Agree with the above comments on chukar. I use 7’s (not 7 1/2’s but actually English 6’s). 1 oz loads at high velocity in a 12 ga works well for me.
Sounds wonderful Velo Dog, yes try to raise them. I kept a covey af African quail in an aviary, the most prolific layers and breeders, and pickled quail eggs are divine.Chukar ?
In case you know anyone who gives a red haired rat’s tail, chukar happen to be ol’ Velo Dog’s favorite game bird.
They are “true flyers” = they rise and then level off, very similar to pheasant.
This in direct conflict to the whipping this way and that, such as, wood cock, ruffed grouse and quail often do in thick cover.
Since Chukar seem to have originated in the Middle East, I strongly suspect they are the “Biblical Quail” described in the book of Exodus.
Anywhooo, I have shot these in Nevada and California with 12, 16 and 28 gauge guns.
In this case, all side by sides.
My favorite for chukar (and pheasant) has always been 16 bore / #6 shot in the open choke barrel and #4 in the tight choke barrel.
At any rate, IMO chukar are soft / not difficult to crumple, except at longer ranges, where #4 lead from a full choke is quite handy.
Also, chukar are wonderful eating fowl, wonderful indeed they are.
If I am ever blessed to own a farm, I should like to raise Chukar as one would raise common chickens, and enjoy both the meat and the eggs as well.
Compared to spruce grouse, chukar flesh is light of color and much more in flavor than many other birds.
I have enjoyed them skewered on a stick, roasted over a sage fire, stewed in a crock pot with shallots and various seasonings, and simmered until tender, deboned and the stock made into gravy, the whole affair served with biscuits on top as “chukar and dumplings”.
I have hunted chukars in Nevada, California, Oregon, Idaho and Washington state. I often find Hungarian partridge, valley quail, and blue grouse in many of the same areas while chukar hunting. Can make for a heavy bag and a lot of fun.That sounds like chukar all right! Run up, fly down. Some of the areas I hunted them in Wyoming had Hungarian or grey partridge as well. Makes for a very interesting day.
Very interesting.Velodog, I still think that the birds in the Exodus are more like quails, for one reason: during the migration, they are easy to get with a torch and a net. In Turkey, poachers just beat them with sticks, and they are very cheap in the market. Any partridge is more difficult to get, just less of it, although during the hunt for quail, along the way-why not. The net is about a foot or two in diameter, without a bag. Previously, a bell was used in Georgia, allegedly it lured birds. Now, of course, electronic decoys, or just open the doors in the car and record the voice at full power on audio equipment.
I have hunted chukars in Nevada, California, Oregon, Idaho and Washington state. I often find Hungarian partridge, valley quail, and blue grouse in many of the same areas while chukar hunting. Can make for a heavy bag and a lot of fun.
Yes, they run like desert quail, fly down and around the hills and ridges, offering tricky shooting. I often find them on public land with very little hunting pressure. These birds are a great resource for the Western bird hunter.
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