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This scree harbored a covey of chukars, believe it or not.

Have you ever had virtually everything go right? For almost three weeks? When the equation included two dogs, four TV cameras, crew, vehicles and a squeaky-tight schedule?

As the saying goes, I’d rather be lucky than good. In this case, good planning was complemented by better luck. This year’s Awesome Upland Road Trip was a vestful of highlights, which you’ll see starting next summer on Wingshooting USA. I’ll do my best to recall some of them here between now and then, starting with the warm-up chukar hunt in southeast Oregon.

It was warm, dry, and where we hunt that’s a good thing.  (The roads turn to gumbo with a light sprinkle; if you’re up a canyon you’ll slide into something on the way down. If you’re at the mouth, you won’t be going uphill any time soon.) Mike got there early and staked out our favorite spot. I followed, paying a visit to my favorite town, Fields (pop. 9) and proprietors Tom and Sandy Downs. There’s always a new or old friend in the cafe’, and the Friday before the opener was no exception. It’s one of many reasons I hunt that area, and there’s been more than one occasion when I’ve seen folks there I haven’t seen in town in years, adding spice to an already tasty serving of high country adventure.

A warm-up hill ... easy walking, relatively speaking.

Dave rolled in late (he’s got a respectful day job – actually, two) and we finally got some shuteye. Dawn came early and cold, with the crack of shotguns down canyon. A neighboring camp had the jump on us, scattering the home covey of valley quail before we’d finished our coffee.  They didn’t stay long, though, as their principal quarry was mule deer.

We mobilized and headed for higher terrain and chukar partridge but our walk was interrupted by Buddy’s first point and the whir of quail wings … apparently the other hunters hadn’t broken up the covey completely … or was it another bunch, headed down the same canyon?

Dave’s young Lab Buster was enjoying the tantalizing scent, the excitement of gunfire, and a playmate in my wirehair. He’s got potential.  Singles flushed sporadically, and we pursued. How we did is the subject of a future installment.

One tired wire.

Camp. If I told you where it was, I'd have to kill you. The Aliner pop-up trailer performed perfectly!

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We started with this, and went WAY beyond.

Oh boy! The Aliner Expedition arrived today and it is locked and loaded for a bird hunter. Details to come soon, but a quick shout out to Ned Collins and his creative crew at Aliner for such an innovative approach to customizing the rig. Thanks Dan Hyland for delivering and giving us the more-than-fifty-cent tour/orientation. Stand by!

The trailer’s arrival primes the season’s-almost-here pump, for sure. Here, a warm-up at a local preserve kicks off the Awesome Upland Road trip on Oct. 5. From there, chukar opener on the 8th and then off to Illinois for the first TV shoot of the season.

What kicks it off for you? Is it a place, hunting buddy, specific bird species that gets you going? We’re all gear junkies – does that set you off? The planning?

Here, it’s just 20 days and we’re hunting. You?

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Beefy, rugged, manly. Nope, that’s not the opening line for a beer commercial. Better still, it’s a description of the tricked-out off-road, custom-built Aliner Expedition travel trailer that leaves the factory Friday for the journey west where it becomes the official travel trailer of Wingshooting USA.

Aliner president Ned Collins has pulled out all the stops to make this the ideal bird hunting rig: practical touches abound, from a fan in the dog box to off-road tires, rock-repelling diamond plate to exterior shower. Once it’s here, you’ll get the full tour with lots of photos. Until then, here’s another set of the rig “under construction.”

Here's what you'll see when I pass you while exceeding the speed limit. Or vice-versa.

Ventilation fan on exterior dog box entry. Buddy and Manny approve.

The grand entryway ... note the logo on the dog box (right). Will my dogs know that's their entrance after a long, muddy day?

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Scooby sez ... take me too!

Photo from Aliner showing the extensive testing they are putting my new rig through, just to make sure it will be the toughest, most practical bird hunting trailer on (and off) the road. The volunteer test dog is obviously not Buddy or Manny, but he does work cheap!

Please note: No dogs were harmed in the building of this trailer!

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Talk turns to ideas turn to sketches then blueprints and now it’s becoming reality. Aliner’s Ned Collins just sent these photos of the Wingshooting USA official travel trailer under construction. Learn more about how they think – and what they do – by clicking on the logo.

By the way, many of your ideas are a part of this rig, so if you ever see it on the road or in the field, stop by – I owe you a cup of coffee!

Buddy and Manny have separate bunks, under mine! Bomb-proof floor material, too.

Exterior diamond plate - this rig will see a lot of gravel roads.

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Wingshooting USA’s new official vehicle has one accessory that simply will not fit inside the cab or the bed … it’s our custom Aliner travel trailer. Ned Collins and crew are getting creative with their suggestions for a rig that can go off-road, yet offer all the comforts of home.

Heavy-duty suspension, raised for better clearance, high walls and diamond plate for those pesky rocks kicked up by the truck … the exterior of the Titanium version of Aliner’s Expedition model is shaping up nicely. You’ll see some of their initial ideas on the new custom floor plan, pencil-sketched here:

So, whaddya think? Got some ideas to share? After all, you might just be invited inside to share a toddy if you find us in the field somewhere this season!

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The basic plan - for starters

Aliner is formulating their recommendations for the ultimate bird hunting travel trailer built on their Expedition platform. Storage, functionality, form, and even some simply cool features are being considered but there’s always room for more ideas. Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Here’s their suggestion for a basic floor plan, the jumping off  point for all sorts of great capabilities in storage, in-camp entertaining, dog and gear storage, etc. put your pencil to paper and make some creative suggestions!

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