It looks like there are lot’s of other people out there getting excited about the upcoming season. I have gotten nothing but good reports for this early in the season. Matt Strong got out twice last week and saw five coveys of birds with at least 12 birds in each bunch one day and three coveys with at least ten birds in tow on the second outing. He also saw some adult birds that he couldn’t tell if they had any little ones due to the cover. Maybe you already saw the comment from David Serdar on my last post. He said lot’s of pheasant and quail chicks on a family members farm.
Both reports make me want to start reloading shells. My outing today wasn’t quite as lucrative. I got a late start and headed to chukar country. I did see two Covey of quail and the little ones looked to be half grown as they flew up into the brush. Of course there was all the male quail darting off the road. Who know what they were hiding in the brush. All of the male quail were singles. No huns on this trip.
I did find one group of chukars. The dogs and I took a short jaunt but were chased off the steep hill by heat. The one group of chukars I got a quick look at were probably pretty young. I heard momma take off and saw some small followers but it looked like they only made it 10 yards or so in the thick brush. I could tell the hen was staying close and trying to get the dogs attention by faking injury.
Lot’s of small chukar tracks on the trails and dirt roads.
Also, lot’s of fire material out there. There are all kinds of pockets of very thick grass like this.
The stuff is laid down and still 2 feet tall and almost impossible to walk straight through it. If we can avoid fires the chukars have everything going in their favor. I’m betting on them.
Be careful out there.