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    Default Am I the first to post chukar pictures for this season?

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    Its December 15th and I think I am the first one on the forum who has posted any chukar results. Yes, I have gotten "ONE" so far this season. Wow.
    Is that like the record? Really? Noone else has gotten any? There are birds out there. Not too many but they are there if you look for them. I just dont have the time or the resources to go after them all that much. My friend drove 12 hours and drove to Washington for them. All he saw was their signs. Came back with 4 quail instead. Lets hope we get a wet spring.
    Dog is doing ok. Ranges far since I take her for walk off leash and just let her run wild and get an exercise. Not as far when we hunt but still learning what I expect from him. I am trying to get her on as many wild birds as possible but not too many out there.
    Still the most fun hunt of all game.
    Be careful if hunting in snow. Dont forget your gloves ( I carry two pair. One thin for under and another one over that. After it warms up, I take one layer off. It works for me). Also, a thick hoodie works great as well. Must be a part of your gear.
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    Well congrats to u...the reason why no post is because a lot of the guys in here like me decided not to hunt them hoping the numbers will rebound...I rather chase quail...the chukar numbers are very very low to no birds in certain areas that its best not to hunt them now
    Pig is what i do very well...cuz my only question is...how many do u want me to leave???

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    Congrats Sean. Someone posted a limit of chukar on the Cal Predators Upland forum. Other than that I think yours is the second on here. I believe a JHO member posted a report he hunted on his ATV and bagged a few chukar this season. I have seen chukar this season but haven't shot any.

    I'm hunting MNP next weekend so slight chance of chukar there. I will try my other spots once maybe in January but overall I am not going very much and hoping next season is better.

    Have a merry Christmas and congrats on bagging a wild chukar this season!
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    Nicely done on the chukar. I've managed to shoot a few this year but have mostly been targeting huns, since Oregon numbers aren't too great and I feel bad taking birds in a low year:

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    Seems like oregon is the place to be

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    Quote Originally Posted by pilgrimbizket View Post
    Seems like oregon is the place to be
    I'm thinking the same thing

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    Is the entire state of Oregon good for upland hunting or is there a certain part of the state better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy hunter View Post
    Is the entire state of Oregon good for upland hunting or is there a certain part of the state better?
    Eastern Oregon is amazing. Western oregon has some grouse and quail. There is a lot more private/lumber land on the west side. Eastern Oregon has quail, grouse, chukar, pheasant, and the rain actually stops long enough to go outside. There is endless public land too.
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    I spent a whole day (with my son and his GSP) hunting the hills around Apple Valley . We did not see one bird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 527varmint View Post
    Eastern Oregon is amazing. Western oregon has some grouse and quail. There is a lot more private/lumber land on the west side. Eastern Oregon has quail, grouse, chukar, pheasant, and the rain actually stops long enough to go outside. There is endless public land too.
    I would probably go to Nevada or Idaho instead of Oregon, if you're looking for large stretches of public land with lots of birds. Idaho is the mecca. Oregon has been having a horrible couple years for bird hunting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by socalhuntr View Post
    I spent a whole day (with my son and his GSP) hunting the hills around Apple Valley . We did not see one bird.
    Didnt we hunt together one time? Your son going to college in Idaho? GSP? Am I right? With George and his dad, Sebastian, a whole possy over by Lucerne Valley? We did see one large covey. Or I might be all wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sean english View Post
    Didnt we hunt together one time? Your son going to college in Idaho? GSP? Am I right? With George and his dad, Sebastian, a whole possy over by Lucerne Valley? We did see one large covey. Or I might be all wrong.
    Sean, yes you are correct. We met you up there and had a great time. My son finished his Masters in physics at Utah State University and lives up there now. He comes down once a year to hunt chukar and /or quail. We usually end up at " Velvet " (although there was no velvet this year) since that is the only place we know. My boy has become quite a chukar hunter in Utah. If you ever want to go hunting up there then you must give him a call. I heard you moved to Sacramento or we'd be contacting you to go with us. Hope things are going well with your move up north. Vern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 527varmint View Post
    Eastern Oregon is amazing. Western oregon has some grouse and quail. There is a lot more private/lumber land on the west side. Eastern Oregon has quail, grouse, chukar, pheasant, and the rain actually stops long enough to go outside. There is endless public land too.
    he got chucks on western oregon (one of the pics has the ocean in it)
    Well all righty then

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    photo 3.JPG Got this one, it was huge along with a few quail

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalhuntr View Post
    Sean, yes you are correct. We met you up there and had a great time. My son finished his Masters in physics at Utah State University and lives up there now. He comes down once a year to hunt chukar and /or quail. We usually end up at " Velvet " (although there was no velvet this year) since that is the only place we know. My boy has become quite a chukar hunter in Utah. If you ever want to go hunting up there then you must give him a call. I heard you moved to Sacramento or we'd be contacting you to go with us. Hope things are going well with your move up north. Vern.
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    I'm glad your son finished school. That's the most important thing for a young man. My stepson is going to GC and I got him a part time job. I have nightmares that at some point he gives up on college since he is making $. I don't care if he earns a million without a degree. College is important.
    If u r thinking of going hunting for the remainder of the season let me know. I had one spot not too far from Velvet that always produced birds. I can give u the GPS coordinate.


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    And Sacto is good. But haven't had a decent hunt yet. I had good hunting partners down there. Here everyone is into bigger game and waterfowl. Better payoff.
    I still can't come into piece with the fact that hunted more chukar there than here even with a Nevada hunting license. This year I've hunted Nevada two days with no bird in the bag.
    Other than that I love my move here. Property prices low and better quality of life in every possible way.


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    Sean, it is nice to see you finally got a chukar! And the best part is that it was while you were hunting with your own dog. Our velvet hunt with Vern and his son has been my most memorable chukar hunt. If you make it down south sometime during the season, we should do it again.

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    Sean, yes I am very interested in that spot you were talking about. We hunted the hills to the S/E of where we parked at velvet. We found a guzzler there and we were able to get 5 birds but that was last year. We also hunted the hills directly north and didn't see anything. You know you really aren't that far away to come down for a 2 or 3 day hunt. Let me know if you ever want try it again . I plan on going out at least 1 more time this season. Send me a pm on those cords. I tried to pm you but your maxed out on storage. Thanks , Vern .

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalhuntr View Post
    Sean, yes I am very interested in that spot you were talking about. We hunted the hills to the S/E of where we parked at velvet. We found a guzzler there and we were able to get 5 birds but that was last year. We also hunted the hills directly north and didn't see anything. You know you really aren't that far away to come down for a 2 or 3 day hunt. Let me know if you ever want try it again . I plan on going out at least 1 more time this season. Send me a pm on those cords. I tried to pm you but your maxed out on storage. Thanks , Vern .
    Sure. Let me look it up. But you know all those hills hold birds. Just the population is low now. My cousin went out yesterday to our honey hole in the Sierras. He said we saw only one bird all day and decided to call it quits and have a barbeque. I told him to invite that one bird to dinner and sign a peace treaty with it too. Let it live and hopefully multiply for next season. I hate to be pessimistic but we are approaching end of December and have had very little rain so far. Tahoe barely has enough snow to ski on. Lets just hope that all mighty is saving it all for the next few months. Otherwise, ......... I don't want to even think of the otherwise scenario.
    I will send you those coordinates in the next few days. And yes I will empty my inbox. Its full of good emails from fellow hunters with good places to hunt. I hate to delete them.

    George: Take care of law school first. Then move to Sacramento. Then buy a house. Then buy dog. Then we will hunt seriously in Nevada together. Then we will go through the same process for Vern.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sean english View Post
    Sure. Let me look it up. But you know all those hills hold birds. Just the population is low now. My cousin went out yesterday to our honey hole in the Sierras. He said we saw only one bird all day and decided to call it quits and have a barbeque. I told him to invite that one bird to dinner and sign a peace treaty with it too. Let it live and hopefully multiply for next season. I hate to be pessimistic but we are approaching end of December and have had very little rain so far. Tahoe barely has enough snow to ski on. Lets just hope that all mighty is saving it all for the next few months. Otherwise, ......... I don't want to even think of the otherwise scenario.
    I will send you those coordinates in the next few days. And yes I will empty my inbox. Its full of good emails from fellow hunters with good places to hunt. I hate to delete them.

    George: Take care of law school first. Then move to Sacramento. Then buy a house. Then buy dog. Then we will hunt seriously in Nevada together. Then we will go through the same process for Vern.
    Well I don't think I would be very good in law school but I have passed a bar or two. Give me a few more years in So Cal then I'll be moving up to Northern Utah and I will definitely be getting a gun dog ( probably a French Brittany). And yes , I understand it's a bad year for birds. It's turning into a scouting trip only with a gun. Right when they have you all dejected and your guard is down , that is when they will appear out of nowhere.

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    Yes a French Brittany!

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    Hey Sean,

    Nice to hear from you. Went to V this week and found no birds. Also went to two other spots close by and the Ord's and found none. I don't have a dog, but I walked all over the place. Interestingly, there were no rabbits or coyotes to be seen either. It was disappointing. What's going on? I understand that this is "a bad year for birds" but c'mon! Seems hard to believe since rabbits were completely missing also.....

    What are the bird experts saying?

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    One trip and done. Not enough birds to warrant hunting again this season in SoCal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elmacho View Post
    One trip and done. Not enough birds to warrant hunting again this season in SoCal.
    One trip and done? You're joking right?

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    congrats !

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    If the rest of of the season goes as dry as it has been going so far (one storm, some rain and some snow), we will have to go hunt them in Afghanistan or just give up hunting them all together. I am considering a new hobby. Maybe knitting or something.
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    Spent the day chasing red legs on Saturday and this was all I needed to see. Several stylish points and some crazy wild flushing birds. Never had a shot, as these were some savvy late season birds and not enough wind to give the dogs more that 30- 40 yards of sent. They were running and not stopping and flushing outside a 100 yards. What a great day in some amazing country though. Wish I could have dropped one for the dogs to make their day. The wife was with me and snapped this one, it just says Chukar to me.

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    Awesome picture Wing N'Shot! I cannot wait for my pup to point like this, sometime next year
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