We are honored to be involved in the 2014 Field and Stream Heroes of Conservations project. For the third year running, we have had the opportunity to travel all over this great nation meeting and photographing the six conservation finalists. Since 2005, the magazine has been recognizing these outstanding individuals who work tirelessly to promote, improve, or protect wildlife and their habitats all across the country.
This year we received the call from our editors to hit the road and photograph all six of the subjects. The journey lasted weeks and took us from Pennsylvania to Tennessee, Minnesota to North Dakota, and Washington to Idaho. As with all of the years before this, we were humbled by the generosity and efforts of the finalists â€“ we took a wild tour of the country and have plenty of stories and photos to share. The Third story we’re sharing is that of Ken Miracle, champion of the Chukar and Sage Grouse. We traveled to Boise Idaho earlier this summer to meet and photograph Ken, who made sure to show us locations that offered the true natural beauty of that part of our country. There’s a ton more photos to share – keep reading to see them all.
When we were working to setup our shoot, Ken told us he was taking us to a really scenic and special location. Hours away from Boise, this spot happened to also be one of the primary areas in which he works to help foster habitats for the Sage Grouse.
And let me be the first to say that he wasn’t kidding about a remote and beautiful location. After hours in our truck, winding down dirt roads and back-country, we finally reached our shoot location – prime habitat for Chukar and Sage Grouse.
Ken was a great subject – always up for anything we’d throw at him, even if it meant hiking halfway up a hillside just to get the right vantage point. As a photographer himself, it took little explanation to share our vision for making the best photos.