My deer season ended september 20. Yum. Now it's time to work on the birds and late elk season. I'm getting out this weekend for quail and chukar while the rest of the world hunts the duck opener. Its going to be a little warm i think and once it cools down some it will be time for waterfowling. Just my $0.02.
I hunted the east side of Durr Road last Sunday for chukar and huns, saw nothing, but almost got shot by some recreational shooters on the road. They were shooting rifles (AK47 Chi-com semi's) and one bullet nearly hit me. I have heard they make a wind-cutting noise when zipping by, but I thought that was bs. I was wrong. They booked before I could get to them. I won't hunt Durr Road again for awhile.
Yeah, Archery. I took a nice doe since I was trying to fill the tag before I had to go back to school. Nice sized one though. So far two years bow hunting and two deer... I think next year I might try for antlers though... And I still have to get an Elk. I saw a couple this year, but they were just out too far to justify a shot. Late season might be better with as warm as this september was.
Cliff, Don't you just hate when people are so irresponsible... can really mess with a nice day out in the field. I've found that area around Durr road can be hit and miss for birds I think. I have seen bunches of them there and then I go back a few days later and it is barren. There are certainly spots nearby that have hordes of chukar and decent numbers of Huns. I saw probably 8 groups of chukar one morning hunting in early september in one of my spots in the Canyon. Sat there glassing for deer and was able to see and hear 3 different groups of Chukar within 150 yards of me. It was sweet.
I hunted elk/deer this year as well (archery). Jumped a big 6x6 about 40 yards away no Bull tag. Then a couple bucks 20 yards away only 2 pointers…Funny how that works out. But, it was fun chasing grouse around with the judo point.
Darn, I’ll be missing out on the parade of road hunters for the rifle opener…:clown:
I have avoided the duck opener for the past 5 years because for me, duck hunting is all about sitting in a blind freezing my tail off, as new imigrants from up north pour into the decoys, filled with corn and thirsty for a drink. However, sometimes waiting for cold enough weather to push them south doesn't happen til late in the season, and with the warm weather we've been having, this year may be no exception. So, I'm gonna hope to get some good shooting in early this weekend, on local birds that aren't wise to decoys and calls yet. It is hard to dress for these early days of the season. Gotta dress warm enough for the first couple hours, but no so warm that you're sweating in your hip boots by 11am. Ah, good times ahead!