The terrain is deceiving. At first glance it appears to be completely flat, grazed down to nothing and unlivable for any living creature. But each step further from civilization reveals a rolling topography with bottoms full of brush and grasshoppers conveniently close to watering holes. I will be running a bunch of young dogs on this trip. For most of these dogs, this is their 1st hunting season and certainly their 1st trip to Montana. I have no preconceived notions about how many birds we will find much less shoot at. I am in pursuit of opportunity for all these young bird dogs to develop and learn. In a relatively short 3 hour hunt this morning we moved a pretty good sized covey of Hungarian Partridge, a group of 5 or 6 Sharptail Grouse and half a dozen Sharptail singles scattered throughout the landscape. Maggie, Penny, Deuce and Cash all certainly had plenty of opportunity and I was pleased with their performance.
- Ryan Fortier