Gracie the Lab leads the way while working an edge of thick sage.
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Snow leaves the Kessler Canyon lodge in a winter wonderland. Read Day 4 HERE! Read DAY 3 HERE! Read DAY 2 HERE! Read DAY 1 HERE!
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After fishing in the morning, we grabbed the Zoli’s and headed to the field for an afternoon of bird hunting.
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John fills both barrels. While pheasants seemed to flush in one’s and two’s, we lucked into several groups of chukars.
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John’s poor hands about froze off, but he stuck with it.
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Most of the pheasants we found were in the grass while the chukars seemed to stick to these thick patches of sage brush.
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Gracie makes another retrieve. At Kessler, pointers point the birds while Labs are then sent in to flush the birds.
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Colorado Grand Slam winner, John Stanley, is ready for action. On this afternoon John took 16 birds and hardly missed a shot.
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Fresh snow made seeing which way the birds had moved pretty easy. Birds really held tight in the cold weather making for close flushes right under your feet.
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John draws down on a rapidly climbing bird after a perfect point by C.C.
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Kessler’s house guns are stylish Zoli 20-gauges perfect for fast-breaking pheasants and chukars.
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C.C. the pointer leaps after Gracie as pheasants run ahead. At times we had to sprint to catch up to the birds, which preferred to run in the snowy weather conditions.
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The heart from John’s elk (served on French baguette with a duck pate) was the highlight of this lovely appetizer created by Leonard McNab, Kessler Canyon Ranches 5-star chef.
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In addition to winning an elk hunt, a bird hunt, shooting lessons from an Olympic medalist, John was able to enjoy a full massage in Kessler Canyon’s lovely spa. He was so relaxed when he came out, we practically had to pour him into his dinner chair.
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The fireplace in the main lodge at Kessler Canyon is a lovely place to relax any time of the day.
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John takes a few minutes to relax by the fire after a long day of fishing and bird hunting all part of his Colorado Grand Slam Adventure. To see how you can enter to win our next Grand Slam Adventure go to: www.outdoorlife.com/grandslam/

Join Outdoor Life Grand Slam Adventure winner John Stanley and Editor-In-Chief Todd Smith on their Kessler Canyon Ranch adventure.

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