Category Archives: Seen in the field

Colorado Aspens

Since Tex is in traction there is no point in hunting just yet. So we took a weekend and went to Aspen to see the fall colors and hit them near their peak. Beautiful stuff!

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Shot Swarm

Summer is for clay target shooting. This beautiful Colorado memorial weekend we hit the sporting clays course and captured the incoming swarm of #8s.

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Fall in Colorado

Before heading to the Great Plains for birds, we head to the Colorado mountains for the views. Here are some of last weekend’s shots in an around Vail.

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Mountain view from Piney Lake

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White House on The Rail Line

I have seen a few of these one room, white cinder-block houses next to the railroad tracks in Colorado and Wyoming. No windows, a fireplace and a nice outhouse out back. Anyone know what they were built for? Maybe a shelter for rail workers or storage?

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NO SHO . . . . G IN . . . . A . . A

No Shooting

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May 6, 2013 · 10:24 pm

Why Bird Hunters Carry Pliers.

If on a nice walk in the woods . . .

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Big Tex

This was to be a post on a Sage Grouse and Ptarmigan hunt but we did not see a bird. What is that recipe to remove the stench of skunk?

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Shotgun Still

Shotguns against an old truck during a break in North Dakota.

 

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Old North Dakota Farm Truck

Sitting with the other detritus of long gone lives on a North Dakota farm is this lonely pick up truck.

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Suburban Coyotes

Here is a pair of nasty, mangy, pet-killing coyotes. These are in the open space behind my house in the middle of Denver’s suburban sprawl. Beautiful animals.

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Wild Cocks

Now, THAT title should get some hits!  “Cock” is such a funny word. Nothing wrong with it in the right context but it sits precariously on the edge between OK and absolutely not OK. Use it in the wrong company, with the wrong inflection or add a sucker to it and my friend you have crossed the line. That said, here are a bunch of cocks we have seen  in the field.

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Colorado Aspen Gold

This has been an incredible year if you like the high country fall colors. The right temps, moisture, lack of moisture, sunshine or whatever; the color has been intense and enduring. Another reason why fall is the best season of all. These shots were taken yesterday near Kenosha pass.

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Nervous Yet?

“Only dimly aware of a certain unease in the air . . . ”

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NoDak Pheasants and Boxlock

A limit of pheasants taken with the Beretta 470.

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Sage Hens and Sidelock

A pair of Sage Grouse hens and a Spanish sidelock in the North Park of Colorado.

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Prairie Dog Research

When the limit of birds is off being plucked and the worn out dogs are sleeping in their boxes, we occasionally head to prairie dog town for observation and ballistic analysis. These are wary creatures and must be viewed from afar, sometimes 400+ yards, but it is the distance that makes this interesting. There is a machismo appeal to the awesome technology of today’s optics and rifles. The ability to put 55 grains of copper and lead on a 12″ target a quarter of a mile away is exhilarating. Whac-A-Mole for adults.

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Windmills on the Great Plains

Ubiquitous  on the western landscape of the bird hunter is the lonely windmill. These were silent witness to hunts in Texas, Colorado and North Dakota.

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North Dakota Schoolin’

North Dakota is our state of choice for pheasant hunting. The wonderfully desolate landscape is dotted with remnants of past lives – abandoned homesteads, equipment and my favorite . . . old school houses.

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Geese on Ice

While freezing in a Colorado pit blind, waiting for waves of geese to show up, the sun peeks over the horizon behind us and illuminates these ice-covered trees.

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Mind those rear hooves.

 White-tail deer usually clear fences with ease but sometimes will catch the top wire with thier hind legs which when pulled below the second wire creates a deadly snare.

 

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