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Chukar season starts Saturday, Sept. 17



Upland bird hunting seasons start in a big way across much of Idaho with Saturday, Sept. 17 marking the opening day for chukar, quail, gray partridge and sage grouse.

Hunters can expect to find above average to average numbers of birds in most of the state. A season forecast with breakdowns by species for each of Idaho’s seven regions is available on Fish and Game's website at idfg.idaho.gov/press/2016-upland-bird-forecast.

Chukar and gray partridge seasons run through Jan. 31, 2017 throughout the state. The daily bag limit is eight chukar and eight gray partridge, and the possession limit is 24 chukar and 24 gray partridge.

Chukar were introduced into Idaho from Asia. They are common in suitable habitat along the Salmon, Snake and Boise rivers, and along other river drainages of southern and central Idaho up to an elevation of about 5,000 feet. Chukar habitat consists of steep, rocky canyons with grassy and brushy vegetation.

Gray partridge, also introduced in Idaho, are widely distributed and can be found in agricultural regions, as well as in sagebrush-grassland areas. They are hardy birds able to withstand severe winter weather if adequate food is available.

Bobwhite and California quail seasons in Area 1 in north and western Idaho run through Jan. 31. The daily bag limit is 10 total, and the possession limit is 30 total.



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