Are chukars any good to eat?

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  1. seiowa

    seiowa Elite Refuge Member

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    Seems the consensus is they are good.
    Better or worse than phez?
     
  2. Winchester 1897

    Winchester 1897 Elite Refuge Member

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    I'd say about the same just smaller.
     
  3. 10GAGENUT

    10GAGENUT Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

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    IMO a bit stronger in the flavor department, not a whole lot. Had both wild and pen raised and loved them both. Cooked on the grill or in the oven, I wrap them with bacon or country ham fat and they are very tasty.
     
  4. Coho

    Coho Moderator Emeritus Supporting Member Moderator

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    For me they are the second best upland after blue grouse.
     
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    mpkowal Elite Refuge Member

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    A couple guys came into the store and bought ammo from my son and said they were going after Blue Grouse.He was very busy and couldnt talk,sure would like to know where they are.
     
  6. okie drake

    okie drake Elite Refuge Member

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    I prefer pheasant. Quail, pheasant, chukar. Haven't had any other upland birds unfortunately. I also do not go with the 'taste like chicken' deal either.
     
  7. mak2782

    mak2782 Elite Refuge Member

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    Love them, make chile verde style tacos with mine. Same with pheasant.
     
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  8. fishnfool

    fishnfool Elite Refuge Member

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    I don't find pheasant (on it's own) has much flavor at all, but I don't get the chance to shoot and consume wild ones.

    I've tried smoking them, but they are so lean they came out tougher than I'd like. I've brined them for roasting and they came out awesome. I should probably do the same before smoking them.
     
  9. waterswatter

    waterswatter Elite Refuge Member

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    You would love it.
    They can be one of the most challenging birds to hunt. Their modus operandi is to run uphill on their strong legs just within or just out of shotgun range and then when you and your dog are thoroughly exhausted, to fly around the mountain or across the canyon to the other side.
    It was one of those times, about 10 years ago, hunting chukar in the snake river canyon, when both the dog and I were completely exhausted, that I realized that if I had a coronary there, I might not be found. Ever.
    After that time, I let people know where I'm gonna be.
     
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  10. fishmunkee

    fishmunkee Elite Refuge Member

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    Better than pheasant. I don't think pheasant (wild or pen) is all that good. Ruffed grouse followed by dove are my favorite upland birds.
     
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