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#213405 01/16/11 02:45 AM
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I needed to get out there today. Hadn't been in over a week. I headed for a place I'd been only once before. With all the rain we've had in CA, I was wondering if the roads were passible. Turns out they were and Jas and I found chukar twice. I only took one. But I had a good day.

First covey we busted coming round a corner on the road to the high ground. I didn't think any chukar would be that low, but there they were. I got a long shot and missed.

The second covey was up on the high country after we'd been driving a while. We were nearing a known guzzler and I saw just two chukar coming over the ridge in front of us. I watched them cross about 80 yrds in front of us and then they went over the ridge and down a canyon (nothing surprising there). We took out after them, skirting the north side of the canyon and going about 1/4 mile down this canyon. Probably dropped about 400 feet in that distance. Jas was really getting busy and I was thinking those two birds were about to flush. She was about 35 yrds below me and about 20 yrds from the bottom. I was ready when they flushed. But it was a covey of about 20 birds! I dropped one immediately. Missed the second shot.

That's my Parker Repro 28g.




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Nice job and it looks so good on the plate.
Never had chukkar.

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Great stuff Chuck and thanks for the pics!!! smile
Are you still going to get those 410 barrels for the 28 gauge Parker?
And......Sweet gun!!

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Perfect!

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Chuck good story and hunting! Is your friend Pointing Lab?


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Chuck H #213418 01/16/11 07:54 AM
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Geno,
No, she's a flushing dog. But at just over 5 yrs, she is getting very good. Her use of her nose has really developed over the yrs but this year her use of her nose is very dramatic.

Treblig,
Tony and Lou said to my friend deliveries have started, . 410 barrels will be the second gauge to be delivered per them, not the last as they had initially planned.

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Chuck H #213427 01/16/11 08:42 AM
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Neat! Havnt hunted Chukars, except preserve birds, for a good while.Last time was up around Susanville, and I needed to call in airstrikes on em..tough hunting, but fun...Great day for you, great gun and dog as well...Thanks

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Chuck,
Looks like a great time the dinner looks top notch. I know this isn't the food forum but want to share your recipe?
Kirk

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Kirk,
It was a simple olive oil, poultry seasoning, salt, pepper and bake for 40 min at 400F. If I had more time, I would brine 24-48 hrs with some citrus in the mix too. The legs were tough. The little 'muffins' are a package stuffing mix with fresh celery, onion, garlic, cranberry and seasoning, that my wife whipped up in a hurry...really tasty, especially the cranberrys that gave it a tart/sweetness.

Chuck,
Mikey thinks hunting chukar grows big legs and shrinks your head. I think he may be right.

some pics of the area. The hills in the last two pics are the scarpline from the San Andreas Fault that runs thru there.







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How do you pluck the birds? I can pluck chickens but not gamebirds - the skin always comes off.

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