John handles this nice flush with ease going 5 for 5 on the first five birds pointed. Here at Kessler a pointer holds on point while a retriever flushes the birds.
One of the many nice mule deer at Kessler Canyon Ranch. This area has incredible genetics for trophy muleys. Read DAY 3 HERE! Read DAY 2 HERE! Read DAY 1 HERE!
View of the lake from the main lodge. Today started out as rain then turned to snow. Within 2 hours we had 4 inches on the ground.
John toughs it out fishing in a wild snow storm–a far cry from the nice weather he usually fishes in his native Georgia.
John’s poor hands about froze off, but he stuck with it.
John’s patience and toughness pays off in a nice rainbow.
After lunch we head to the shooting facility at Kessler Canyon for a shotgunning lesson.
Our guide, Lance Bade, is a member of the U.S. shooting team. He is an expert in trap and a bronze medalist. After a few pointers, John was crushing clay targets.
Kessler Canyon is also home to some incredible pointing and flushing dogs–each one eager to get out and hunt.
John and Lance head out for chukars and pheasants.
John handles this nice flush with ease going 5 for 5 on the first five birds pointed. Here at Kessler a pointer holds on point while a retriever flushes the birds.
Meet Rib, our faithful pointer.
Rib makes a nice retrieve on John’s first chukar.
Lance and John admire John’s first-ever chukar.
On snowy days like this many birds headed for the brushier cover along the local stream that runs through the property.
Gorgeous high-country scenery is all around, making a great day of bird hunting even more spectacular.
Another chukar comes to hand.
Here’s Rib on a picture-perfect point. Dogs don’t get much prettier.
A very happy Colorado Grand Slam winner, John Stanley who managed to take a nice trout and several braces of chukar and pheasant with a shooting lesson from an Olympic medalist in between. No wonder he’s ready for bed early tonight.

After scoring big on a 6×5 bull, Outdoor Life Grand Slam Adventure winner John Stanley samples more of what Kessler Canyon Ranch has to offer.