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Old 09-09-2013, 11:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone! I am new to the forum and look forward to contributing! but i thought I would pick some brains, I am stoked for this years Chukar season however with 1 1/2 seasons under my belt I have been pretty unsuccessful I shot one bird last year! I feel like i hunted hard and explored a lot of new ground probably 15 to 20 days out last season. So my question is when you are hunting a new area what do you look for? and what do you stay away from? I know the basics steep, rocky, lots of cheatgrass and have found a couple coveys this way but are there certain area's you like to focus your efforts on? I have a 1 year old britt that would love to actually get on some birds this year! Thanks for any info you are willing to give!
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It's pretty easy,look up at the, find a spot that you say there is no way I'm going up there and then go there
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I look for those things you metioned as well as Chukar droppings and a water source. When people mention water or guzzlers that doesn't mean the birds will be sitting right next to them. Chukars are a ton of fun to hunt, they will test you and your dogs ability every trip. I can't count the times that I have hiked to the top of a steep, nasty mountain and found nothing, only to return to the very bottom and bump a covey of birds. They are devils!
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I usually look for areas with the characteristics you describe but before hiking up I'll sit and listen. A lot of times if they are anywhere near you'll hear them. They're calls carry pretty long distance.
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Check the guzzler map just to know where Chukar country is. I never find them near the guzzlers but it's more of a general area thing for scouting New places. I usually wait until it snows, easy to see sign and catch them on south facing areas. But it can take a couple years to figure out even a small area on what exactly the birds like to do and where they wanna be. Keep at it, I had Chukar fever a few years ago but beating myself up on death marches in the duck marsh is much more relaxing than chukar hunting.
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Old 09-10-2013, 01:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone! sounds like i just need to put some more miles on the boots! I do know the location of quite a few guzzler's and was planning on starting this season on the steepest nastiest hills in the general area of them. Yeah i have chukar fever pretty bad I am even considering skipping out on a day of my muzzy deer hunt for opening day of the devil birds!!
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Early season birds are fun, but I hate snakes so I will let it get cold before I head out. Good luck!
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Do you have a dog? You're behind the eight-ball if you don't.
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Old 09-10-2013, 01:56 PM   #9 (permalink)
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He says in the first post he has a britt--not technically a dog, definitely behind the eight-ball, better take up couch sittin instead. Only weenies hunt around guzzlers.
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:29 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Tex I do have a dog but im still behind the eight ball she is my first bird dog and we are both learning a lot!! I knew the Britt comments were going to come at some point bring em on! when I said general area of the guzzlers I meant general area the places I have been looking to start are about a mile away! I have never hunted around them before but this year Im going 100% weenie!
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