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Episode 11 of Wingshooting USA has just made its online debut. Watch it here. Need more motivation to push that mouse button? Here’s a summary:

One of the more level spots on this chukar hunt

Extreme vertical … that’s chukar country and the birds, weather and a less-than-polished performance by Buddy combine to make the hunting a challenge. Perseverance prevails, though, along the breaks of Lawyer Creek near Flying B Ranch in Idaho.

Tighten your boot laces and get hydrated – see you on the slopes! Uh, and if you’ve got suggestions on getting a really hot dog to retrieve better, feel free to comment.

– Scott

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ALONG LAWYER’S CREEK near Kamiah, Idaho: This desert rat was in heaven: three gun dogs, a cottonwood-lined creek and plenty of shade. Do you know the feeling? A change of scenery, fresh perspective, everything seems brand new and full of potential. All participants were cooler by a large measure than during our last hunt at Flying B Ranch, a blistering chukar expedition called on account of heat at 9 a.m. [Watch the very raw sky-cam footage, above.]

The ringnecks that dwelled among the thorns and cattails of this valley knew their neighborhood well, testing the dogs’ noses and hunters’ shooting abilities. Often more like a ruffed grouse hunt with brush-busting and tangle-inducing vines and branches, there were times when your shot was pointed at a white neck ring and nothing else in the shadows of chokecherry and cottonwood.

Guide Rich Coe’s dogs were trained to handle the bird flushing when needed, and they were needed often. Maybe you don’t like the idea (can you say porcupine?), but it was most appreciated by this bruised and battered, scratched and skinned-up hunter. Finding footing and swinging room for safe shots (two camera operators in tow) was tough enough without having to boost every bird from it’s hidey-hole.

And boost we did, flying a lot of birds, shooting at some, and hitting a few. One memorable flush ultimately yielded four roosters; we gawked instead of getting close enough for a shot, thinking each was the last to fly. (Count to four real slow … that’s how it played out.)

The jungle-like cover took its toll, as did the jinking and juking pheasants. But plenty of birds ended up headed for the table of a deserving family somewhere in the Kamiah metropolitan region.

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OVERLOOKING LAWYER’S CREEK, IDAHO: It was warming already, “it” being 6:40 a.m. in the wheat stubble west of the Clearwater River near Kamiah, Idaho. Flying B Ranch head guide Rich Coe pre-wet his pointer and shorthair, so I did the same with Buddy and we were off on a quest for chukar partridge.

A fence corner and rock pile produced the first point, but the long-tailed dog broke off and trotted toward us. Buddy locked up in the same vicinity and a bird flew wild. Minutes later, a solid point by the shorthair and the first bird was brought to bag as we gazed downward, panting, a thousand feet into the canyon that holds the Flying B.

TV SHOW LAUNCH UPDATE: Wingshooting USA debuts Sept. 30! Go here for more details.

That first productive point prompted Rich’s question, which I’d hoped would never come on this three-dog hunt: “does your dog back?” The answer of course, is not really, but with some verbal encouragement from his owner and a lot of self-discipline, Buddy began honing his honoring skills. He had plenty of opportunities to practice in the target-rich environment that was the breaks between canyon and cropland. (more…)

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Okay fellow members of Upland Nation … the first leg of the Awesome Upland Road Trip 2.0 is locked and loaded. The planning, your suggestions, and a bit of logic have come together into a very exciting first go-round. You know that feeling of anticipation when you’re headed for places you’ve never been? How about returning to hunt with friends? Or the anticipation of hunting birds you’ve only read about? 

Watch for the rig on the Awesome Upland Road Trip 2.0

Watch for the rig on the Awesome Upland Road Trip 2.0 ... coffee's always on in the galley

That’s one of my goals this season, and this part of our multi-leg trip moves the needle in the right direction. I still have room for a couple stops along the way, but here’s how it’s shaping up so far for the third week of September:

– Cooke Canyon Hunt Club near Ellensburg, Washington is our first port of call. We did a couple shows years ago with Doug Burnette when he was guiding for Cooke Canyon. Now, he and Alice are running the place! A skillful dog trainer/handler, Doug is a joy to share a field with, and everyone will learn something on this stop. I will never forget the ultimate compliment after flushing a bird for Doug: “Good duckin’, Scott.”

– Flying B Ranch near Kamiah, Idaho is our second stop, where we’ll chase chukars in the hills above Lawyer Creek. When our legs give out, we will limp downhill to the lush fields and draws closer to this world-class lodge and try to scare up some ringnecks. I’ve hunted Flying B just once and not on TV or for radio, so this will be fun!

– The grand finale should prove educational and help fill out my life list. Near Lewistown, Montana, we’ll pursue (more…)

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