One recent afternoon as I was returning home from visiting a friend, I turned down a Sublette County road that traverses through the sagebrush uplands next to the New Fork River and noticed a pickup truck out in the sage, with two men near the tailgate, with a bird dog. Intrigued, I drove by slowly, and finally one of the men moved just enough for me to get a glimpse of a peregrine falcon in the back of the truck.
With colder temperatures and occasional snowstorms triggering the changing of the seasons, most recreationalists leave western Wyoming’s public lands while awaiting snowy opportunities, but for others, it’s at last time to go out — it’s time to hunt Greater Sage Grouse with falcons.
I stopped my truck and backed up, shutting off the motor to inquire if they were about to be in pursuit of sage grouse. The falconers, here from California, invited me to have a look at their birds. After we had a very pleasant visit in the sagebrush, I ended up accompanying the men on a hunt the next day.