• Category Archives Bird Hunting
  • Chukar Hunt with Django

    Had a great chukar hunt with Django in Southeast Idaho. Django really zips up and down the hills effortlessly and does a nice job slamming on point on wild birds. Here is a picture of him after a nice retrieve waiting for me to take the bird from him.

    We love chukar hunting. The challenge of the hills, the weather and a hard flying crafty bird make for a good hunt every time.

    A wise man once said, “You hunt chukars once for fun, then its for revenge.” He is right. Chukar hunting is war.

  • Thinking about the upcoming season

    Bird season is over; the dogs are resting on their beds in the corner, their feet healed up from our closing week quail safari in New Mexico. I have a little downtime before training season is here. But tonight, I am looking forward to turkey season! I broke out my vest and the calls and started honing my quite gentle hen speak. I miss the company of the dogs during the spring turkey hunts, but there is something magical about calling a big old gobbler within shotgun (or bow) range. The anticipation is like the suspended excitement I get during a point on sharp-tails, but it lasts much longer. I may have a hard time getting to sleep tonight, thinking about the upcoming season. -Chris

    Waiting on that quiet, wary tom. I know he's coming.
    Waiting on that quiet, wary tom. I know he’s coming.

  • New Mexico Quail Safari

    Pointer on scaled quail, New Mexico
    Pointer on scaled quail, New Mexico
    Scaled quail

    My good buddy Bruce invited me to go to New Mexico for the closing week of the scaled quail season. After spending most of the season trying to get my knee healed up after surgery, I was ready for a good bird hunt. The blue quail numbers in New Mexico this year were reported to be really high. Man, were they right! The numbers were as good as advertised. Scaled quail, similar to Gambel’s quail at the end of the season can be hard to hunt because they are very wary and run like little track stars. You have to make sure you have your running shoes on if you are going to get a covey broken to have any kind of pointing dog work. That said, we had a ball and were able to shoot limits several of the days we hunted and come home with our full possession limit. I hunted both my pointer and my lab and had some great dog work. I felt like both did equally well. There were advantages and disadvantages with each hunting style, large running pointer vs. tight working flushing retriever. I am hoping the great state of New Mexico invites us back next year, cause I am planing on it.  -Chris

  • Hungarian Partridge Hunting

    Sharp-tail sunset

    This afternoon Sam and I went after Hungarian partridges (huns). There was a fresh snow on the ground and a sharp crisp feel to the air. Right off the bat we had a beautiful point, but it turned out to be a pair of sharp-tailed grouse. We smiled at the horizon as they flew off, then we turned to find more game. Max, my pointer didn’t miss a beat, he just headed off for the next find. The sunset was striking. Sam thought we were on a quest for Mordor.  -Chris