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    Chukar without the cactus

    So I usually hunt chukar in and around the Kamloops area, which is cactus country. Living with cactus around them is probably just another method they've devised to make it all the more difficult to get to them! Sneaky little guys. Anyways, I'll be hunting this fall with my dog and am hoping there may be a few spots that hold birds that aren't covered in cactus. Is this wishful thinking or do cactus free chukar grounds exist?

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    Re: Chukar without the cactus

    Doesn’t exist haha. Maybe a little in some spots but I’d say probably find cactus everywhere you find the chukar

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    Re: Chukar without the cactus

    Might be on some agricultural land at the edge of cactus country. Used to know some ranchers near lillooet with piles around their place.

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    Re: Chukar without the cactus

    They exist. You just have to get above the cactus. I’ve seen chuckars over 6000 feet elevation.

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    Re: Chukar without the cactus

    Mark at Cariboo Saddlery made boots for our dogs. Work very well.
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    Re: Chukar without the cactus

    There's some in the grasslands around Kamloops but best numbers are above the lake and river - in the cactus. As said put boots on your dog and your good to go. Plus its hilarious to watch your dog work them out for the first minute or two.

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    Re: Chukar without the cactus

    https://www.gundogsupply.com/-950-.html

    These boots work great and are pretty cheap

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    Re: Chukar without the cactus

    You can make your own quite easily out of motor cycle inner tubes and hold up really well. They're a lot cheaper than the Lewis boots.

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    Re: Chukar without the cactus

    Quote Originally Posted by Boner View Post
    They exist. You just have to get above the cactus. Iíve seen chuckars over 6000 feet elevation.
    I hunt the area pretty hard, most birds are down below in the cactus areas. I wouldnt say a lot of cactus but small plants all over. Once you go high above the la
    ke into the thicker forest it will be rare to see them. You will find them along the tracks because of the grain the trains spill also. Like most birds early mornings and late evenings the run in large groups. Id more more worried about snakes than cactus
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    Re: Chukar without the cactus

    I know of a fellow that hunts the birds and doesn't put boots on his average sized upland retriever.
    He said that his dog learned pretty fast to avoid most of the cactus as it also learned how to use it's
    teeth to pull them out. I've hunted chuckers in heavy ground cactus areas without a dog and would
    be reluctant to put my big retriever in after them. I've watched many coyotes traveling through the
    same areas and noticed that they watch very closely where they're putting their feet, stopping to look
    around for danger etc before carrying on. I've had cactus stuck in my hands, knees, and ankles so can
    attest to how painful it can be at times.

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