Although yesterday was a bluebird day of 65 degrees things returned to normal today. The dogs and I are taking a break and I figured maybe a good time to let some of my out of state friends know how it’s going in Idaho. I believe there chukar hunters from 14 different states that use to visit my Tuckers Chukars blog and I hope they have followed me over here. Especially the gentleman from Tennessee. We have swapped some good ideas by the phone although I have never met him in person.
The winter in chukar country was very mild this year. On my late hunts and those hunts that many others reported there were plenty of carry over birds. February came and hit us with abnormal amounts of snow but with the mild temperatures the southern slopes bared off within a reasonable time to help the wildlife. Which brings us to today.
Although I haven’t seen as much pairing of birds as others have been seeing, the upland birds are in prime condition for spring. It’s not that I’m not seeing birds, I am, but they just haven’t paired up where I travel as early as usual. I saw my first pair of huns yesterday, Mar.5, and I am usually seeing them early in February. I still haven’t seen a pair of chukars but this is when I usually start seeing them pair up. Pairing birds make such great filming opportunities because they hold tighter. I would’ve loved to show you the coveys we found yesterday but they acted like January birds and flushed way wild.
On our jaunt yesterday we found four different coveys chukar that numbered around 15 each. One other covey that busted 200 yards away looked to have over 25 birds. Our huns finds were two coveys of about 12 each, one covey of around twenty, one covey of eight , one covey of four, a pair and a single. Not a bad outing. Too bad the camera man wasn’t better, especially on the chukars. He still has a hard time keeping his footing when birds flush unexpectedly.
The big game animals look great and the geese are all paired.
We usually see the first chicks around the 15th of April. Our pond lost the last of it’s ice during the night and our neighbor already was casting for bass with no results.
And as you can see we still have some weather to come over the coming months.
I’d like to say, start making your fall plans, but as we all know, Spring is the most important time of the year for our Fall pleasures. As the birds of prey start migrating back to the north we only have weather conditions to worry about. Keep your fingers crossed. I know I am.
Especially so I can get more of this action from Jake,
and this action from Grady.
Yes, those pictures were taken on a 65 degree day.