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Offline Lee Root

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A Hun of a day.
« on: October 24, 2014, 09:10:36 PM »

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Re: A Hun of a day.
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2014, 09:14:35 PM »
Looks like a happy dog, I'm hoping to hunt on your side of the mountains soon.

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Re: A Hun of a day.
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2014, 09:16:56 PM »

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Re: A Hun of a day.
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2014, 10:38:58 PM »
Ah lee your killing me,  :chuckle:

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Re: A Hun of a day.
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2014, 10:29:52 AM »
So, what's the secret to hunting these wary little birds?  I hunted over by the Snake River on Thursday and Friday and I found both coveys in the middle of fields and they jumped me at 50 plus yards each time.  No real good chances for a shot?  I am determined to get one though just need to figure them out.

Congrats at bagging some nice birds!

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Re: A Hun of a day.
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2014, 02:05:00 PM »
Lee lets the dog catch them. Look at the pictures, he is busy taking pictures during the flush so his stellar pup had to run it down and catch it. Look at the other picture that hun is still alive so the dog must have caught it while Lee was running the camera  :chuckle:.

In all seriousness the only huns I have ever shot were late in the year in about a foot of snow. Early they are generally a little more flighty from the little experience I have. They are fun little birds, good luck guys.

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Re: A Hun of a day.
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2014, 03:47:08 PM »
Mark them down and get on them before they covey up again,they are a bit more cooperative once busted up into singles.If you have to bust them up as many times as it takes to get them near the riparian cover near the edges of the stubble.I've busted the same covey half a dozen times before I got a successful discharge.Perserverance and grit is what wins out on the little red devils.They are a 1/4 mile radius bird,meaning they have a home range of 320 acres,you can find them again if you go back.Chukars are the same.Pheasants are where they are and are the least predictable.I always survey a hun covey flush and if there are only half a dozen birds give them a free pass and let them go.I saw alot of different coveys last week deer hunting,most had 12 or more birds,one covey had 8 and one was but just a pair.They need lots of eyes to survive.Good luck next time out!
So, what's the secret to hunting these wary little birds?  I hunted over by the Snake River on Thursday and Friday and I found both coveys in the middle of fields and they jumped me at 50 plus yards each time.  No real good chances for a shot?  I am determined to get one though just need to figure them out.

Congrats at bagging some nice birds!

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Re: A Hun of a day.
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2014, 07:03:59 PM »
Lee. If you live in Omak I am sure you are familiar with desert canyon golf course. These little guys were running along the driving range while I was playing golf. They are moving, of have moved into the state in a big way. We hit a good size covey at 2200 feet opening day. Some days we catch them in the lower lands. They have adapter to chukar habitat and have adapted to eating bugs and cheat grass. The Huns located In the prairies of Montana and the Dakotas are generally a little larger so I have found, and eating wheat / bugs / corn. Corn being the food that fattens them up. Once you bust them up they are  VERY tough to get a second chance. Good times, great photos. I have to share one from a few years back.

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Re: A Hun of a day.
« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2014, 07:25:51 PM »
Huns are my favorite bird to hunt. I've always found it easier to get shots after I have bumped them once.
I shot two today while hunting mostly for pheasants. Really pretty bird.

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Re: A Hun of a day.
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2014, 10:35:17 AM »
Love hunting Huns. Been finding them in the wheat stubble this year and I agree with you guys the singles are easier to get.

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Re: A Hun of a day.
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2014, 01:40:55 PM »
Look who found his way to the forum! This is Matt.

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What's up Matt? You need to get out to the East Side and chase some chukar with me.

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Re: A Hun of a day.
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2014, 10:03:35 PM »
One of my best pictures of Cass with a Hungarian.


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Re: A Hun of a day.
« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2014, 10:06:04 PM »
Another favorite of Cass with a Hun and ice on her beard. 


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Re: A Hun of a day.
« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2014, 10:09:33 PM »
Addy  with one.


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Re: A Hun of a day.
« Reply #14 on: October 27, 2014, 10:11:29 PM »
A nice even mixed bag.

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Re: A Hun of a day.
« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2014, 08:06:10 PM »
Great pictures Lee, even one with a gun. Does that mean the  dogs do not do all the work on every trip  :chuckle:.

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Re: A Hun of a day.
« Reply #16 on: October 28, 2014, 09:55:31 PM »
Yeah, I shoot a few. I just realized that the gun in the picture is not mine, but a friends. Mine has a few dings and the stock is glued back together just behind the trigger guard. I had it fly out of my hand and end up at the bottom of a 20 foot cliff.  It still shoots...



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Re: A Hun of a day.
« Reply #17 on: October 29, 2014, 09:49:08 PM »
Nice birds gentlemen, that's the first time I've seen a Hun up next to a Chukar.  They are a teeny bit smaller.  How about the taste difference between the two?  I've heard that Huns are quite good eating.  Looking forward to getting one of those little buggers next time out.

Keep at it guys!

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Re: A Hun of a day.
« Reply #18 on: October 30, 2014, 06:06:09 PM »
I love hunting huns.  They are a bit easier to bring down than chukars, and they do have the bad habit of staying put where they land after they are flushed.  Not too difficult if you pay attention.  Like chukars, if they fly around a ridge, they'll be around the corner on the other side about the same elevation. 




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Re: A Hun of a day.
« Reply #19 on: October 30, 2014, 06:15:20 PM »
Huns are one of the few uplands other than the quail that is doing well in the north central part of the state. At least from my observations they are doing well here.

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Re: A Hun of a day.
« Reply #20 on: October 30, 2014, 09:07:51 PM »

Not so  well in the mouth of this fellow.  Dinner last night was two huns.. This was a  cripple that he caught. I went to take a picture of Gage pointing the  cripple and it had enough steam to try to  fly another 15 feet, but with Gage on its heels,  this was the result. 



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Re: A Hun of a day.
« Reply #21 on: November 01, 2014, 09:32:04 PM »
I am sure there are 100 posts about the guns you guys are using, just wanted to ask 101. What are you Hun and Chukar hunters packing? I got a BPS 12. Heavy, but it shoots straight enough.
Well, I didn't drive 13 hours just to shoot once!

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Re: A Hun of a day.
« Reply #22 on: November 02, 2014, 06:51:54 AM »
I am sure there are 100 posts about the guns you guys are using, just wanted to ask 101. What are you Hun and Chukar hunters packing? I got a BPS 12. Heavy, but it shoots straight enough.

Nothing the matter with your BPS; I have one in 16Ga. that I occasionally pack. I love the 16Ga.; so I normally pack a DeHaan SXS or one of two Remington pumps in that gauge. However, my last Huns were taken with a Weatherby semi-auto in 28 Ga.; light and deadly with 3/4OZ. of #6's.

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Re: A Hun of a day.
« Reply #23 on: November 09, 2014, 12:30:43 PM »
Ace was on fire yesterday. We hit 8-9 coveys from small to large. Huns and chukar plentiful!

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Re: A Hun of a day.
« Reply #24 on: November 13, 2014, 09:59:09 AM »
Dogs had a great day. Found a few coveys of huns and quail.

 

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