Barb and I took a six day trip to some new chukar country to do some scouting. It wasn’t too far from an area I had hunted in the past but I thought it might be a little more hospitable for an old man to walk. Wrong. The more we walked, the more we discovered it was like most all chukar country, steep. But over the 24 miles hiked, I was amazed at how green and beautiful the slopes were. If we aren’t bothered by wild fires we won’t be have to worry about cover.
I’ll let pictures tell the story.
We were at about 5000 feet and the insects were just appearing. But there were in abundance.
As usual, the wind was blowing pretty steady but it didn’t matter to the boys.
There was not a place that wasn’t covered with that life giving green up.
Although we never heard a chukar we bumped several, along with some huns and and amazing number of blues.
The flowers were showing off the Spring colors, especially in the less steep areas.
As these pictures show, the beginning of the hatching season is very promising. In my travels, I believe the hatch would be early right now but in about thirty days there should be an abundance of little ones on the ground. Barring Mother Nature beating us up with some nasty thunderstorms or another prolonged heat spell, I think we might be in for an above normal year.
Enjoy the next few months and keep your fingers crossed. Hopefully your canine buddies will be out this fall giving you some of this action that Jake and Grady gave me on the hill.
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Beautiful area and pictures!