Fast forward to opening day of the 2014 Wyoming Sage grouse season. I pulled into the lodge located on the North Platte River just west of Casper, Wyoming just in time to watch the sun set over the hills. Jason truly has a small piece of heaven right here in the great state of Wyoming to share with his hunters.
I got settled into my room and had a chance to meet several of the other groups of hunters in camp, here for opening day as well. Hunters were coming in from across the country in quest for the “Big Bomber” male Sage grouse to put on the wall before the opportunity may be lost for good. After a couple cold ones next to the new fire pit Jason installed this past summer, it was off to bed with dreams of flushing “Bombers” in my head!
The next morning rolled around too fast. At 6:30 sharp I heard the sounds of excited hunters preparing for the hunt. Jason arrived at 7:15 sharp with a truck full of anxious dogs and a bag full of hot breakfast burritos for everyone. We were out the door by 7:30 and set foot on the Sage prairie just before the 8:00 am bell rang. Now even though the Sage prairie habitat overall is in jeopardy of being lost, the area we were hunting today was as far and vast as the eye could see. Jason stated that by the end of the day it may feel like we covered 10 square miles in chasing these crazy birds when in fact in reference it is about one square inch on the floor of an entire basketball court. That one may catch up with you by the end of this story!