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 …

Drones

With the increasing availability of unmanned aerial craft equipped with cameras, the possibilities for improving the documentation of outdoor activities has radically increased. In Idaho, a recent statute prohibits using drones to assist in hunting, including birds: It is unlawful to "Make use of aircraft, including any unmanned aircraft system, in any manner to spot …

Tooth and Claw

We've spent a bunch of evenings this summer eating dinner outside near our woodshed, which has a bird house on its west-facing wall that I put up a couple years ago. Its first ever residents are a dutiful tree swallow pair who moved in this spring, and we've enjoyed watching them go in and out …