Toughen up

Jake and I have decided that you humans need to toughen up, or as in the words of you macho chukar hunters “chuk up”. For over two weeks now, we canines have been chomping at the bones to get out and chase some birds. But every time we get started our hunter looks up high on the hill and mumbles something like “I can’t move in that stuff.” Of course you can’t, human, even the animals are smart enough not to be up there anymore.

Even the animals have enough smarts to know to get off this mountain. But as soon as our hunter sees this he shudders and turns the vehicle around. Come on.

At least Jake and I have to give you some treats for trying. You at least stopped along the way and walked some with us. We tried to get you to carry your shot gun, but no, you decided to pack the lighter camera. At least we got some exercise and aren’t getting a tire around the waist like you are. I know that’s not nice, but it is true. We even found some birds but you kept shouting up at us “I can’t get up there” , so we flushed them anyhow. We still had a good time, lazy.

And now it’s warming up and the snow will turn to mud. I hope you’re man enough to at least get out and get a little muddy with us. We can’t always have perfect human conditions for hunting. Really, it’s time to chuk up and get out there and have some fun. I swear, if I am asked to point this goose that comes back to the creek at the same spot every day one more time, I’m going to quit pointing.

Remember me, Grady, the pup that’s been working so hard to find you birds this year. Well now it’s your turn.

Published by jakeandgrady

Hunting has been a favorite past time for me for 55 years but the last twenty five years I have been consumed by chukar hunting and more specifically chukar hunting with fantastic dogs. In this blog I hope to pass on any information I can about chukar hunting but more than anything I want to showcase what will probably be my last two chukar dogs, Jake and Grady. I am 70 years old, Jake is 8 and Grady is 3 and I'm hoping to stay on the chukar mountain until I am 80 when Grady will be fetching my final chukars.

3 thoughts on “Toughen up

  1. Hope you get to hunt again this season! I completely wimped out and headed south on Monday. Highway 93 was snowy in places, it took me two days to drive 700 miles. Annie and Hannah were both pointing a covey of gambels quail in the campground near Lake Mead. They will have to wait until Arizona to actually go hunting.




  2. Regarding your layering issue. The two big problems are sweat and bulk. Sweat depends entirely on the individual and what they can wear to minimize moisture. Bulk will create issues with mounting the gun properly. I like to wear a light weight rain jacket for outer wear to stay dry and cut the wind. Its easy to stuff in the vest and put on or take off as needed. In the spring or summer when I need to put on the rain jacket while fishing its always nice to find chukar feathers in the pockets. Chukar hunters should always leave the vehicle feeling a little cold because soon enough they will be warm from climbing. I still like wool pants for snow hunting but mostly avoid those conditions in my senior years.


  3. Larry, I woke up to another two inches of wet snow this morning and it’s now raining. Looks like Saturday is my next decent chance to get out. Wish I were on my way to Arizona.

    Crexrode, that’s pretty much how I dress. The only problem is the mid layer I’ve worn attracts the powdery snow. I don’t like to put on the rain jacket because it makes me to warm because, as you know, you never quit walking. I was hoping some one would know of a mid layer that sheds snow but still wicks away sweat. In the rain and wind I resort to the rain jacket and put up with the warmth it creates. At 71, I also try to avoid these conditions, but I have these two mutts that drive me nuts if we don’t get out and chase some birds. Thank you.


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