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    Re: Chukar without the cactus

    I didn't put any boots on my griff last year on the few days that we went. Here she is plucking something, likely a cactus quill, from her rear foot. I did have to pull a few cactus off her muzzle after she pulled them from her feet and lower legs, though.


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    Re: Chukar without the cactus

    Eastern Oregon has minimal cactus but lots of basalt rock. Still pretty tough on a dogs feet. A long comb and some form of Lewis boots is your best bet to protect your dog's.

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    Re: Chukar without the cactus

    There are places around. Dogs why use dogs. Shoot them from the truck or ATV. Where I go they are basically like grouse. Hang on the road and scatter when you approach. There are places just have to get off the beaten path.

    As someone else mentioned, they can be quite high, ran into some while sheep hunting at Spences bridge. I was at the top of the mountain on a fir ridge way up above the cactus.

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    Are you M or F? Might get more takers with tits.

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    Re: Chukar without the cactus

    Cactus spines from the plants found in the areas mentioned can find their way through any footwear regardless of the material.
    I’d just as soon leave the dog at home rather than submit him to cactus. It is excruciating to see a dog with a spiny knob of cactus in its mouth after having plucked it from his foot.
    Break a spine when extracting and it works in deeper.
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    lip_ripper00 01/07/2019 @ 10:28 AM


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    Re: Chukar without the cactus

    Some of those cactus earn their name honestly "jumping cactus" I took my dog out in the cactus garden "once" we both went home with cactus in our feet and him in his mouth.

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    Re: Chukar without the cactus

    I have always wanted to hunt Chucker ! I would not be using a dog though as I don't have one . Do you use a 12 gauge or is that to big ?
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    Arctic Lake

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    Re: Chukar without the cactus

    Quote Originally Posted by Jagermeister View Post
    Cactus spines from the plants found in the areas mentioned can find their way through any footwear regardless of the material.
    I’d just as soon leave the dog at home rather than submit him to cactus. It is excruciating to see a dog with a spiny knob of cactus in its mouth after having plucked it from his foot.
    Break a spine when extracting and it works in deeper.
    I can't see myself hunting upland birds like pheasants and chukars without a good bird dog. I figure the dog covers at least 3 or more times the area that I could ever do on my own. I'll put in at least 10 miles a day while chukar hunting.

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    Re: Chukar without the cactus

    Boots are a good idea, I just haven't seen them stop all cactus spines. My hunting boots are waaaay thicker than dog boots and they get cactus fairly far in the sole so I'm a little suspicious if dog boots would hold up.
    I like the idea of moving higher up out of the cactus zone though.
    ...and the dog's gotta come. That's why I have her. Just want to avoid her gettin spiked.

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    Re: Chukar without the cactus

    Quote Originally Posted by mastercaster View Post
    I can't see myself hunting upland birds like pheasants and chukars without a good bird dog. I figure the dog covers at least 3 or more times the area that I could ever do on my own. I'll put in at least 10 miles a day while chukar hunting.
    I grew up in the south Okanagan and I don't recall ever seeing pheasants where there was cactus. Chukars on the other hand like that drier open sagebrush scrub where cactus flourish.
    Here's a little tip on Chukars. They rarely fly up or down slope when flushed. Just follow them around the hillside.
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    lip_ripper00 01/07/2019 @ 10:28 AM


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    Re: Chukar without the cactus

    Quote Originally Posted by Arctic Lake View Post
    I have always wanted to hunt Chucker ! I would not be using a dog though as I don't have one . Do you use a 12 gauge or is that to big ?
    Thanks
    Arctic Lake
    I used a 12 gauge, then bought a 16 gauge just for that purpose. However, I would use a 20 gauge. Hhmmmm got me thinking.
    "Any day above ground is a good one!"
    lip_ripper00 01/07/2019 @ 10:28 AM


    Lest we forget
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    " I'm trying to not get cynical about what is a totally devastating tragedy but the maleness, the youthfullness and the whiteness of the victims are playing a significant role."
    Nora Loreto 6:49 PM 8 Apr. 2018






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