Yeah I went out to the desert in search of those red legged devils too. I wanted to give one more go at them before it ended as it's been since I was a teenager that I got one. Hadn't even seen one in several years. Can't say anymore now.Went to the high desert and got skunked. I WILL bag a chukar next season.
Sounds like us, one more shot at them rather than go for the safer option (quail). No guts no glory right? We found a few earlier in the season and like Sprig is saying, they’re still out there somewhere.Yeah I went out to the desert in search of those red legged devils too. I wanted to give one more go at them before it ended as it's been since I was a teenager that I got one. Hadn't even seen one in several years. Can't say anymore now.
Based on what I have encountered this season and particularly closing weekend I would say the poor and broken status of our guzzlers is a huge factor. Couple things I think are occurring.I know the drought was bad, but it's not the 1st one we've ever had since the introduction in the 50's (DFG not maintaining guzzlers doesn't help either)
What ever they are doing AZBased on what I have encountered this season and particularly closing weekend I would say the poor and broken status of our guzzlers is a huge factor. Couple things I think are occurring.
1. DFG doesn't do anything for them and neither does any of the public agencies managing the lands for the most part.
2. The Wilderness Act is outdated and either barring or making it increasing difficult to maintain the guzzlers. No consideration was given to guzzlers when the boundaries were drawn up. And no procedure was considered to give reasonable exemptions to maintain things in wilderness areas. I'm not even sure if the differing upland groups are allowed to make repairs on the guzzlers in wilderness areas. I do know that if they were allowed to make repairs that hauling items like concrete and water in several miles without being allowed the use of ANY wheeled object, even a wheelbarrow, is a tall order to say the least.
3. The groups that do do repairs seem to be comprised of mostly older guys.
4. The social media presence of many of these groups is sub par to put it mildly. If a new person wants to help it's not very easy to even find out how. Some of the Quail Forever chapters sole point of contact seem to be a Facebook page? I'm sorry but that is stupid. Many people, myself included, hate that wretched site and refuse to use it. You can't even view things as a non member without that giant signup bar covering half the screen.
5. The locations are largely kept secret. People don't care about what they don't know exist. Part of me wishes that we did what NV does and make the locations of all of them publicly available. But I will say I would want it to be an all or nothing sort of thing.
6. As many as there are there aren't even enough if you ask me. If anything more should be made but instead the ones we have are breaking faster then they can be maintained.
These are only SOME of the completely broken ones I have come across this season. There are more. And there are many more that I'm surprised still hold water and look to be near to complete failure or only working partially.
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