Technology these days is pretty darn impressive. There are apps for dang near every gadget out there. GPS maps help bird hunters discover new coverts while we sit at our work computers. I can look up advances in veterinary medicine in milliseconds instead of pulling a book off the shelf. Last month in Wyoming we knew where state land was available in between all the private posted property. Today I'm posting this from my iPad (maiden voyage) via an app called Blogsy….it's got all kinds of cool gadgets for blogging.
Below are of images of setters in the field. The first 3 are of Tina which were generously provided to me by one of my very favorite bird dog writers Tom Davis.
Next week I'm off to Idaho again…look forward to chasing my bird dogs again and visiting with family.
Gary Thompson from Silk Lines and Paper Hulls invited me last weekend to come to Sheridan, Wyoming to chase sharp-tailed grouse and huns. I was scheduled to meet Dale Herden from Lo Banks in north-central Kansas, but my friend Sterling called and said it was pretty pathetic…in fact, he never fired a shot opening weekend hunting on private property. I left Denver traffic and eased into windy Wyoming late Thursday evening not sure what to expect. Anyone that’s driven down the I-80 Wyoming corridor would consider Wyoming a desolate waste of space…space for antelope and sage chickens and wind turbines. North Central Wyoming is awesome! The Big Horns are spectacular…and there’s plenty of wild life to gawk over. Gary and I saw some incredible bucks (antelope, mule deer and white-tailed) while wandering chokecherry draws and climbing rocking slopes. What an incredible experience…we covered 15 to 16 miles on foot per day while the bird dogs did 4 times that. Gary used an Garmin Astro 220 on his dogs…now I understand its value in the field. Below are some images from my Wyoming trip.
Here’s Gary in search of wild birds
The Big Horns in the background
Grouse River Gretchen on a hun covey
Gary with a ST grouse
Gary with a hun
Ellie my FB English Cocker retrieving a hun
AYA and hun
Idaho was awesome this year! Hope you enjoy my photos…
Upland Idaho 2012
Enjoy the season! Setter Feathers…
The Society for Theriogenology just recently released their opinion on early spaying and neutering of our dogs…of course that means bird dogs! Here’s their opinion and it’s worth a reading!
Have a great Fall and be safe!
Check out Upland Ways for my blue grouse hunting in Colorado’s awesome grouse country.
Grouse River Gretchen on Colorado Blue Grouse
My brother Andy and I decided to start a new blog together and concentrate on the uplands and streams of the American West…we’re excited to collaborate together, and we hope in return our readers will have a greater appreciation of the uplands here in the West. We’re not advocating that people (become Nimrods) take up the rod and gun and move West with bird dogs a tote. We hope you enjoy our adventures and tall-tales! I will continue to post in Setter Feathers from time to time…but Andy and I will focus on our new endeavor Upland Ways. Andy’s first post THE COWBOY AND THE HIPPIE GO HUNTING is now online for your enjoyment! Have a great Fall season!
My absence the past few months can be explained…I’ve been crazy about a river. Not just any river, but the Arkansas River near my Sangre de Cristo mountains of southern Colorado. Most fisherman know of the Arkansas for it prolific Mother’s Day caddis hatch, but come run off time she goes largely ignored except for the thousands of thrill-seeking-wet-suited rafters. I’ve spent many hours this summer wandering and pondering the banks of the Arkansas. When not on my river, I’ve been living the new American dream…more hours at work for less money in my pocket. I’m Hope’n for change to come this November 2012! This blog is not and never will be a political one, there’s plenty of them out there. I place my politics with the constitution and in particular the Second Amendment…our constitutional right to take up arms to protect our families and property, etc.
Blue grouse season is upon us this Labor Day weekend. I’m heading to the uplands where the sage and aspen edges meet. Plan to work the dogs and fish the mighty Colorado River in the evenings…after the dogs are completely worn out from doing what they were bred to do. We’ve been out on a few scouting sorties and seen grouse. The broods are lower this summer than I can remember from years past. I’m grateful to have made it to another birddog/gunning season! There’ll be plenty of posts here at Setter Feathers & Groused Tales from here on out…promise!
One of the things I took up this summer (and wish I had done years before) is fly tying…it adds a whole new dimension to my fishing! For the past 3 months I’ve only fished with the flies I’ve tied…had great success and some failures too. One of my favorite hatches on the Arkansas is the yellow sally stoneflies (Isoperla mormona aka little mormon girls). I saw a fly used on the rivers in Oregon and Washington called a Chubby Sally…so, I came up with my own version…hence the title above: Chubby Mormon Girl. Below are some photos of my rendition of the Chubby Sally of which I added a ginger hackle on the thorax. The browns on the Arkansas River go crazy for it during the evening magic hours.
See ya in the uplands or out on the prairies…