Sage Grouse are congregating on their ancestral strutting/breeding grounds called "leks" throughout the Great Basin right now. The cocks have been on the leks since late winter awaiting the arrival of the hens. Now that the hens are arriving, the courtship ritual of strutting, fanning of tail-feathers, wing movements, and the inflating and deflating of brightly colored air sacs by the cocks will ensue. From this strutting display the females will then choose the most attractive male to breed with.The grouse pictured above were spotted on a lek in eastern Oregon.
At 10-years old, "Abbi" has been officially retired from field trial competition. Whelped in April of 2008, she was sired by multiple All-Age CH Kelly Talkin' Smak, and out of the exceptional bitch CH Wells Fargo Mollie. Her style and intensity on point, intelligence, ability to find birds, and willingness to handle, made her a great competitor. Abbi culminated a total of 17 certified wins per the American Field FDSB. In 2013 she placed Runner-Up in the AFTCA National Amateur Chukar Championship at Red Rock, Reno, Nevada. The following fall she tallied her only Championship win in the 2014 California Shooting Dog Championship at Copperopolis, California. She completed her career with a Runner-Up placement in the 2017 California Championship at Hornitos Ranch, Hornitos, California. Although no longer competing in field trials, she will continue to be hunted on chukar, huns, pheasant, and quail at any opportunity.
I think I nailed it with this cole slaw recipe; it has just the right amount of sweet, heat, and acidity. The ingredients include: half a red onion - julienned; a bundle of green onion - chopped; two carrots - coarsely grated; a half-bunch of cilantro - leaves finely chopped; half a jalapeno - seeded, julienned, and finely chopped; half a head each of purple and green cabbage - julienned; cayenne pepper, kosher salt, coarse black pepper to taste. Combine all the processed ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. As for the dressing? Many recipes can be found doing a web search, but for store-bought, if I'm looking for a sweet slaw dressing, I go to Marie's cole slaw dressing and add a little apple cider vinegar to thin it and add a little acidity. The sweet dressing seems to go well with burgers, pork ribs, and fried chicken. With grilled game birds, beef steaks, beef ribs, and pork chops, I prefer a honey-dijon vinaigrette. Enjoy!
The 2017 season was a good one, with broke dogs and puppies alike all having the opportunity to point and have birds flushed over them; we even stuck a few in the freezer. Now that the hunting season is over, the broke dogs will be spruced-up for the remaining field trials and the pups will start the breaking process. All will be in order before next fall.
At 11-months-old, Jim is progressing nicely. He was initially tought to "stand" on a barrel and board in the yard. Now during his initial fieldwork I make him stand before I cast him off. His intensity at cast-off in the field is built-up because he is expecting to find birds after the whistle blows.....
I stumbled across this handy item while perusing a fly shop in Bend, Oregon, last fall. The "Tailgater" is made by Umpqua and fits around and inside a Rubbermaid Roughneck (18-gal) container. The Tailgater is designed with the flyfisherman in mind, but I found it perfect for packing around all the gear and other necessities associated with a day or more spent bird hunting or dog training. The assorted pockets of the Tailgater are situated both inside and outside the Roughneck, and are perfect for storing a number of items including medical aides, e-collars, batteries, whistles, reading material, you name it. The heart of the container is ideal for storing water jugs, dog feed, bowls, shotgun shells, any number of the larger items you typically tote around on a hunt or training session.
Life is short Quit your job. Turn off the TV. Go outside and play.
The photo behind the title header was made by Clair Kofoed in NE Oregon several years ago - Jesse pointing, Huns flushing, and me thinking about the camera and shooting behind.
This century's quotes
"Over the long haul of life on this planet, it is the ecologists, and not the bookkeepers of business, who are the ultimate accountants."
- Stewart Udall, 1970
"Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end"
Ted is a from Crockett/Sunrise lines, with some Cover Dog blood from his dam's side. Ted has earned eight shooting dog placements in his career, and has a lot of wild birds shot over his points.
"Cody" - Wenaha Code Red
Cody is from Jetsetter X Johnny's Jewel. He has wins at the Western Open AA Derby Classic, the Oregon Shooting Dog CH AA derby, was R-U CH in the 2015 Pacific Coast CH and the 2015 California Quail CH.
"Andy" Wenaha Black Storm
Andy is 16 months old - a son of Tekoa Mountain Patriot X Iron Mistress - a daughter of Grid Iron.
"Buddy" - Wenaha Strongheart
Buddy is from Robertson's Kennel - a son of Audubon Americus X Sunrise's Last Hope - a direct daughter of Tekoa Mountain Sunrise. He was whelped in June of 2016. A really nice pup and I am having fun with him.
"L.J." Wenaha Little John
L.J. is by Cody and Crockett's Prairie Breeze, a daughter of Crockett's Deep Freeze. He is now living in Oklahoma and enjoying life as a family bird dog.