Chukars inhabit the most inhospitable territory in the world.  Dry, steep, rocky, and windswept are the preferred conditions.  It is interesting that the chukar was introduced into 30-something states but survived only in arid, mountainous, rocky terrain.   When planted where they could find a free meal - like an Iowa cornfield - they packed up and moved West.

In order to become a proficient chukar hunter, you must learn to recognize chukar habitat.  At first, it all looks the same.  With a little experience (and a lot of miles), you will learn to differentiate likely habitat, saving some future unproductive miles.  As with most types of hunting, scouting pays off.  Riding the two-track roads in early fall, you will be able to identify potentially productive areas by concentrating on country that combines the  four key components of a chukar's preferred habitat:   water, food, cover, and terrain. 

Satellite imaging is another good scouting tool.  I use google earth to scour the areas I plan to hunt.  In many cases, you can identify drainages that contain a reliable water source, a key to early season hunting.  You can also determine the degree of difficulty in your prospective territory.  The more preseason effort you expend, the less time you'll waste during the season.  

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