Woodcock Splash – A Lesson in Game Bird Science

Walking in on a point is always an exciting experience, especially in an area where multiple upland game birds occur. It’s a bit of Christmas morning surprise with each flush. In the ruffed grouse and American woodcock range you might be tipped off on what species to expect...

California Quail – An Upland Game Bird Profile

The Easily Recognized Bird of the Valley The California quail (Callipepla californica) primarily occupies the West Coast, from British...

Himalayan Snowcock – An Upland Game Bird Profile

The Mysterious Mountain Bird from the Himalayas There aren’t many birds that can stand up to the rough conditions that high alpine...

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) – A Game Bird Profile

Hunting the Feathered Missile with a Sad Call Mourning doves are one of several dove species in North America, but are by far the most...

Greater Sage-Grouse – Upland Game Bird Profile

America’s Iconic and Largest Grouse Species (Centrocercus urophasianus) If you are from the western half of the country, you are no...

Woodcock Splash – A Lesson in Game Bird Science

Walking in on a point is always an exciting experience, especially in an area where multiple upland game birds occur. It’s a bit of Christmas morning surprise with each flush. In the ruffed grouse and American woodcock range...

California Quail – An Upland Game Bird Profile

The Easily Recognized Bird of the Valley The California quail (Callipepla californica) primarily occupies the West...

Himalayan Snowcock – An Upland Game Bird Profile

The Mysterious Mountain Bird from the Himalayas There aren’t many birds that can stand up to the rough conditions...

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) – A Game Bird Profile

Hunting the Feathered Missile with a Sad Call Mourning doves are one of several dove species in North America, but are...

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Hunting Valley Quail on Public Land – Practice Makes Perfect

A brief guide to hunting valley quail this bird season. On my public hunting grounds in central Washington, chasing valley quail (California quail) can be deeply satisfying and...

Traveling on the Road Long Term with a Bird Dog

Have you ever considered spending an entire bird season traveling the country? On September 1, 2017, Watson and I stood on the plains of Montana at sunrise about to start our...

The Etiquette of Hunting Over Someone Else’s Bird Dog

Think about these rules to get invited back to hunting over someone else’s bird dog. I will say it up front: I am far from being an expert on bird dogs. But if there is one...

My Bird Dog Pup Goes to the Big Leagues

Or, That Time I Drove 900 Miles for a Dog Test I popped an antacid into my mouth and tossed a second one to Joe. It was indecently early in southeast Idaho and our nerves were...

On Building Trust, Partnership and Teamwork with your Gun Dog. And The Look.

My single biggest goal as a hunter is to be good enough to deserve my gun dog. I say that lightly but also honestly. While a variety of activities and competing obligations pull...

A Season of Firsts: Setting Expectations for the First Bird Hunting Season

Taking the lessons from a first bird hunting season with a bird dog. The young pup looked at me quizzically and cocked her head to one side. I snapped her new orange vest into...