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…

JOHN ADAMS: A GROUSE HUNTER?

I apologize the followers of Upland Ways for not posting on the blog lately. I have been engaged in starting up a law practice with a partner. Things have been hectic, but good. Lately, I’ve been reading some great books on U.S. Presidents including, John Adams, by David McCullough. I have been amazed at the…

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…

TWENTY THINGS EVERY BRUSH WORN SHOULD KNOW ABOUT OL’ RUFF

Author’s Note: This post is dedicated to the memory of George King, the author of That’s Ruff!, one of the finest books ever written on the pursuit of the ruffed grouse. George founded the newsletter “Grouse Cover” and the Ancient and Honorable Order of the Brush Worn Partridge Hunters, or “Brush Worns” for short, and…

THAT’S RUFF!: REFLECTIONS FROM GROUSE COUNTRY by GEORGE KING

Since I started bird hunting over fourteen years ago, I have naturally gravitated towards grouse—any kind of grouse. In Idaho we have five species, Ruffed, Dusky, Sharp-tailed, Sage, and Spruce grouse. I love every one of them.  I love everything about grouse: their environs, their beauty, their thunderous flushes, and the thrill of taking one on…