Archive for September, 2010

A few pictures of foliage west of Boulder.

HDR Photo

Aida and the doggies

Zoe in the woods


First snow


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New Hunting Gear

Ever since the end of the  last season I have been in the market for a new upland vest. Looked at different models, manufacturers, styles and lastly settled on the  Filson brand. Shortly after that,  found out that only a few stores around Denver carry the brand and their upland vests. One of the stores is the M.W. Reynolds gun shop.  Aida and I took a ride down to Denver in search of the gun shop and my new vest. You know it is a good shop when you are welcomed by a hunting dog. After trying a few different models, I settled on the Filson Tin Cloth Strap Vest with Blaze Orange.

The new vest went on its maiden voyage last Sunday. It was tested up in the grouse woods, and so far I don’t have any complaints. This is one very well made piece of equipment.

This is what Filson said about the vest:

The open design of our Game Bag allows for maximum freedom of movement when hunting or shooting. We make this garment from our extra tough Oil Finish Tin Cloth for the greatest strength and durability. Made in USA of imported cotton. Clean by wiping or brushing only — gains character with use.

Features include:
– Snapped expandable pockets hold shells and other equipment.
– Back is a full-width game bag.
– Extra rugged Oil Finish Tin Cloth provides a lifetime of use.
– Adjustable heavy cotton webbing straps allow it to be worn over a shirt in the warm weather, or to slide over a coat when conditions are cold.

Style #34B – Tin Cloth Strap Vest with Blaze Orange
100% Cotton Tin Cloth, Oil Finish – 12.5 oz.

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To open the 2010-2011 hunting season, Zach, Saba, and I headed to the mountains west of Kremmling in search of the mighty blue grouse.  We left Boulder at 4:15 a.m. to meet with Zach at a park and ride in Morrison. After a quick chat, we loaded our dogs and the gear into Zach’s Xterra, and around 5 a.m. were on our way down I-70. We managed to get into our hunting grounds right at dawn.

Grouse woods

Up at around 9200 ft of elevation the air was crisp.  The slight breeze and great cover was pointing to a good hunt. A friend and a springer enthusiast, Matt Ortiz, tried his best to increase our odds. He went trough all the trouble to make me a detail map of the good grouse cover locations. He has been hunting these parts for a few years now and know is like the back of his hand.

With the map in hand, we headed toward the springer ridge. To our surprise the spot was taken. Husband and wife with two English setters were getting ready to hit that cover.  Next stop, the grouse camp.

Grouse Camp

Quick plan was made, and three of us headed up the road. Oreo has never hunted the woods, but the sight of my shotgun got him very excited. He knew it was time to have some fun! We spread throughout the woods and started hunting towards the car. Somehow we managed to separate and Oreo and I hunted mostly by our-self.

Oreo entered the cover hard, little too hard for my liking, jumping over downed trees and bushes. His pattern closed in some, and that was just fine by me. He had a great time. O-man was one happy Spaniel in his element.

We worked a lot of great cover, but couldn’t produce any birds.  After finishing one patch, and having lost my friends, we continued onto another section.  Once again , no birds. Between the different covers, we bumped into Gary and John. They saw a few birds cross the road and enter the sage brush. According to them , they tried to go after them, but couldn’t make them flush. Since they didn’t have a dog, I invited them to hunt the cover with Oreo and I, they gladly accepted my offer. We worked that cover over hard. Oreo got birdy a few times, but nothing flew. The two gentleman thanked me for letting them hunt with my dog, and continued up the road as I made my way down hill.

As the temperature rose, the frequency of water breaks increased. Lately Oreo has been biting his thong while hunting, and today was no different.  The blood on the picture above is his own, oh I so wish it was from a grouse.

After a few hours, the crew regrouped. No one has seen any birds.

Taking a break

Winsconsin Grouse Hunter

We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring some more woods, hoping a bird or two will be found. Oreo worked hard all day and I tried my best to put him on some birds. He did great for his first time in the woods. Hopefully next time we will have better luck.

All of us had a great time in the Colorado woods.

Zach and Saba having a beer

Till the next time, CHEERS !!!!!

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I don’ t know about you, but paying $1.82 for some good reading material is money well spent in my book.  A few weeks back a friend of mine , and a long time springer spaniel trainer mentioned this book to me.

I got home and started researching the internet. At first I didn’t think I will be able to find a copy on this side of the Atlantic Ocean, it is written by a British author, but managed to find a brand new book for a lot less then the original price (£16.99).

Stay tuned for the book report.

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Earlier today, Aida and I decided it was time to get our fly lines wet and made a plan to head down to Deckers for an afternoon of fly-fishing.

Saw this guy on our way to Deckers

My wife has not fly-fished with me for some time now, but that didn’t stop her from showing off, and catching majority of the fish today.

Aida fishing

A few years back, in the beginning of her fly fishing career, I liked to say she was just being lucky.  Now days, since her fishing doesn’t have anything to do with  luck,  I am starting to use the “I am a great teacher” line.

Nice 15-incher

We started fishing above the bend pool.  As soon as we got geared up, I headed to some of my usual fish producing spots. To my surprise, I found NO fish there. At the same time, Aida started fishing where we entered the river.  She did her homework, scanned the river and saw a few feeding fish. She started fishing methodically,  hooking fish after a fish!!!

Fly of the day

Trying to keep up

Next time, I might just go by myself 🙂

Till next time!!

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Training Day

A few pictures from today’s training session. It was a big day for Oreo and me . We had a chance to run a brace for the first time.

I am ready


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Colorado blue (dusky) grouse season opened today. I couldn’t make it out on the opening day(having a real job gets in a way), but my hunting friends are out there knocking them down. I hope to go out Saturday morning. Stay tuned for some high country hunting stories.

Oreo in the grouse country - Sep '09

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