search for a puppy.   I decided early on that I wanted to get another Epagneul Breton (French Brittany), which was Sunny Girl’s breed.  In short, I want a dog that hunts like a demon in the field and acts like an…

DREAMIN’ ABOUT BIRD DOGS

It has been a while since I last posted. One of the major reasons is the tragic passing of Misty on March 18, 2017.   Throughout her whole life, Misty was an escape artist who loved to get out of the house and run wild.  I feared this deviant tendency might catch up with her.  Since the pain…

Canine Hip Dysplasia and PennHip 

Ron Boehme, the host of the awesome Hunting Dog Podcast, asked if I ‘d contribute some veterinary specific advice to his Blog on the Hunting Dog Podcast…which I gladly accepted the challenge.  Here’s the link to my latest contribution http://thehuntingdogpodcast.com/2017/04/canine-hip-dysplasia-and-pennhip/. Spring turkeys here we come!   The caddis are hatching on the Ark as well. Setter…

Clays & Birds Podcast Interview 

Andrew Schatz from Clays & Birds recently (and graciously) interviewed me for his rapidly growing podcast this past week.  Check out Andrew’s podcasts directly at his website and they can also be found on iTunes.   The link is below. birddogdoc’s Interview

Muggins by Havilah Babcock on Sporting Classics Daily

Havilah Babcock’s Muggins “First published in the September 1937 issue of Field & Stream under the title “Old Muggins” and subsequently in The Best of Babcock (1974), this wonderful story now appears in The Greatest Quail Hunting Book Ever, new from Sporting Classics.” Sporting Classics Daily posted recently a chapter out of their Greatest Quail Hunting Book…

TELL YOUR CONGRESSMAN TO VOTE NO ON H.R. 622

“Common sense will nearly always stand you in better stead than a slavish adherence to the conventions.” ~M.M. Kaye, Shadow of the Moon It was so awesome to see sportsmen come together to defeat H.R. 621, but the fight to protect our public lands is far from over. Another pending bill, H.R. 622, would remove…

PROTECT OUR PUBLIC LANDS!

“This land was made for you and me.” ~Woody Guthrie “Land is a man’s very own soul.” ~quote from the movie, “Far and Away” We don’t typically post political content on Upland Ways, but on this issue we will make an exception.  There is currently a push in Washington D.C. to start selling off and/or…

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…