It’s extremely difficult to photograph flushing upland birds — maybe even more so than shooting them with a shotgun! Singles and doubles are especially tough, since they’re small and move so rapidly. It’s hard to focus on them.
Fast, cagey, and delicious — sharp-tailed grouse inhabit the open country of the West, and are a true prize for any upland hunter. Fantastic hunting can still be had for them on public land for guys with good dogs willing to put in the work.
No, you don’t have to own an expensive over-and-under to be an upland bird hunter. Your old 870 will work just fine — but there’s no denying the allure of an Italian masterpiece in a setting like this.