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…

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…

THE SONG OF HARVEST HOME

[Note from Author:  This article first appeared in the Ruffed Grouse Society Magazine in 2014 and is reprinted here with permission.  Happy Thanksgiving from Upland Ways!  We appreciate all of our loyal followers!] The rich ruffed grouse hunting tradition is deeply rooted in the Eastern United States and is spreading across the country into the…

GRAY LIGHTNING

“Huns sound fast.” –E. Donnall Thomas, Jr. On day one of our annual hunt, Saturday, October 1st, Shawn and I first hunted the Royal Macnab in the morning with great success.  Since it was Shawn’s birthday, we then went for tacos at a place called Taqueria La Costa in Chubbuck, Idaho.  I bought Shawn’s lunch…

AVERY

There are times life will rattle your bones and will bend your limbs You’re still far and away the boy you’ve ever been So you bend back and shake at the frame of the frame you made But don’t you shake alone Please Avery, come home. -The Decemberists, “Dear Avery” Our hunting adventures are so…

SURE ENOUGH

In bird hunting, there is no such thing as a sure thing.  There are no guarantees that you will find birds, and even if you do, sometimes you can’t hit them.  There’s just too many variables.  But every hunter has a few coverts with prime spots where the odds tip in the hunter’s favor. Since 2003, the Wayment…

Hinterland 

Back country remote picturesque sparsely populated lands…Idaho defined precisely. I just returned from my annual trek to southern Idaho where I get to hunt with my brother (and best friend) Andy and visit with my family.  I enjoyed spending time with my mother and seeing my nephews and nieces.  This year Andy and I were…

THE LOST PHONE

Every Fall Brother Shawn and I get together for a week to hunt upland birds in Idaho.  We live for this time together with our bird dogs. Last year was a spectacular one and we found birds every day and the dogs did wonderful. I take all of my hunting and fishing photos with an iPhone. …