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Seep Lakes Rainbows

The warm rays of the early March sun cast across my shoulders, combating the fifty-something degree water that encapsulated my lower body. The drag on my five-weight fly reel zinged against the heavy pressure of a desert rainbow making haste for the opposite end of the small lake. Among the shoreline reeds, red-winged blackbirds cackled … Read more Seep Lakes Rainbows

Modest Land Mule Deer

Published in the Backcountry Journal, Fall 2021 Edition “The meager acreage is nothing special, absurdly steep and completely land-locked, save for a river crossing. Scarcely worth the effort for a half-day hunt among the larger state and federal tracts with easier access in the region… This superlative morning of my 30 years pursuing deer, we … Read more Modest Land Mule Deer

Upland Pursuits – Dove Decoys Enhance the Hunt

Published in the East Oregonian, August 18th 2021 My decoy spread, offset slightly to my left, lit up like little gray beacons as the morning sun cast its golden glow. A light breeze kicked up, spurred by the sunrays piercing the cool air of early fall. Aside from the emerald foliage of the occasional tree, … Read more Upland Pursuits – Dove Decoys Enhance the Hunt

Upland Pursuits – The Caddis Revolution

Published in the East Oregonian, July 16th 2021 If you’re a fly-fisherman, think back on your first trout on the fly. Can you remember it? Turns out I cannot, but I do recall my teenage years spent trying to crack the code on mountain brook trout in Appalachia. While my casting skill left much to … Read more Upland Pursuits – The Caddis Revolution

The Phenological Calendar of Kokanee

The Phenological Calendar of Kokanee – Harvesting Nature Whether you realize it or not, most outdoor enthusiasts are phenological scientists. You may never have published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal or even considered proper phenology as practical in everyday life. Maybe you’ve never even heard of phenology. But if you appreciate the outdoors or even … Read more The Phenological Calendar of Kokanee

Upland Pursuits: A Brief History of the H&R Topper Model 158

You recognize the name, but shrug with indifference at its mention. In mint condition, their shotguns compare not to the finer side-by-sides of the past. They sell for pennies on the dollar relative to the spendy, yet (occasionally) affordable names like Fox and L.C. Smith, and may as well be a door prize for simply … Read more Upland Pursuits: A Brief History of the H&R Topper Model 158

Restoring an Heirloom

I don’t know when dad purchased the gun or from whom or where, but one of its few outings captured on film was in 1977. My brother was a toddler and dad had hunted a gray squirrel on his parent’s farm in what used to be the middle-of-nowhere Appalachia. The Herrington and Richardson Topper Model … Read more Restoring an Heirloom

Status and Conservation of Oregon’s Mountain Quail

“…the covey scurried across the trail ahead and levitated above the sage, sailing elegantly into the safety of a nearby snarl. Mountain quail. “Read more Status and Conservation of Oregon’s Mountain Quail

Upland Pursuits: No Shortage of Good Days

“Any day catching wild trout on the fly is a good day” I said to my buddy Jim as we traversed a bedrock cascade on one of our favorite mountain trout streams. It had been a couple years since I visited my Virginia home town, so we capitalized on my impromptu June arrival to carry … Read more Upland Pursuits: No Shortage of Good Days

Tenkara Angling for Mountain Trout

The sun sets early in the deep canyons of Kelly Creek in the Idaho wilderness; the opulent evening glow casting an amber hue upon considerable granite outcrops and emerald pools below. Rugged ridges and peaks reach skyward looming over the river, defying its brazen attempts to break free of their control. Diminutive yellow stoneflies flitter … Read more Tenkara Angling for Mountain Trout

CZ Bobwhite G2 – A Side-by-Side Shotgun for Practical Upland Bird Hunters

At just $650, this sleek yet humble side-by-side boasts attractive design, light weight, superb handling, and is tough as nails. Published by Project Upland February 21st, 2020. Read it here.  

Just Follow the Dog

Breaking into upland bird hunting can be intimidating, what with the spendy gear and quintessential image folks push on social media these days. But the bottom line, the only requirements are to grab your shotgun and just follow the dog. Published in the Waitsburg Times, December 5th, 2019. A hint of the long shadows of … Read more Just Follow the Dog

The Rios of Fall

Fall turkey hunting the Walla Walla Valley is as fine an experience as it gets! Published in the Walla Walla Union Bulletin, September 22nd, 2019. The grandeur of a wild turkey in full strut, spitting, drumming and gobbling their hormone-crazed heads off lures the masses of anxious hunters, wrought with spring fever. Spring is an … Read more The Rios of Fall

The Autumn Stream Palette

Published October 3rd, 2019, The Waitsburg Times Fall is undoubtedly the most anticipated and contested season of the year, and rightfully so in both regards. The fat days of summer are quickly drawing to a close at our latitude, even more dramatically in climates further north. Darkness cloaks our early waking hours and morning routines, … Read more The Autumn Stream Palette

Back-country Trek for Treasure Lakes Trout

Thirty minutes of channeling my inner mountain goat, teetering and hopping up, over, and across jagged granite perched me 11,300 feet above sea-level. With burning thighs and short breath, I gazed back at Long Lake about a mile and hundreds of feet below. The journey to landing a California golden trout on the fly in … Read more Back-country Trek for Treasure Lakes Trout

From Raghorns to Riches

An special draw elk hunt in Idaho’s Unit 37, Big Lost Wilderness, gave us four seasons with warm summer sun, firgid winter temps, gale-force winds, snow and fog, forty-five miles of steep mountain terrain, botched stalks, and sleepless nights. What we took from it? Incredible scenery, solitude, mental and physical health, and in the end, … Read more From Raghorns to Riches

Pheasant Hunting the Walla Walla Valley Uplands

Published in the Union Bulletin, September 23rd, 2018. I sat alone in the gray calm of dawn, gazing contently across my food plot. A few wary whitetails snagged a snack on their morning commute. Steam curled up from a hot cup of coffee, tickling the hairs on my face and nose as I sipped in … Read more Pheasant Hunting the Walla Walla Valley Uplands

Yuba

               The 2015 upland bird season in southeast Washington provided a better bird year than 2014 and I found my Llewellyn setters hunted better than ever. My pup, Laurel Mountain’s Yuba was in her first season afield. She was born with severe hip dysplasia; hence, we don’t work her very hard or long, but she … Read more Yuba

Tales of a Novice-Run Bass Tournament

University of Connecticut Student Subunit