Paired up

It’s that time of the year with not much to pass on as far as chukars go. My rehab on the leg is going well and with the procedure on my back 9 days away I’m covering a little more country now and looking forwards to covering even more soon.

The big change this week on the mountain are the paired birds. The dogs and I never saw a covey. It’s getting harder to find birds now that they are paired up. With only two birds to leave scent, the dogs have a tougher time scenting them. And since the birds are now protecting their territory they are spread out further. In another month to month and a half they’ll be starting to nest. They’ll even be harder to find then.

This week on one trip into chukar country we found 7 different pairs of chukar. The dogs had a tough time holding point for some reason but we were tickled to see the birds. Here’s the only video we got of a chukar pair. Poor quality but always fun to see the birds.

And on another day in hun country we found four pairs. Jake pointed this pair while Grady was off 190 yards on point with another pair. Excuse the slow motion voice.

Nothing that exciting but hopefully enough to keep some enthusiasm for the upcoming season.

One sad note. There seems to be more magpies than I can remember in the past. I believe they are harder on nests than any predator. Sure wish they would have a spring season on them.

Enjoy the outdoors in Idaho.

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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