Monday, April 16, 2018

Sage Grouse

Photo by Holly Higgins
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.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

CH Indian Head Abbigale

Photo by Lauren Allen
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.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Building a great slaw....

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!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Fairwell 2017 Bird Season

photo by Natalie Kuntz
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.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Jim at 11-months

photo by Holly Higgins
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.....

Sunday, February 11, 2018


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.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Humane Society CEO resigns after sexual harassment allegations

Reported in the Washington Post on Friday February 2nd...

Wayne Pacelle was apparently sexually harassing staff members, donors and volunteers.

Read more here:

Wayne Pacelle, former HSUS  CEO... Were the animals spared?