I loaded the dogs and drove to meet friends, first in Wyoming, then in Montana. I waited a little later in September to try and avoid the stifling heat. To a large extent, I succeeded. The first week I camped up in the mountains at 7500', hunting for Blue Grouse. We were very successful, and I learned all over about camping in the cold! Then we drove to meet 5 other friends for Sage Grouse, Chukar and Hungarian Partridge. The hunting was exceptional, but best part of this portion of the trip was the food! With at least three "foodies" in the party, we cooked our birds in tasty and creative ways every night. After a week, I said my goodbyes and drove to Montana to chase Sharptail Grouse and Hungarian Partridge. The weather was excellent and all the dogs did well on the Sharps and Huns. Overall, it was a tremendous way to kick off the season!
|Shack and me after Blue Grouse|
|JD and 3 Blue Grouse|
|2 Sage Grouse|
|JD Retreiving BlueGrouse|
|Lunch Break on the Prairie|
|Double on Hungarian Partridge|
|Out on the Prairie|