Got out a couple of times since the last post. The dogs and I found lot’s of action and the two different areas I went to showed good promise as far as birds numbers for egg production. I wish I would have filmed more but after my first filming experience I decided to put the camera away. I don’t know if Grady actually rushed the bird or if he broke when it was taking off.
I wasn’t surprised to see a blue because we have shot blues along with chukars in this area before. I was just surprised that I wouldn’t have gotten a shot for which ever reason it was.
After I put the camera away Grady performed like a pro. Jake did also, but in a slower more methodical pace. Even with some snow left on the northern slopes the birds have it figured out. The more rolling hills that we traveled in today produced 11 different points on paired huns and we also had one single. The chukars in the higher elevations were still some what in covey’s. They were smaller coveys and we found six different groups. But we also found two pair of chukars along with a single.
I’m looking forward to some April showers. The southern exposures are already showing dust and we’re coming into the growing season on those steep chukar slopes. The lower less steep slopes are already looking green and still damp. Some great bug forage.
Things are going to be exciting for the next month finding pairs of chukars. We usually stop looking about the first of May. But I’ll be following my grandson having fun with the turkeys by then. Turkeys are a real bright spot this year. Every place I’ve driven looking for chukars, I’ve seen good number of turkeys along the way. I know they’ll soon be scattering but I counted one flock over by the big pond that had over 150 birds. There’s going to be some serious gobbling there soon.
I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of Spring with their dogs. I know we’re having fun.