HuntingNut
HuntingNut
   Login or Register
HomeCommunity ForumsPhoto AlbumsRegister
     
 

User Info

Welcome Anonymous


Membership:
Latest: Left-eye
New Today: 0
New Yesterday: 0
Overall: 12441

People Online:
Members: 1
Visitors: 143
BOT: 4
Total: 148
Who Is Where:
 Members:
01: dhc4ever > Forums
 Visitors:
01: Photo Albums
02: Forums
03: Your Account
04: Forums
05: Forums
06: Forums
07: Forums
08: Forums
09: Forums
10: Forums
11: Photo Albums
12: Photo Albums
13: Forums
14: Forums
15: Photo Albums
16: Forums
17: Forums
18: Forums
19: Forums
20: Your Account
21: Forums
22: Forums
23: Forums
24: Your Account
25: Forums
26: Photo Albums
27: Forums
28: Forums
29: Forums
30: Forums
31: Photo Albums
32: Photo Albums
33: Forums
34: Forums
35: Forums
36: Photo Albums
37: Forums
38: Forums
39: Forums
40: News
41: Forums
42: Forums
43: Forums
44: Photo Albums
45: Photo Albums
46: Forums
47: Forums
48: Forums
49: Forums
50: Photo Albums
51: Forums
52: Forums
53: Forums
54: Photo Albums
55: Forums
56: Forums
57: Photo Albums
58: Forums
59: Forums
60: Forums
61: Forums
62: Forums
63: Your Account
64: Forums
65: Forums
66: Forums
67: Forums
68: Forums
69: News
70: Photo Albums
71: Photo Albums
72: Forums
73: Forums
74: Home
75: Forums
76: Photo Albums
77: Photo Albums
78: Forums
79: Forums
80: Forums
81: Forums
82: Forums
83: Forums
84: Forums
85: Forums
86: Forums
87: Forums
88: Photo Albums
89: Photo Albums
90: Forums
91: Forums
92: Forums
93: Forums
94: Photo Albums
95: Forums
96: Forums
97: Forums
98: Forums
99: Forums
100: Your Account
101: Forums
102: Forums
103: Forums
104: Forums
105: Forums
106: Forums
107: Forums
108: Forums
109: Forums
110: Forums
111: Forums
112: Forums
113: Forums
114: Forums
115: Photo Albums
116: Forums
117: Forums
118: Forums
119: Photo Albums
120: Forums
121: Forums
122: Forums
123: Forums
124: Forums
125: Forums
126: Photo Albums
127: Forums
128: Photo Albums
129: Forums
130: Forums
131: Forums
132: Forums
133: Forums
134: Forums
135: Forums
136: Forums
137: Photo Albums
138: Forums
139: Forums
140: Forums
141: Forums
142: Forums
143: Forums
  BOT:
01: Photo Albums
02: Forums
03: Home
04: Photo Albums

Staff Online:

No staff members are online!
 

Coppermine Stats
Photo Albums
 Albums: 301
 Pictures: 2358
  · Views: 285083
  · Votes: 1297
  · Comments: 86
 

Support our Advertisers

Round 6: Devil Birds
Small Game hunting related discussion
Go to page 1, 2  Next
Post new topic   Reply to topic   Printer Friendly Page    Forum Index » Small Game Hunting

View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
stovepipe
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: Sep 25, 2008
Posts: 4791
Location: Pine, Az.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:02 pm    Post subject: Round 6: Devil Birds Reply with quote

Chukar, Red Legged partridge, I call them: Devil Birds.

Ever seen one?

They freaking look like the devil and they live in hell.

Our Saturday breaks pretty and clear, going to be a warm one. Drive around and hit some spots, nothing, no quail. It's late in the season, smart ones have moved on and we've gotten all the dumb one's.

Well time to get out and start kicking bushes. Try out the new SARPA 20 gauge, 20" pump too! Gun's a joy to carry, shoots nice, but all we are seeing is Jack's.

So up and down the washes we go, in and out of bowls and side canyons when all of a sudden....*chuck-chuck-chuck*

Freeze....

I'm 50+ yards from my partner and trying to zero where that sound is coming from. He's got a lock on it and it's on his side of this canyon so it's off to get some. We hang out at the bottom of this monster rock pile of a mountain and wait for a sign or sound. He sees one up there a couple hundred feet, then another boils out of the rocks and we are now climbing.

Unless you've ever been chukar hunting before in the California/Nevada desert mountains and basalt mesa's well, lets just say it's not super easy. They roost in the steepest, rockiest, gnarliest terrain known to man. HUGE rock slides filled with evil stuff. Mountain climbers? Avoid this terrain for a reason. Birds love it. Guns get beaten to splinters and rusted scabs, shins, knees and elbows get broken, snakes galore at times, not a chance a dog could have made this one but man are they good to have on others.....it's a peach of a hunt and you could seriously die with one wrong step. But I got this gun exactly just for this stuff, the birds are big and man are they good. So it's on.
I also left my heavy-loads in the truck because we were shopping for quail. Oops! Oh well, better get close and lett'em have it all.

We are scrambling up this 40 degree, boulder festooned mountain now on all 3's, Here come more birds bubbling up out of holes in these van sized boulders up more from us, big fat suckers and they're just merrily hopping along on massive slab faces. I'm not in range yet but my partner is. He waits for me to get up there and one busts and he pop's it twice. It's going to cross in front of me so I get ready with one foot 2 feet higher than the other standing on points, heart pounding in my ears.

It's a right crosser, 20 yards out, 10 yards up and it's starting to dive around a corner- I'm full of #8 shot, kind of light but, if I get all 3 rounds, or parts of, in this sucker I can finish him and he's dinner. So I get on it and *boom*, rack-...and mega-jamb. First bird I get on with this new gun and it double-feeds. What? Epic major malf and I go into clear-it mode. Swearing, sweating, wanting to toss the gun at the birds.

Ahhhh, the New Gun Blues.

We watch it flapping, then it tucks, rolls over and woohoo! Sucker is going down. A long way down, 300' at least. I mark it best I can and watch helplessly as more big fat birds boil out of rocks within range while I try and finagle my third round back into the magazine with my pinky, holding my gun over my head so the second round will fall out while balancing on a hillside and my partner goes off to find the flyer that took off around the corner because it looked like it was a goner. He's stoked, I'm trying not to slice my finger off in the ejection port trying like heck to feed round #3 back in the mag and not fall off the face of the planet while shaking my shotty over my head. Round #3 finally catches the magazine pawl and- doink! Round #2 finally drops out on my noggin', yippee! I'm clear.

I grab the dropped round, *snick-chack-chack* I'm back in business but the birds are trotting up this mountain like it's nothing leaving me in the dust to pick around giant boulders, massive holes they just hop over that you do NOT want to fall into or drop a leg into and snap a femur or grab a snake coming out for the sun. I quit climbing and go back down to help look for the flyer as it looked like it was a total goner. After 30 or 40 minutes going up and down this thing over and over I can only come to two conclusions. We marked his fall wrong or he got a couple wing beats in before burning in and made a ground-getaway. These birds go almost 2 pounds in a good year so, they can take some punishment. We scour the base of this mountain again and that's that, no blood, feathers, nothing. I had 6 perfect walkers within bustin' range just saunter off casually while I fiddled with my gun. Such is life w/ new machines.

So we are standing there, panting, looking at each other, that was just too many birds to not go back up after. So we do, all the way up this time. The top gets super gnarly in giant pointed red/black basalt. This stuff looks like a jagged black glacier field with van sized pointed boulders that rock when you step on them and all the stupid things land edges up when they peel off the rim above. If you've ever scrambled along on an ocean break-wall and gotten stuck and had to back-track around a hole too big to leap then you know the terrain, now, slant it all 50 or 60 degrees.
You fall? You are done. So, hop onto something solid or be prepared to take a long ride down on your new all terrain vehicle (aka: house sized rock).

We stop listen, hear some calls, get on with the chase but- as birds do, they disappeared. We summit this monster and soak in the view. I've got a picture coming from the halfway point so... it was the only place we could stop and shoot. Wicked cool climbing and serious epic views.

The rest of the day I had no issues with the new gun busting Jack's and stuff so I chalk the malf up to being a new gun, but...now I got the Devil Bird bug again, a pocket full of 1 ounce #6 20 gauge shot shells and the perfect gun for it too (yes it got scarred and scratched...).

Stay tuned for next weeks episode! Happy New Year!

BEWARE THE DEVIL BIRD!


Weeeeeeeeeeeeee!



chuk_r2m55520.jpg
 Description:
 Filesize:  33.97 KB
 Viewed:  4100 Time(s)

chuk_r2m55520.jpg

Back to top
View user's profile
DallanC
Site Admin
Site Admin


Joined: Jan 18, 2005
Posts: 3120
Location: Utah

PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 4:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Round 6: Devil Birds Reply with quote

Oh yes... we have those here and they are quite properly named "Devil Birds". This is a neat write up, I enjoyed it. Another terrible bird here are "Huns", or Hungarian Partridge. Similar to Chukkar, very frustrating to hunt.

One of my favorite chukkar pictures, came from a guy this past summer who heard a noise in a nearby abandoned mine. He snuck in with a camera to get a picture of whatever it was... and got the bejezzus scared otu of him when it was a huge flock of chukkar who dive bombed him on the way out. He was able to snap this picture as they dove past him





-DallanC
Back to top
View user's profile Photo Gallery
Elvis
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: Jul 27, 2008
Posts: 6932
Location: south island New Zealand

PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 4:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Round 6: Devil Birds Reply with quote

mmm they taste good too. Ive smoked a couple of these with the .410 Very Happy , escapees from the game farms running free in the river bed. the chuckor have managed to hold on in the high country and we have a small population but the red legs just dont like it here and die ou Sad t.
great picture Dallan I can only imagine the shock of that moment, pidgeons out of a barn would pale in comparison.keep at em stovie you will get there. the new gun blues are a pain in the butt for sure, I had the safety on and chamber not closed Embarassed my buddy put a round in the magazine BACKWARDS Mad Mad boy that was funny as heck to watch him clear it Very Happy .

_________________
You shot it You pluck it !
Them who eats the most duck eats the most feathers!
Back to top
View user's profile
stovepipe
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: Sep 25, 2008
Posts: 4791
Location: Pine, Az.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 4:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Round 6: Devil Birds Reply with quote

Them cave birds are fresh outta the factory man....straight up from the depths and the paint aint even dry yet! Never seen a pic like that before, very much thank you. Incredible.

Thanks El, oh I think you know where I'll be this weekend. I hate the swing *nothing* keep swinging thing with the safety on. I do these climbs with a cold chamber. A reverse round install? Ohhh man would that suck where I was...."hmm...fillet the gun, balance the parts on the pointy rocks, puff of wind and... *ting, tating ting ting.........tink*. AHHHHH!" I had just enough oomph in my pinky to get the 3rd round back in the magazine tube and my pinky was juuust small enough to let the pawl engage and trap it- after 20 trys. Almost had to pull the barrel. Somehow the pawl that stops the rounds missed the rim on the third one and woops! Jammo. It's filleted at home and man I've tried to get it to do it but it wont so a hunk of new gun something might have gotten under the pawl letting the 3rd round in with the second. Also got some rounds stuffed in the mag now, with the barrel off and trigger out, hoping it'll soften the spring some, gonna let it sit all week like that in the safe.
Back to top
View user's profile
Ominivision1
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: Sep 20, 2010
Posts: 2985
Location: Iowa

PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:55 am    Post subject: Re: Round 6: Devil Birds Reply with quote

Stovey, your writing reminds me of Louis L'amour. After you read the first 2 sentences, your hooked into reading the whole thing.

_________________
Regards

Limitations are but boundaries created inside our minds.
Back to top
View user's profile Photo Gallery
stovepipe
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: Sep 25, 2008
Posts: 4791
Location: Pine, Az.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:49 am    Post subject: Re: Round 6: Devil Birds Reply with quote

That's a very nice compliment sir!
Back to top
View user's profile
stovepipe
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: Sep 25, 2008
Posts: 4791
Location: Pine, Az.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:52 am    Post subject: Re: Round 6: Devil Birds Reply with quote

Here's a shot from last week, bout 1/4 the way up.



img2382.jpg
 Description:
 Filesize:  194.46 KB
 Viewed:  3978 Time(s)

img2382.jpg

Back to top
View user's profile
Elvis
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: Jul 27, 2008
Posts: 6932
Location: south island New Zealand

PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Round 6: Devil Birds Reply with quote

looks very much like the cenral otago country they live in here.

_________________
You shot it You pluck it !
Them who eats the most duck eats the most feathers!
Back to top
View user's profile
Vince
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: May 25, 2005
Posts: 13024
Location: Brisbane AUSTRALIA

PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:49 am    Post subject: Re: Round 6: Devil Birds Reply with quote

A brilliant story of your hunt Stovey...a magnificent read mate. Them birds certainly sound like they are well worth the trouble...and the view in your pic shows just how desolate and formidable the landscape is mate.

That is a great pic Dallan, I reckon the photog would have had to do a pants change after he got down.

Keep at 'em Stovey, but think about an O/U...I never had a feed problem wiv one of them mate. Laughing Laughing

Cheers, Vince

_________________
Cheers, Vince Cheers

Illegitimi non carborundum
(Never let the bastards grind you down)

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

"Nulla Si Fa Senza Volonta."
(Without Commitment, Nothing Gets Done)
Back to top
View user's profile AIM Address MSN Messenger Yahoo Messenger Photo Gallery
44marty
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: Mar 20, 2009
Posts: 775
Location: Cheshire, MA; USA

PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:17 am    Post subject: Re: Round 6: Devil Birds Reply with quote

stovepipe wrote:
Here's a shot from last week, bout 1/4 the way up.

No wonder you're not bagging birds. You've got to stop hunting on the moon!!! Man, that terrain is bleak. What in heck do those birds eat?

We get spoiled here in the northeast. Water everywhere, lush green vegetation. The big problem is that when a bird flushes it puts trees between you and him in an instant.

_________________
_____________________________________

The strength of the wolf is in the pack; the strength of the pack is in the wolf. ~ R. Kipling

I LOVE YOU, LADY LUCK !!!
Back to top
View user's profile Photo Gallery
stovepipe
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: Sep 25, 2008
Posts: 4791
Location: Pine, Az.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:49 am    Post subject: Re: Round 6: Devil Birds Reply with quote

I think they feed on the carcases of hutners that passed away on the climbs.

They're Devil Birds, they live in Hell! So they obviously eat whatever they want.
Back to top
View user's profile
Ominivision1
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: Sep 20, 2010
Posts: 2985
Location: Iowa

PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:11 am    Post subject: Re: Round 6: Devil Birds Reply with quote

stovepipe wrote:
I think they feed on the carcases of hutners that passed away on the climbs.

Haha Haha Haha Haha

_________________
Regards

Limitations are but boundaries created inside our minds.
Back to top
View user's profile Photo Gallery
inthedark
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: Jan 31, 2011
Posts: 738
Location: Ontario

PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Round 6: Devil Birds Reply with quote

We have a LOT of Huns(Hungarian Partridge) here in southern Saskatchewan and they are fast and sometimes flighty to boot. Very good eating.

_________________
Chimo
Ron

War is sweet to those who have no experience of it, but the experienced man trembles exceedingly at heart on its approach - Pindar 518-438BC
Back to top
View user's profile Photo Gallery
stovepipe
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: Sep 25, 2008
Posts: 4791
Location: Pine, Az.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Round 6: Devil Birds Reply with quote

I want summa them....um.....what do they eat? Please dont say old slow hunters.
Back to top
View user's profile
inthedark
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: Jan 31, 2011
Posts: 738
Location: Ontario

PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Round 6: Devil Birds Reply with quote

You would find them in terrain like grain fields and hardwoods but only in the open areas .i.e lightly treed. Along wheat fields and gravel roads for stones for their crops. They are very good roasted. They are a dark meat and you can cook them moist in a slow cooker also. Huns with pepper mushroom gravey and buttermilk biscuits and oven roast potatoes. ummmm

_________________
Chimo
Ron

War is sweet to those who have no experience of it, but the experienced man trembles exceedingly at heart on its approach - Pindar 518-438BC
Back to top
View user's profile Photo Gallery
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic   Printer Friendly Page    Forum Index » Small Game Hunting
Page 1 of 2
All times are GMT - 7 Hours
Go to page 1, 2  Next



Jump to:  


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum


Advertisements
 


Valid CSS! Valid HTML 4.01!
Click to check if this page is realy HTML 4.01 compliant for speed :)

All logos and trademarks in this site are property of HuntingNut.com.
The comments are property of their posters, all the rest © 2011 by HuntingNut.com
Interactive software released under GNU GPL, Code Credits, Privacy Policy

.: Upgraded to DragonFly 9.2 by Dizfunkshunal :.