Wait, what? Snowcock

H20DAD

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Most people hunt Snowcock without dogs. We took ours for just that reason. We didn't see any sign below 10,000. The majority of sign and the only birds we saw were close to 12,000 feet which is where this picture was taken. View attachment 283134

Did the birds hold for the dogs? How did the dogs help you?
 

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No, Snowcock didn't hold for our dogs. Dogs help to find sign and find downed birds. Snowcock can and sometimes do flush wild when they see dogs. I think that and the difficult terrain is why most folks don't use dogs.
Good place to get a dog killed, that's why people don't use em.
 

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Good place to get a dog killed, that's why people don't use em.
Based on my experience, hunting Snowcock with dogs does not pose any greater risk than chukar hunting. Heck, any upland game for that matter. At that elevation, we didn't encounter any fox tails, porcupines, or barb wire which have precipitated the most trips to the vet for me than everything else combined
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Have seen them a few times during 30+ years of hunting the Rubies, always on the West (shadier and more lush) side. Those times were when packing way up in my younger days.
I wouldn't even think of trying to chase them now, those mountains are rugged with a capital R.

Would start by driving into Ruby Crest Trail, would at least be starting way high, if I tried.
 
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looks to be ideal blue grouse habitat..

is good. Sage grouse down below and blues above...snows waaaay above that.

Was just thinking of Ruby Crest Trail. Once when driving in before sun up, a snow was in the road mesmerized by the lights of my buddy's H2. We stopped before hitting it and expected it to take off but it didn't. We eventually inched to where he would hit it and still no flush.
I got out and probably could have caught it by hand, shooed it off the road and went doe hunting.
 

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