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…

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Every bird hunter dreams of the perfect trifecta: A dog that regularly finds, points, and retrieves his birds, a shotgun that shoots where you look, and a hunter that makes good on the shot at the chaotic flush. Unfortunately, as every gunner knows, it doesn’t always work this way. Sometimes it takes time for all…

GROUSIN’ AROUND

Well, the grouse hunting season is in full swing for me here in Idaho and I am loving life (except when work gets in the way of my grouse hunting!). I’ve been busy writing and wanted to share a few things with the followers of the blog.  My friend Giuseppi Papandrea has a great grouse hunting blog…

MEGA GROUSE OF THE SEAS OF SAGE

I love to hunt grouse, any kind of grouse.  For a grouse hunter such as myself, Idaho is a great state to live in with five different species namely: Ruffed Grouse, Dusky (Blue) Grouse, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Franklin Grouse, and last, but certainly not least, the Sage Grouse. Although they sometimes overlap, each grouse has its own little niche…

A MATTER OF LIFE OR DEATH

For those who hunt, they understand that hunting is a matter of life or death for the quarry we pursue. However, the hunter is rarely on the receiving end of a life-threatening risk. On Monday, September 1, 2014, Labor Day, I experienced a hunt where my life was truly endangered. I hunted alone that morning…

SMOKE ON THE WIND by DOUG DEATS

I recently read my friend, Doug Deats’ book, Smoke on the Wind: Short Stories and Essays, on a cold, Saturday in February.  With the hunting season over and the fishing season not quite in full swing in Idaho, this book was a great way to spend a day and to feel that special connection to my beloved outdoors. For those of you…

THE GARAGE BAND

The classic scene in upland bird hunting has to be the dog quartering perfectly before the gunner with the bell around its neck tinkling as the dog works the cover.  Bright light pierces through the forest canopy like the lights of a stage.  As the dog hits the invisible thread of scent, her whole body…

UPLAND HUNTING ALASKA BY JIM MCCANN

The first time I heard of Jim McCann, I was watching an episode of American Gun Dog with Harley Jackson who was hunting for late season ptarmigan with Jim McCann in interior Alaska.  Harley described Jim as a “real Renaissance Man.”  I thoroughly enjoyed this episode and was impressed with Jim’s Brittanies and the country…

WHO IS THE BEST WRITER ON GROUSE HUNTING?

In October, Shawn and I had the opportunity to spend a week bird hunting in the uplands of Idaho with author, Tom Davis.    If you don’t know, Tom Davis, is one of the finest writers on upland bird hunting now living.  He regularly writes for The Pointing Dog Journal, Pheasants Forever, Sporting Classics and…

DOUBLE FLUSHER IN THE OUTHOUSE

I have been hunting with my good friend, Jim Parry, a number of times over the past three hunting seasons. However, we never seem to get into many birds when Jim is around and the ones we have found have presented only tough shots. I have joked with Jim that he is the “K.O.D. (“Kiss…