Although I’ve still been getting out there in some chukar and hun country, I haven’t been getting much on film. What I have been getting is pretty shaky and the rest you’ll have to take my word for.
I’ve got my go pro ordered and hopefully I’ll be getting a lot more bird flushes on camera and some steadier footage. It won’t compare with Eric Forrester’s but it still should be fun.
Update on my leg and back is good. I just got my boot off today and starting rehab. I also went to the neurosurgeon about my back and am hoping I’ve made a good decision. The full surgery and what the doc thinks I need would put me out of action for 8 to 12 months. I didn’t think I could live with that. So I’m going in the 28th to have them put in a spinal cord stimulator that might take some of the pain away. It won’t take me out of action hardly at all.
I’m excited that I’ll still be able to get out some now and hopefully some tougher mountains in about 6 weeks. Hopefully the dogs and I will be counting chukars on the toughest mountains by summer. Meanwhile here’s a few video’s taken while hobbling through the hun and chukar country. I could only post 10% of what I filmed. You’ll see why when you see the shakiness on what I show.
On this first video, the dogs and I crossed an area we call rocky flats. When the huns pair up there are usually several pairs out there. This day was no exception. We found 8 different pairs. Five of them were pointed and the other three were bumped. Jake wasn’t in the action much because he was looking for bones to chew on but would stop to honor when he saw action. I walked all over the place before I let Grady go on this pair.
On this next video, Grady was pointing a dry creek and convinced me there was a bird there. After several minutes of searching and seeing no sign in the snow they moved on about 80 yards before Jake pointed with Grady honoring. Once again I searched and found no bird or sign. They finally gave up and moved forward with two huns flushing. Strange how scent works. We found 4 pair of huns on this trip.
In this last video, the boys and I were in some marginal chukar country but were tickled with the numbers we found. Still in covey’s but we saw about 40 chukars this day. I was filming Grady 150 yards away on point and walking towards him. Jake was coming towards me and stopped as if to honor. As I walked forward I bumped a small covey which in turn made the covey Grady was pointing flush also. You have to look hard to see Grady in the open space without snow.
Not overly exciting but still showing a few birds. We went on one other chukar trip and saw about 60 birds but no clips worth showing. I still haven’t seen a paired chukar and every hun I’ve seen has been paired. The weather has been abnormally cold but it shouldn’t affect the birds.
Hopefully I’ll be getting a go pro soon and learn how to operate it. Can’t wait to show off my dogs while I’m getting a feel for the upcoming year.