Thursday, September 17, 2009

Fishing for Colors

Last week I was able to get out on the water with my father in law Jon who was in Colorado for a fishing trip. We set our sights on some Greenback Cutthroats. Wow what a fish! The colors, the way they hit the fly and how they fight. It was fun to get after them.

These pictures don't do these fish any justice. I guess you'll have to get after them to see it for real.
On a side note: Mia is feeling much better and I think we'll be chasing some birds before too long.
til next time......

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Injured Reserve

What a difference a couple of days make. A few days ago I was cleaning up from a very successful Labor Day Dusky Grouse hunt and making future plans to chase Duskies, Mountain Sharptails, Sage Grouse and Ptarmigan. Today, we took Mia to the Vet to look at her front right leg/shoulder that she was favoring. The diagnosis is a season ending shoulder injury that is similar to a torn rotator cuff. I'm crushed to say the least. Mia is my work horse and now she down and out for a few months. I won't rush her back but I'm now without a trained gun dog. Abby is still in the steadying process so I will now refocus my resources toward her so we can finish steadying her before the pheasant season in November. This is one tough pill to swallow because I had so many high hopes for this upland hunting season. I wanted to really get out and explore all the upland possibilities in Colorado. The Dusky Grouse season was already being called epic and I was going to have some time to chase some other species. Now it's all about getting Abby ready and making sure Mia heals up properly.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Tradition

For the past three years, we have spent the Labor Day weekend with my sister and her family camping and hunting in Central Colorado. If you remember from previous posts that this is just an excuse to hunt Dusky Grouse. This year, we invited fellow friends and ESS enthusiasts Adis and Aida to join us on this trip. After packing up Saturday morning, we headed out to a general area that holds such names as: The Crossroads, Springer Ridge, The Shootout Draw, Grouse Camp,****Tree, ***** Creek, ********Rd and The Knob. After setting up camp we quickly learned that the birds were the reason we drove 2 1/2 hours as my BIL Pete came into camp with a grouse that flushed out as he took a ride on the ATV. As he went to flush the grouse 7 others flushed from the trail side cover. We then quickly assembled our gear and hit our favorite coverts in search of grouse.

After a steep climb Adis took his first Dusky Grouse that tried to sneak out the back door on us.

As we finished up the days hunt we counted 6 grouse in hand.
The sun going down the first day and we hope the second will be good as the first.
Dinner time.............

Down the road to the next hunt.

After meeting up with another friend, the four of us headed out to see if our luck would hold up.
Well it did, time after time that morning. Along the way to our first covert, we saw grouse traveling near and on the trails while on their way to their feeding grounds. The birds were spread out just enough for us to catch our breath after each flush.

Scott with his puppy, Elsie's, first grouse.


A brace of grouse to finish a great day in the uplands.

One tired springer!
On Sunday, we only hunted half a day but had a whole season of action. Good dog work, good shooting and a great day. In all, the four of us took 19 grouse in less than two days of hunting. It was a trip to remember as we saw a puppy jump into action and a hunter take his first grouse.
til next time...........

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

What We All Have Been Waiting For

Opening day of the 2009 Dusky Grouse season came and went. It went well, very well. A few pictures that will help tell the story.


Cool down!!




It was great chasing birds in the Rockies. Four hunters ended up taking ten birds in a hard days work. My buddy Adam took his first grouse and limit in the first day! Were back at today so we'll see what the weekend has in store for us!

til next time.........