Friday, January 19, 2018

The Long Shot







































The approach was perfect.  So damn perfect

The small patch of cover is called the Triangle of Death....an overlooked patch of cover that other hunters who have access on the ground never touch.  The birds know the same and usually when we hit it right, it's a whirlwind of flushes, excited dogs and hopefully a downed bird of two

OMR came from above and I looped around to push the birds right to him he descended to block their exit.  It was surgical, until the 10 mule deer that were unseen, bedded down in the cover sprang up and bolted from the cover

80 yards from shooting position and as each deer darted to exit in a panic, roosters and hens came up from all possible places

So many swear words.  So many

Late season roosters are a hard earned trophy.  Their wild.  They've been pressured for months and you have to really be on your game.

Sometimes, the deer have other plans for your hunt.

As the last deer sprinted away, we hoped for a straggler or two.  As dad progressed down the bluff, a rooster exploded up and rocketed away.  By the time I saw it, it was at leas 50 full yards and crossing in front of OMR.

No way I said to myself as the bird rained down and crashed into the dirt. It was at least 60 yards away when he touched off the one shot and flat crumpled the veteran bird. 

I picked it up as it was at least 100 yards away from dad.  Stone dead.  As big as they get, massive spurs and electric coloration

"Shit dad, that was a long ass shot"

All he says on the last rooster of the season...

"No problem"

Monday, January 15, 2018

A Tale Of Two Rivers....







































One story of a river reborn...

The other story of a river waiting for that opportunity

January 25th at the Cracker Building in downtown Spokane, Save Our Wild Salmon and a coalition of various organizations are presenting A Tale of Two Rivers.

It's a conversation of salmon, rivers, their people, dams and the politics around this issue. 

Lynda Mapes of the Seattle Times, author of The Elwha, A River Reborn will talk on watching the Elwha return after the two dams on the Elwha came down and the river and it's fish came back

Rocky Barber, veteran reporter from the Idaho Statesman will lend his observations on the issues surrounding the lower Snake River. 

A $5 dollar donation gets you in the door.  Come be a part of the conversation.

It looks to be a great event,  I hope to see you there


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Bend It To Send It...























Every once and a while you hit the shutter at the perfect time

OMR, dropping bombs in search of a yank...

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Longest Night of My Life...




Only because I went to bed at 6pm on the night before opening day of deer season when I was 12 years old

This past April I was given the opportunity to tell a story from my personal archive about time spent on public lands at the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers 2017 annual Rendezvous in Missoula.

I shared the stage with folks way higher than my pay grade, including Hilary Hutcheson, Randy Newberg and Ryan Callahan.   I stared out at over 1,000 ardent public land defenders and told my story, and thankfully got some laughs

While not on stage this year, I will be at the 2018 edition of BHA's Rendezvous, April 12th-14th in Boise.  

Passionate about preserving public lands?....join us in Boise.  It's a hell of a weekend.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Book with Confluence Guide Service








































Want to fish with a steelhead guide that's not about the numbers, but about the experience?

Then Mark Shamburg and Confluence Guide Service is your guy.























For years Mark has produced some of the finest bench made classic click pawl reels and bamboo spey rods available, and now he's going full force into guiding the waters around the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.

Booking with Mark will give you the chance to swing flies well to the best that wild steelhead have to offer.   He's a teacher at heart, a technician at the art of steelhead and you'll absolutely love your day spent in his boat as you float down world class steelhead water

The wild steelhead of the Olympic Peninsula are our last best stocks in the lower 48, but at the same time are in peril from a death of a thousand cuts.   Mark will show you how to really enjoy your day while giving you a picture of the issues in fish conservation we're fighting for.

 If you want to catch 10 fish in a day, this isn't the trip for you.

My guess is through your experience with Mark, you'll be jumping at the chance to help in the world of anadromous fish conservation.































There isnt a feeling in the world when a fish coming in on the tide the day before tears off downriver with your fly in it's mouth.   So if you're looking for a guide to show you the way, contact Mark today.  There are but few dates still available for the 2018 winter season, get on it!

I'll dangle this little offer out there as well.  First person to book with Mark for this season after reading this will get a 6 pack of my steelhead bugs to go with your trip.
























Maybe something like this will have a big ol buck chase it down for you.

In any event, give Mark a shot.

Get all your information today at Confluence Guide Service. web site.



Friday, December 22, 2017

From The Pheasant Fields...








































Aside of being knee deep in a steelhead river, pheasant hunting occupies a great deal of my mind.  It was my first real love in the outdoors.  The routine of the day, the ways the dogs worked, the feeling of elation when a shot connected and disgust of a miss.  Good bird years balanced with bad bird years.  Easy opening days and grinding out 1 bird days at the end of a season

I loved it all.

Here are some of my favorite shots from this year's season.  Another 3 weeks to go and a few more miles to hike before the closing bell.






































































































































































































































































Thanks for coming along for the ride....

Monday, December 18, 2017

Skylines Podcast from Bryan Huskey...


































Some of my best memories in hunting and fishing revolve around stories.

The shots missed, the bucks taken, the fish lost and landed and everything that wrapped around them.  Part of the mythology and draw to these sports can be found around a campfire listening to the recounting of special events when wandering around the wild lands of the west.

Better than any book, these stories are told over and over again passing along the oral history and traditions that make up one hell of a life.

With that, Bryan Huskey of Fishbite Media and originator of the KEEPEMWET campaign has launched a new podcast that's going to make you feel like you were right there in the thick of it, putting a stock on a mule deer or shaken with frustration in trailing a wounded elk

The 2017 Rut Report is flat out amazing and details the lows and eventual highs of this year's archery elk season and I really loved "A Win For Dad" as it feels so similar to my experiences hunting with my father.

I highly suggest you check out the Skylines Podcast series and become part of the stories that Bryan so artfully tells

Enjoy!