Fun week

Nothing fun to talk about as far as chukar hunting except that those guys in Nevada and Utah are still hunting for about a week more. I’m already bored as hell so I decided to post this ridiculous post about the state of my health and a little bit about Hungarian partridge.

I made it through my evaluation by the shrink. I think I passed. All he asked were questions like my name, where I grew up, my wife’s name, how many kids we have, what I did for a living, my hobbies and more silly questions. Yes, chukar hunting came up but it had nothing to do with my back operation. Just a waste of time for both him and me. I have to say that when he took me into the room and asked me to take a seat on the couch I almost laughed remembering some of the t.v. shows where they had the visitor laying on the couch as they spilled their guts.

As far as my leg, I guess I blew it. I had another MRI the 30th and the doc called and asked me how I damaged it further with the boot on? I mentioned how we had ended our last meeting with the idea that I wasn’t going to listen to his advice. I didn’t know that he meant just the part of not hunting anymore for the season. He thought I was still going to hunt but with the boot on. Evidently I did more damage but he said that if I started wearing the boot all the time for three months the fibers of my achilles that have torn might still be able to come together and heal without an operation. Another MRI in a month will see if things are trying to heal by themselves.

I mentioned what if they weren’t? He said that than we’d have to operate and that would be a lengthy recovery. I mentioned operating now so that I wasn’t laid up for 6 or 7 months and he said I blew that opportunity when I didn’t wear the boot when he told me. Another thing I didn’t know about chukar hunters. They can’t hear very well. I’m crossing my fingers.

Another meeting with the back doctor the 13th and the neurologist March 1st and hopefully will be getting my back fixed which will be a shorter recovery time.

Meanwhile the dogs and I are taking hikes in places where there are flat trails and they might be able to find some birds. It’s hun and quail country and I’m glad to say they are finding some. One outing they found two covey’s of 6 to 8 partridge in them. They also pointed two pairs. That is about what I usually see this time of year. By March almost all the Hungarian partridge are paired and the chukars are just starting to pair. 50% of the geese around the house are paired already which is also par for this time of year.

That’s all I’ve got to report on right now but I’ll be still going out where I can and having some fun. Hopefully, I’ll be able to hike some chukar country by July to see chukar chicks all over the mountain.

I suckered Barb into going on a hike with the boys and me yesterday. It was productive for me but she took a tumble going up on one of the points by the dogs. She tripped over a rock and rolled down the hill and ended up with a couple of bumps on the head and a cut on her shin which she said hurt like hell. Bangs on the shin are always painful but the pain goes away quickly. I felt bad for her but mentioned, falls like that happen to chukar hunters at least a couple of times a year. She replied with something about stupid but I didn’t get the full sentence.

After that we moved down to where the quail live. The quail are definitely doing well. The boys found three different covey’s. Two of them had a couple dozen birds in them and the third had at least forty. Barb enjoyed walking in on those points much better.

You can’t beat these sunny 45 degree days to be on a mountain so get out there with the pups and let them have some fun. Heck, you never know, maybe your wife might want to go along and do some bird dogging for you.

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.

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