Friday, December 25, 2009


Yeah, I just took the next step in the evolution of being a true upland dork.Vanity license plates. I admit to being an upland dork...that's the first step.

til next time....

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

New Domain Name

To those that follow my blog (all 3 of you!) please take note that I changed my domain name from flushingspaniels.blogspot to . (google will automatically direct you to the correct site)

Why the change? Why not. Well to be honest I really never intended to create a blog in the first place so my domain name and title never matched. So as this blog grows I will grow as well!

If I follow your blog and you don't see your site on the blog roll please leave a note on the comment section. After I made the change I realized you can't transfer everything over.

Through this blog I have been able to communicate my passion of the uplands to those that are like minded. I have been able to tell a story that hopefully someone out there will enjoy. I also have been lucky to meet some very nice people along the way. Some of those I have even enjoyed the opportunity of sharing a hunt or two with.

I hope you have enjoyed this journey as much as I have.

Merry Christmas!!

til next time.....

Saturday, December 19, 2009


It seemed like forever but I was finally able to make it out for a quick pheasant hunt this past week. My BIL Pete and I were able to take my Dad out on a excursion to bag some Eastern Colorado pheasants. I was thinking that this must have been his first time in 20 or so years that he was able to chase some wild birds. So we set out to have a good hunt and we did just that. The weather was almost too nice but we hunted hard and we did manage to scratch down a few birds. Mia hunted hard as usual and I was able to get some much needed training in with Abby.

Next up is a two day trip to Kansas at the end of the month. Can't wait.
til next time.....

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Too Cold

So tomorrow I finally have a day off and I won't be heading out east to chase some birds. Because it's too dam cold! For Christ sakes....I'm from Buffalo. Yeah it's that cold. The forecasts are calling for
-23 wind chill.

So tonight I'm curled up to a pleasant surprise: Frambozen by New Belgium Brewing
and a good book: Grouse Hunter's Guide by Dennis Walrod. From what I've heard it's a must read for any ruffed grouse hunter. Since it's been a few years since I've chased some ruffs it will bring back some great memories.

Too memories and a good brew.

til next time.....

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Back to Reality

Last week Nichole and I went back to Buffalo, NY to visit my family for the Thanksgiving Holiday. I had some time put aside to get in some deer hunting with some friends and family. I was able to get out for 3 hunts. The weather was unseasonably warm for that time of year and it seems the deer were just not moving. So in order to move deer we moved them, our family sits for the first part of the morning and then we go on foot to move the deer. Deer drives are always time honored tradition in our neck of the woods. For us they are successful for others maybe not but at least you keep warm and you see deer.


We were able to get some shots off but unfortunately none of the shots hit their mark. Not for me nor my brother-in-law. We hunted hard to show my nephew Ben that deer hunting with family was as fun as we have always told him it was. He hunted as hard as anyone and hoped as hard as anyone for one of to take a deer. But like we told him..."it's called hunting and not shooting". He'll be toting a firearm be for too long but his enthusiasm for the hunt is high as ever.
Pete and Ben

When I wasn't hunting I was enjoying some time with my family. This was the first time in 12 yrs that the 5 of us have been together for Thanksgiving or Christmas. It was a great time and we shared a ton of laughs...mostly at each others expense.

"The Whole Dam Family"

Well it's back to reality as I am geared up to work the next three weeks. It's our busy season at work so I hope I can make it out at least once for some pheasants before Christmas.

til next time......