I got up early this morning to a 58 degree temperature. Wanting to take advantage of the coolest morning we’ve had for a while, I headed to the mountain hoping to find some chukars. The good news is that I found some.
Things weren’t quite as good as I hoped. The higher up the hill we got, the warmer the temperature got. As we parted from the truck it was 72 degrees. Still, I headed out with the boys and a gallon and a half of water for them. Needless to say, it wasn’t enough. By the time we returned to the truck, they were gulping the extra water I had there. We are back home now and they are totally whipped after a walk of just an hour and a half. Hopefully a lesson learned for me and I can pass it on to you. It’s too hot and dusty for the dogs right now. I even had crust in my nostrils.
Still, with the events of the last month and a half, the chukar mountain is where I find my peace and is where I will return every chance I get, even it is for just a ride.
The good and bad news is what I found. Although the boys were looking hard they never found a bird. Even in this area where I watched a dozen or so birds fly from.
I watched the chukars fly wild and than directed the dogs in the direction of where they flew from and they didn’t act like they even had a scent from them.
During our walk I saw four different chukar covey’s bust wild. Jake and Grady never saw or heard them. The largest covey was about 20 birds and the other 3 were around 10. Aging them was impossible but I have to admit they looked like all mature birds. One of the disappointments was this blue grouse hen with just one mature chick. Looks like a real early hatched bird.
I did see a lot of tracks on the dusty trails with different size tracks.
It would have been nice to put some birds with them. Once again, the dogs didn’t even act like there was any scent associated with the tracks.
Once again, you gotta believe, and I really believe there are a lot more birds out there than we are finding right now. When it happens I’m going t be happy to show them off. Of course we will find them on “no tellem mountain” right above the “neverending” river.