The Master

People just don’t say things or write them the way they used to.  Not to dwell on nostalgia…but we live in the days of instant gratification…the days of go big or go home. I recently finished a great book on 1776 giving the first hand accounts of General George Washington‘s first year as the commander of…

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…

>A View From the Kansas Prairie

>The remaining days of the bird season are coming to an end. I’ve enjoyed following my bird dogs across the Kansas prairie and dream of setter feathers in the wind and the roaring whirr of a 50 birder erupting from the short grass…organized-chaotically escaping. It’s been a grand season. My dogs are thin and worn,…

>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…

>Coveys on the Prairie Wind

>The windswept Colorado prairie is home to many creatures great and small…antelope, mule deer, pat rats, jack rabbits and most importantly, scaled quail. Double gun, bamboo, and birddog affectionado Gary Thompson from Silk Lines & Paper Hulls and I set out to the eastern Colorado plains in search of the proclaimed elusive bird of the…

>The Royal MacNab

>There’s a place in southern Idaho that I spend all year day dreaming about…the Royal MacNab. My brother and I named this special covert after a famous Scottish story that Robert F. Jones modified in one of his great books. This incredible covert is home to Columbia sharp-tailed grouse, ruffed grouse and huns. We were…

>Upland Idaho or Richard Edward I

>I just returned home from one of the greatest hunting trips I’ve ever experienced…3,700 miles round trip to southern Idaho to hunt upland birds with my brothers (who are my dearest & closest friends). My bird dogs are lying motionless on the bed next to me…plum worn to the bone. They cover hundreds of miles…

Ramblings: By Michael Altizer

Re-printed with permission from Bernard & Associates from Sporting Classic’s Oct 2010 Issue. Enjoy! The Au Sable springs from Otsego and Roscommon and then consolidates itself near Grayling before venturing forth on its long ramble home to Lake Huron. Along its tangled edges the dark forest rises deep and verdant in random stands of popple…

>Grouse Pot Pie

>Grouse Pot Pie (adapted by Grouse Aficionado & Brittany Man Mark Kastler) Ingredients: 1 and ½ cups of sliced mushrooms (of your choice)1 cup of peppers mixed green and red1 chopped sweet onion1 clove of minced garlic1/3 cup of butter1/2 cup of all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon of paprika and pepper3 cups chicken broth 1/2…

>Grouse Vigilantes

>I just love chasing blue grouse in September here in colorful Colorado. The trick is discovering at what altitude the grouse are residing on the day you’re chasing them as they migrate to the higher elevations for winter. I found the coveys at 9,754 ft yesterday still in the wide-open sage and buck brush feeding…