It’s going to be a record year for chukar hunting with the Division of Wildlife Resources reporting a booming chukar population in Utah. Upland Game Coordinator Jason Robinson says this year biologists found 95 chukars per square mile surveyed. Even with a booming population, chukars can be hard to find. Robinson says the Book Cliffs are some of the best chukar hunting in Utah. Focus hunting efforts on steep, rocky slopes that have cheatgrass or sagebrush on them. Early morning is the best time to hunt chukars because they are very vocal this time of day. Youth 17 years old and younger get the first shot at chukar and gray partridge during the annual youth partridge hunt September 17th through the 19th. Utah’s general partridge hunt opens on September 24th.