Chukar Hunting

| November 29, 2016

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While visiting a friend, he suggested we grab my 12 gauge out of the truck, go up the hill in his backyard and do a bit of Chukar hunting. I couldn’t see why not. His small cabin sits on quite a few acres, backs up to BLM land, and is ideal habitat for Chukars. Just look at the picture below and judge for yourself.

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We walked across the rugged bands of rock in the direction of distinct Chukar sounds. The terrain was a mostly south facing hill with only a few occasional juniper, rocks, cacti, and cheat grass. We saw a few Chukars in the distance but they managed to spook and split at a pretty good distance.

We promptly spooked a few more. One jet from over my shoulder between me and the cliff band to my right. As it got a little further away I gave it a little bit of a lead, and was able to bag it for dinner.

Chukar hunting is super fun, much more so than grouse. In my humble opinion they are really tasty, and I prefer them to most other game bird. They also give you an appreciation of natures seemingly barren environments, as they open your eyes to the amazing wildlife a rocky cheatgrass covered hill can support.

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