|Looking out over the Clark Fork River and Valley, and part of Lake Ponderay|
So we headed out for a drive the other day, hoping to find some grouse and give the dogs a nice run. We took Mickey, our 3 year old female and Sport, our guest dog, with us. Both were anxious to wet their nose with some grouse scent. As cool as it's been, this was a nice day with sun shinning through the trees. My kind of day!
We started out on the Idaho side of the border. We live only 3 miles from the Idaho/Montana border. I had been wanting to take a drive to that side for a while now to explore the photography opportunities. We don't hunt in Idaho, since we do not buy a licenses for that state.
So we headed up Johnson Creed Road behind Clark Fork, Id. Drove the road for a bit and took a few scenic shots of the Clark Fork valley. Scenery was beautiful, but we never saw a bird.
We headed back toward Montana to look for some grouse. The dogs were chomping at the bit to get out of the van and run. We stopped and let Mickey out. She's such a pretty girl to watch. Some of her tan feathering is over 10 inches long! She worked her nose like a pro, to no avail. Never found a bird!
|Sure Thing Sweet Mickey|
A little ways down the trail we let sport out to give it a try. He sniffed and sniffed every bush, tree, ditch, hill and hole, with no luck at all.
|"Sport" on the dock at Johnson Creek, Clark Fork, Idaho|
Seems this season's days have either been too cold and nasty, even for the grouse, or it's been too hot, even for the grouse. Numbers are scarce this year as well. The wet spring we had really took a toll on the grouse chicks.
We finished the day with no points on birds, no pictures of birds and no birds in the bag..... Bummer!! I did get a few nice scenic pictures and a few nice ones of Mickey. Hope you enjoy those!