Pad Problem

Peat's right rear pad has been bugging him for a while now, and I thought I'd see if I could get a boot on it so we could look for birds today since hell hasn't frozen over yet. Leslie decided to video the experience (see below). Obviously, the boot was a no-go. I'm not sure …

I’ve Been Cast

Surprised this week by the good folks at Project Upland: they asked if I'd be willing to be interviewed for their podcast series. I was happy to oblige, and really enjoyed talking with the host Nick Larson. This was the second interview I've granted in my short life; the first was in 1978, when a …

Checking In

It's been a while since I posted, so I thought I'd check in and say that we're still hitting it hard. We've tried lots of new places this season, and revisited some old ones, with mixed results. Last week I hunted four days in a row for the first time ever. Angus had to sit …

Chukar Spaces

It's rare in life to be embraced warmly by the unexpected, or at least in my life it's been rare. Now that we're "old people," I think I'm more attuned to the expectation that things shouldn't change very dramatically, but this seems dramatic somehow. It's not so much that I'm thrilled my wife is hunting, …

It’s an Upland Thing

Some of you might have seen this already, but the good guys at Project Upland asked if I'd be willing to write something about chukar hunting for their website. If you're not familiar with them already, it's an impressive operation of ardent upland folks devoted to preserving and celebrating the whole enchilada of pursuing game …

Firsts

Opening day of bird season, always grouse, came and went. I had to wait until after school to head out, and even had to turn away a friend who'd stopped by for a beer unannounced (talk about tough decisions). The continued heat, and the lack of sleep and scores of sick students this first full …