Posted Thursday, 12 September 2013 14:01
Youth chukar hunt happens Sept. 21
PRICE — Wildlife biologists are going to release about 1,000 chukar partridge across Utah soon.
Wildlife biologists are going to release about 1,000 chukar partridge across Utah soon.
Photo by Brent Stettler, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Five areas in Carbon and Emery counties will receive a total of 400 of the pen-reared birds. The areas where the birds will be released provide good chukar habitat and good access for chukar hunters.
Those 15 years of age or younger can hunt chukars on Sept. 21. That's the day Utah hosts its annual youth chukar hunt.
Only those 15 years of age or younger can hunt on Sept. 21. After Sept. 21, the hunt will close until Utah's general hunt, for hunters of all ages, opens Sept. 28.
Division of Wildlife Resources biologists will release chukars before Sept. 21 and then again before Sept. 28.
The following are the areas in Carbon and Emery counties where chukars will be released:
Hunters are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity and to hunt in a safe, responsible way. Also, if you see a wing collection barrel in any of these areas, please place wings from your chukars in them. The wings biologists collect provide important information about the success hunters found.
If you have questions, please call the DWR's Southeastern Region office at 435-613-3700.
Native to India and Afghanistan, chukar partridge inhabit some of the most inhospitable habitat Utah has to offer.
Chukars live on steep, arid slopes in the barren desert areas of the state. To find the birds, look for rocky, talus slopes that have low growing shrubs on them, such as cheatgrass, sagebrush and saltbush. Foods chukars typically eat include grass seeds, weed seeds, buds, flowers, and in the winter, new growth cheatgrass.
Chukars are about 15 inches long and weigh about 20 ounces. Males and females are almost identical in appearance, except male birds often have a "button-like" spur on the back of their leg.
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