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Re: New hunter looking for Chukar
« Reply #25 on: October 18, 2016, 07:53:13 AM »


If buy bear paws maps and post them on here to help people not willing to put in time effort and money and never contribute info on here would that be ok?

Would those that criticize my actions be haters?


How about sharing your deer waterfowl and elk spots on here? :dunno:

I've had many good bird and water fowls ruined by trying to help people to lazy to spend the time money for gas to scout

I find the ones that want the handouts usually bring all their friends ruin a spot

I've been helping folks with hunting homing and fishing a spots 9 years nemo

How many have you helped :dunno:

I work for a living

I'm still laughing out loud  :chuckle:.
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Re: New hunter looking for Chukar
« Reply #26 on: October 18, 2016, 08:21:04 AM »
Ok. I am going to break all rules and give up a honey hole. Chukar hunting in Afghanistan!  If you want the GPS coordinates, PM me and I will share them. But I would recommend more than a shotgun! :yike:

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Re: New hunter looking for Chukar
« Reply #27 on: October 18, 2016, 10:03:52 AM »
For a new Chukar hunter I would recommend the Firing center if it is open right now. Nice roads and you can find some birds along the river and close to the I90 corridor.

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Re: New hunter looking for Chukar
« Reply #28 on: October 18, 2016, 11:09:03 AM »


If I buy one of  bear paw's maps and post them on here to help people not willing to put in time effort and money and never contribute info on here would that be ok?

Would those that criticize my actions be haters?


How about sharing your deer waterfowl and elk spots on here? :dunno:

I've had many good bird and water fowls ruined by trying to help people to lazy to spend the time money for gas to scout

I find the ones that want the handouts usually bring all their friends ruin a spot

I've been helping folks with hunting homing and fishing a spots 9 years nemo

How many have you helped :dunno:

I work for a living

I'm still laughing out loud  :chuckle:.

I have a job ergo I cannot scout

Ill have to use that one :chuckle:

and the roads on the firing center are good :tup:

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Re: New hunter looking for Chukar
« Reply #29 on: October 18, 2016, 11:20:41 AM »
I see that some folks haven't escaped the junior high "dogpile" mentality.  Sad.

Back to the OP.  You might very well find grouse in the same spots as chukars.  I have found blue grouse very close to chukars.

Anywhere in the Wenas is a good place to start out.  Look at all of the ridges between Eburg and Selah.  That is what good chukar habitat looks like.  Extrapolate this to the Wenas and go for a hike.

Also, 5 shot is fine for partridge in general.  I shoot #6s out of a 16 gauge now, but in the past I pretty much shot #5s out of my 12 gauge for everything.

Take lots of water for the dogs, and make sure you are giving them breaks on a regular basis.  It's really easy to burn out a dog way too fast in that type of country.  If you rest them and give them plenty of water, you'll have a lot more dog on your hunt.

Also, do a search on the internet, there are some good chukar blogs out there that will give you lots of information.  Other than the steepness of the terrain, you'll notice that good chukar habitat in the Great Basin looks strikingly similar to good habitat in the Columbia Basin.
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Re: New hunter looking for Chukar
« Reply #30 on: October 18, 2016, 02:20:32 PM »
Take lots of water for the dogs, and make sure you are giving them breaks on a regular basis.  It's really easy to burn out a dog way too fast in that type of country.  If you rest them and give them plenty of water, you'll have a lot more dog on your hunt.

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Re: New hunter looking for Chukar
« Reply #31 on: October 18, 2016, 02:53:09 PM »
The responses to this thread are a little  a lot ridiculous. If they keep up I'll go ahead and clean it up and do some nuking. Let's not go there.
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Re: New hunter looking for Chukar
« Reply #32 on: October 18, 2016, 03:03:07 PM »
JLS mentioned a couple terrain features to look for which is super helpful but if a person doesn't know what Rimrock is its sort of another thing to chase.  Or cheat grass to Eastside it's a known pain in the dogs ears to wets ideas not as much.

Sometimes we might think we are spoon feeding when really we are handing over a bunch of time googling terminology.

So in that vein is Rimrock the same as basalt fields?

I am not much help I used to see chucks back in the 90's all around the Eburg-yak hills.  My last stint in eburg I saw one chuck in 4 years.
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Re: New hunter looking for Chukar
« Reply #33 on: October 18, 2016, 03:10:08 PM »
Just want to say one more time thanks to everyone actually offering some tips.  This is all useful and between this, google earth, my HuntX maps, and talking to the local WDFW station there I think I've got enough for a start.  Again, I really do appreciate it.

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Re: New hunter looking for Chukar
« Reply #34 on: October 18, 2016, 03:14:43 PM »
The responses to this thread are a little  a lot ridiculous. If they keep up I'll go ahead and clean it up and do some nuking. Let's not go there.

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Re: New hunter looking for Chukar
« Reply #35 on: October 18, 2016, 03:15:56 PM »
JLS mentioned a couple terrain features to look for which is super helpful but if a person doesn't know what Rimrock is its sort of another thing to chase.  Or cheat grass to Eastside it's a known pain in the dogs ears to wets ideas not as much.

Sometimes we might think we are spoon feeding when really we are handing over a bunch of time googling terminology.

So in that vein is Rimrock the same as basalt fields?

I am not much help I used to see chucks back in the 90's all around the Eburg-yak hills.  My last stint in eburg I saw one chuck in 4 years.

Good point run, and a good reminder that what seems intuitive to some is confusing as heck to others.  Yes and no to your question.  In the Wenas area you are indeed looking for basalt fields, columns and cliffs.  In other areas they may be granite escarpments.  The important thing to know is that chukars like to roost on rock bluffs and cliffs.
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Re: New hunter looking for Chukar
« Reply #36 on: October 18, 2016, 03:24:16 PM »
Thanks for that bit.  That information is super helpful. 
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Re: New hunter looking for Chukar
« Reply #37 on: October 18, 2016, 03:44:06 PM »
Finding an area that holds chukars can be a time consuming task, but is a rewarding experience if you have the right frame of mind. Two of the best ways I know of are to scout with your ears, and to hunt after an early snow when tracks are visible. Chukars are vocal birds and their “chuk chuk chuk” can often be heard from a distance in open country. (After you’ve hunted them all day to no avail, you will understand they’re actually laughing at your folly of trying to get in range.)

http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/upland_birds/chukar.html
http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/chukar

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Re: New hunter looking for Chukar
« Reply #38 on: October 18, 2016, 04:02:20 PM »
The WDFW website is a tremendous scouting tool. According to harvest data on that website, Yakima, Asotin and Chelan counties are on average the top three counties for chukar harvest; Douglas, Kittitas and Okanogan counties do very well, too. Match those harvest figures with the described habitat for chukars with the WDFW Public Hunting Areas on the website and other public land and...GOLLY, I think I'll try hunting there!

I've used this match game for years with other species and it seems to work fairly well.
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Re: New hunter looking for Chukar
« Reply #39 on: October 18, 2016, 04:35:49 PM »
"In today's instant gratification society, more and more pressure revolves around success...."


words to live by :tup: 

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Re: New hunter looking for Chukar
« Reply #40 on: October 18, 2016, 04:38:09 PM »
"In today's instant gratification society, more and more pressure revolves around success...."


words to live by :tup: 

Other words to live by:
"Don't fall into the trap"
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Re: New hunter looking for Chukar
« Reply #41 on: October 18, 2016, 05:12:45 PM »
"In today's instant gratification society, more and more pressure revolves around success...."


words to live by :tup: 

Other words to live by:
"Don't fall into the trap"
 :tup:Nuke the topic!

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Re: New hunter looking for Chukar
« Reply #42 on: October 18, 2016, 05:23:13 PM »
"In today's instant gratification society, more and more pressure revolves around success...."


words to live by :tup: 

Other words to live by:
"Don't fall into the trap"
 :tup:
Nuke the topic!

Why would I do that?
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Re: New hunter looking for Chukar
« Reply #43 on: October 18, 2016, 05:40:36 PM »
Best advice I can give you about chukar hunting is more about your dog's and less about terrain. Make sure your dog's are in good shape, this includes their pads. Keep them trained all year and have fun. My first season of chukar hunting I didn't get a single bird and the only reason I get them now is because of my dogs. I don't find them the dogs do.

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Re: New hunter looking for Chukar
« Reply #44 on: October 18, 2016, 05:45:42 PM »
Jaybird, stop giving away all your secrets!  Everyone else is... :chuckle:

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Re: New hunter looking for Chukar
« Reply #45 on: October 18, 2016, 05:59:40 PM »
Google is your friend. Here is an article. Yep....its outdated by years.....but it may give you some starting off points to take further.

http://nwsportsmanmag.com/headlines/2012-washington-upland-bird-forecast/
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Re: New hunter looking for Chukar
« Reply #46 on: October 18, 2016, 06:07:53 PM »
Wow. Even the moderators are involved now.

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Re: New hunter looking for Chukar
« Reply #47 on: October 18, 2016, 06:11:44 PM »
This one has a catchy name..........

http://www.chukartalk.com/where.html

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Re: New hunter looking for Chukar
« Reply #48 on: October 19, 2016, 07:06:24 AM »
Take first aid for your dog's. Exspect major pad issues. And don't think you can just carry your dog out. Water bring 40 Oz just for the dog.

 Exspect to walk 10 to 15 miles or how every long your dog last.

Be extremely careful with your dog around cliffs. It it like to chase Birds chukar's have lead a few off cliffs. Take a leash.b

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Re: New hunter looking for Chukar
« Reply #49 on: October 19, 2016, 07:44:36 AM »
Wow. Even the moderators are involved now.
Tagging along, this one and few others have everyone's attention, maybe it's the moon.
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