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... Continue Reading →

Luck in the Breaks

A tale of a successful quest for a mature mule deer in the river breaks of Idaho (October 2017). Deep Countree is no longer publishing. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ The digital dashboard clock read 6:10am on day three of my four-day mule deer hunt in the river breaks of Idaho. Time was wearing thin. There was plenty of... Continue Reading →

Upland Review

I developed a magazine with the idea of showcasing the annual activities and accomplishments of Blue Mountains Pheasants Forever, Chapter 258, through photo essay. I also included a couple additional hunting articles. I retain the magazine as a separate publication from the Chapter with a plan of developing it into a free online magazine to... Continue Reading →

Shedding the Blues

  Walla Walla Union Bulletin, April 29, 2018. I spent the last several minutes marveling over the roster’s brilliant plumage. The girls were electrified, showered in praise as I slid the rooster into my vest. It was late in the season; the thick reed canary grass was crusted hard with snow and broken over the... Continue Reading →

BMPF Sets Youth Circuit

Published 24 May 2018 in the Walla Walla Union Bulletin. “Pull…” a shooter calls out, followed by a white clay launching from the trap, sailing to the left; a random, unexpected direction. The sleek over/under shotgun tracks smoothly until the bead connects, and upon recoil, dissolves the clay into a fine dust. In support of... Continue Reading →

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,... Continue Reading →

Propagating an Outdoor Heritage

Published July 26th, 2019 in the Milton-Freewater Valley Herald What do native habitat restoration, clay targets and the youth of our local communities have in common? Pheasants Forever. And the future of native habitat conservation and outdoor recreation at the hands of our future leaders advocating for all of these. Habitat enhancement and youth involvement... Continue Reading →

Elk in the Abyss

Published as a series in the Milton-Freewater Valley Herald, August 9th and 16th, 2019. Friday, October 28th, 2016, at 10:00pm I was startled awake as my lovely wife, Ali, bailed out of bed in a mad dash for the phone. We are early-to-rise, early-to-bed folks, and our friends typically don’t call after about 7:30pm; therefore,... Continue Reading →

Grouse of the September Uplands

Publish September 5th, 2019, The Waitsburg Times With the summer heat still baking the brown and brittle landscape, dog work would need to be restricted to the precious early morning hours of refuge. Fortunately, we were blessed with an overcast sky; one of the first to come of the early fall season. But the transition... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Thankful for the Opportunity

Fall sparks a time of reflection and thanks, and the Thanksgiving holiday is a perfect time to be thankful for our public lands and natural wonders. Published in the Waitsburg Times, November 7th, 2019. The month of November is a special month. Not only because it’s like an extension of October in the Walla Walla... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Late-Season Roosters

Published in the East Oregonian, January 18th, 2020.  Let’s face it. Whether satisfying a hard-charging, time-consuming passion or taking afield as a weekend warrior, hunting hard can wear you down. And, Heaven forbid, at some point you may even want to take a break. From my perspective, I don’t necessarily want a day off. But... Continue Reading →

WDFW Revising Game Management Regulations

Published in The Waitsburg Times, February 20th, 2020 February 6th, The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) opened the public comment period on proposals to update regulations for a variety of game hunting opportunities, as well as the proposed 2020 hunting seasons. Among the proposals, two changes in particular have potential to influence hunting... Continue Reading →

Speaking Valley Quail

Published in the East Oregonian, April 18th, 2020 During these days of house-arrest, I am lucky enough to telework in my basement “deer room”, yet maintaining sanity within the confines of my own property is largely left to sunny day chores like gardening and tending to our small orchard and food plot. Unfortunately, no matter... Continue Reading →

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