Finding some chukars

I got away a couple of days ago hoping to find some chukars to film and the boys did me proud. A few of the video’s didn’t turn out well but was still fun seeing the chukars. There seems to be a fair number of survivors out there.

This first video is on some dry ground for a change.

I was pretty tickled this second video turned out. As I walked to Grady’s point I could see a chukar running in front of him. Although he could see the bird he held tight. There ended up being more birds right above this one. Would have been a great shooting opportunity.

I went west again today and hopefully got some decent video’s of more chukars. It was a different area but the numbers were decent and the dog work was good. With the price of diesel right now, I’ll probably hang closer to home for a few months until the important scouting months come. But me and the boys will find some local mountains to hike.

Enjoy the outdoors.

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.

4 thoughts on “Finding some chukars

  1. How many birds are in remaining coveys? By your videos, It looks like very few. 6-8? Back in the 80’s an average chukar covey was 25-30 birds on opening day and 20 at the end of the season. Here in Texas for bob-white we never shoot at a covey when it is down to 7-9 birds where at the start of the season a covey will be 12-15 birds. Just curious what you are seeing.

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  2. Jim, you’re right about the numbers. Most covey’s had about six birds. I did see a few covey’s about 15 or so. Also I was surprised to see several singles and doubles.

    Hunting has been over for 11 days now but the biggest decline to numbers this time of the year have been very successful. The eagles and hawks have been making a pretty good dent. I’m constantly finding the feathers and wings of a chukar below the rocks or brush where the birds finish off their meal. Also on a typical outing I’ll hear the scream of a chukar followed by a diving hawk or eagle and it amazes me how efficient they can be. I don’t think the larger covey’s have time to regroup and stay in these smaller covey’s. They say that avian predators are responsible for 35 % of chukar mortality and from what I see I think it’s a gracious number.

    The cover is matted down from the snow and the chukars are hanging at the edges of the crusted snow looking for those green sprouts that were covered by the snow 45 days ago. They are very vulnerable right now. The good news is that I’m seeing plenty of birds for a good recovery. But as you know, it’ll come down to the nesting and rearing conditions. Luckily, when conditions are right, chukars rebound well.

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  3. Thanks again Larry for these great videos. In Nevada this year a covey would be max 10 birds at the start of the season. You are correct about the avian predators but Coyotes are deadly on Chukars and especially Sage hens.We don’t have a lot of chukars here in Utah but are Coyote bounty program has taken over 112,000 Coyotes in the last 9 years Check out the Utah DWM hunting big game page click on coyotes.

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  4. Bummer about the down year in Nevada. I haven’t hunted Nevada for several years but have had some good times there in the past. I’m blessed to be in Idaho where there seems to usually be good numbers of chukars. I live within about three hours of so much great chukar country. It’s amazing how different areas can be impacted by the weather. A hunting range may be low numbers in one area and good numbers five miles away. As they say, “that’s why we call it hunting”. That’s quite a coyote program they have in Utah.

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