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Upland Bird Opener Poor to Fair Across all of Southern California

Submitted by:  Backcountry Press Outdoor News 
Posted on: 12/19/18

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“The few birds we saw were obviously holdovers from last year because they were super skittish and wouldn’t let us get within range before taking flight,” Ely said. “Looks like I’ll be spending my time this season in a duck blind.”

The Red Mountain region, which was good last year for both chukar and quail, was much slower this year.

Dave Lewis of Hawthorne said they did see two coveys of about 20 chukar each and he and his son managed just one bird but the big holdover bird was “the largest one” they had ever seen. Lewis also said hunting pressure was relatively light.

In the West Mojave, also very good for chukar last year, there were few reports of birds in the bag and many hunters didn’t even see a bird.

In the Cajon Pass area, Don Wallace of Duarte said fog hampered the hunting opening morning, but they only jumped on a very small covey of five to seven valley quail, and all were mature birds. David May of Corona also hunted in the Cajon Pass region and reported jumping one large covey in heavy brush but missing his only shot.

In the Mojave Preserve, one of the most popular hunting areas in the state for quail and chukar, the hunting was very slow. B.J. Patterson of Wrightwood said they “wore out a lot of shoe leather for one chukar and a handful of quail.”

The remainder of the upland birds season, which runs through the last Sunday in January, will be tough, but the waterfowl season should remain good.

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News # 12125
Quail and chukar season opener this past Saturday was poor to fair across all of Southern California. 

The upland bird hunting opener was dismal thanks to almost no production of young birds this spring in all areas. Reports from all over the region – from the Red Mountains in the north to the Mojave Preserve to the east to the Carrizo Plain west of Bakersfield to the Imperial Valley on the south – were slow, with only a few fair reports mixed in. 

Jack Ingram of Chino hunted the Western Sierra off Highways 14 and 395, an area that was excellent last year, and didn’t see a single quail in a hard day of hunting. Mark Ely of Orange hunted the Walker Pass region off Highway 14.

Upland Bird Opener Poor to Fair Across all of Southern California