Tuesday, September 28, 2010

It's hot

Man it's hot out there. The way the month started I thought we were going to be off to a great start. Rain and cool at the first of the month had me out hunting for grouse for the first time in my life. It was fun, but the problem was it got me and the boys fired up for chukar season. We usually don't hunt but a couple of times in September due to the hot weather but got a little over excited this year. Now we're paying the price.
We tried a short hunt this morning. It ended up 6 and 1/2 miles for me and 14 miles for Riley. Dakota was somewhere in between. There was no breeze and the temp was 55 when we started and 75 when we got back to the truck. Not a cloud in the sky. We drank every ounce of water we carried and the boys found a couple of water seeps to roll around in and drink out of hoof prints. The birds were probably around but we didn't find very many. Back at the truck the dogs noses were caked with a greenish brown substance. Dust and pollen which had been sucked into their nostrils for four hours. Now they both lay besides me thankful for the shade of the house. The 28th of September and I'm contemplating turning on the air conditioner.
The good news for all the chukar hunters is that there are plenty of chukars out there. They just have to grow up a little and conditions for hunting have to improve a lot. Even short morning hunts are rough on the dogs. Especially the older ones as my 11 year old will attest to.
The next weeks weather is calling for upper 80s to 90 so I've decided to give it up until the weather cools a little and hopefully a little moisture will knock the dust down. But when it does I see a great year of chukar hunting ahead.

4 comments:

Shawn K. Wayment, DVM said...

Glad to hear the birds are out there! I'll be in your neck of the woods next month to hunt with my brother Andy from Upland Equations. Have a great hunting season.

Shawn

larry szurgot said...

Shawn,
Your brother writes some fantastic stuff. He's always got some great stories and pictures. He's already started with a good September. Hopefully it will cool off next month and you and Andy will have more great stuff to send our way.

Anonymous said...

It is HOT. We left camp on Saturday night at 5 and it was still 92!! Todd asked me what I wanted to hunt and I responded...a cold beer and a shady spot! I'm looking forward to your second year of blogging and pictures.

Karl

larry szurgot said...

Thanks Karl,
I never thought I'd say this, but it was nice taking this last week off and taking care of family business. But as I'm typing this it is drizzling outside and the high temp tomorrow is mid 60s. Vacation is over and it's back to the chukar hills.