Pierce and Dave came out for a day of wingshooting, taking advantage of this balmy December weather to chase the wiley Chukar partridge. It’s pretty amazing to be hiking the sage brush plateaus and basalt rimmed canyons in shirt sleeves and trail boots on December 1! The hike for “phase 1″ was a big plateau with steep drop offs and fingers on all sides. Not far out of the truck, Torrie the English Setter, went on point and had Dave on the run, only to find the birds had run up and slipped out on us way out ahead.
A mile further up and Sallie was on point only to encounter the same thing – running birds that gave us the slip somehwere. Both of these points had come on big, fairly open flats, which is tough ground to get Chukar to hold tight in – especially with no snow!
We circled back around to the trucks and decided to move to a different area of the ranch. The new area had not been hunted since the second week of the season, so we hoped we’d encounter some less “cagey” birds. We were not to be disappointed, as not only did we find some, but Pierce displayed some true skill in calmly knocking down a sweet double!
While the shooting was not fast and furious, this was truly a great day in the field. We got some great exercise, saw some beautiful country, and chased what many would feel is the most difficult bird in the world to hunt in their natural terrain. To top it off we saw a nice herd of Big Horn rams and a couple of beautiful Mulie bucks on our way back in! Good company in a beautiful setting – is there a better way to spend a day? Just to be able to get out and do this is a tribute to good health, pure sportsmanship, and a strong connection to nature.