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Posted: 25 November 2017 at 6:03pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Clark and I headed for a high, steep ridge today. We climbed for a good hour, gaining over 1,000' from where I'd parked the Jeep. Up top, among the mountain mulies, we got into chukar!

What a great dog! Without him, it would have been just a hike. As it was, we came home with two nice chukar for tonight's dinner. Also saw a golden eagle, at least a dozen mule deer, and more than a dozen bighorn sheep. It was a good day.

The 12 ga Beretta isn't pretty, but it's the shotgun I shoot best:


Clark worked hard and had a blast today:


You're pointing birds where? Good grief!


If you've never hunted wild chukar - they thrive on high, steep terrain. We climbed well over a thousand feet from where I'd parked the Jeep. Could have shot more, but somehow two seemed like enough. No other boot tracks seen. No spent shell casings. Just a crazy steep ridge that required me to use one hand as well as both legs to climb, some wildlife, and more than a few chukar. What a great day!

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Posted: 25 November 2017 at 6:29pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

Pretty country and you are a way, way better man than I.
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Posted: 25 November 2017 at 6:39pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Rex wrote:
Pretty country and you are a way, way better man than I.


Oh, I don't think I'm a better man, I just live in steep country, and am addicted to chasing these doggone chukar birds.

The dog cheats. He has four wheel drive, and a low center of gravity... Even he was pretty tired by the end of the hunt today. I was looking at him, wondering if I could ride him back to the jeep!

Since he's about 60 pounds, and I'm 225, I didn't think that would work so well...

Just looked at the map, I knew it was quite a climb. Dog and I climbed over 1,400' from where I parked the Jeep. We didn't find chukar until we were almost at the top!

I have to use steel shot here, even for upland game. It's a legal requirement.

I use #6 steel (Kent brand normally) and a modified choke on the Beretta 12 ga.

BTW - dinner was great! Leftover mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving, and fresh chukar fried in the skillet with olive oil, a dash of salt, pretty heavy on the pepper and garlic. YUM!

Guy



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Posted: 28 November 2017 at 10:25am | IP Logged Quote M700

Dog and I got another one yesterday afternoon.

Much easier terrain, still steep, but not mountain-goat country! We only got into one covey of chukar, and I only took one shot. Then it was a nice, long walk back to the Jeep.

I worry 'bout the dog out there sometimes. Coyotes. Wolves. Mountain lion. Bears...

Sometimes he gets a ways out from me if he's hot on the scent of a covey of chukar that are moving out, on foot.

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I enjoy seeing your photos Guy!

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Posted: 28 November 2017 at 12:32pm | IP Logged Quote Ham Gunner

Oh yea. Guy, the pictures are great. I just wish I still had the physical ability to follow you around a bit. I used to make all the younger guys i knew feel old from my stamina and endurance.

In actuality, most were likely not ever really in good shape and I was and kept active and did maintain my physical shape up until about my late 50's when my back and hips started giving me heck. I got lazy, from not wanting to feel the pain I guess, and slowly got fattened up a bit.

Great to see all the pictures and read about your excursions into the wild.

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Posted: 07 December 2017 at 5:05pm | IP Logged Quote M700

And a no-chukar day today in the snow. Good day afield though with son & dog:



Clark REALLY likes snow:






Couple of advantages to finding no birds: a box of shells lasts longer... And there are no birds to clean...   

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Got into a mess of quail yesterday! Must have flushed 100 of them, or more.

I managed to shoot... One...

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Midnight snack Guy!

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Ya, that's about all a single quail is big enough for, a snack!
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