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Chukar partridge hunt will begin this Saturday

Wildlife Resources has planted 200 chukars in Southeastern Utah.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, chukar hunters in southeast Utah will begin a long-awaiting event-- the opening of the annual chukar partridge hunt. Southeast Utah is home to one of the most prolific, cagey and delicious upland game species in the state.

In order to make opening weekend much more attractive to hunters of all ages, Division of Wildlife Resources biologists will have planted 200 pen-raised chukars throughout a number of locations in Castle Country, immediately before the hunt. Stocking locations include the Gordon Creek Wildlife Management Area west of Price; the Farnum Road, southeast of Wellington; the south side of Cedar Mountain near the Jim Wilson Reservoir; the upland area adjacent to Millsite State Park; and finally Miller's Canyon, east of the town of Emery.

The truckload of 200 chukars will augment an earlier release of 200 birds, which were planted during the youth chukar hunt a week earlier.

Pen-raised birds and existing wild populations are expected to provide opportunities for shots and chukars in the bag. This may help even the playing field, where chukars have at a distinct advantage, relying on their instinctive wariness, camouflage and forbidding terrain. Prime chukar habitat is steep, rocky terrain, where they scramble around rocks and boulders to escape danger. They would rather run than flush front of a hunter, which would provide an easier target for the wing shooter.

A chukar's only weakness is its gregarious nature. They will sometimes give away their location by responding to commercially made calls. Besides the advantage offered by artificial calls, a bird dog can help immeasurably by locating recently used trails and coveys of birds. Well-trained dogs will allow the gun handler to get into position, before plunging in to flush the covey.

Youth hunters, who are 15 years of age or younger, need to be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or an adult who is 21 years of age or older and has been approved by the child's parents or guardian. Hunters of all ages are required to have a valid hunting or combination license on their person.

For More Information, contact Brad Crompton, wildlife biologist at: 435-820-8921




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