Winter the Best Time for Chukar Hunting

Snow on the ground is good news for chukar hunters. The cold causes the birds to concentrate in smaller areas, making them easier to find. DWR Upland Game Coordinator Jason Robinson considers winter the best time of year to hunt chukars and notes that “chukar are the best-tasting game bird in Utah.” Hunters are reporting a successful hunt season so far with larger groups of birds than years past. The main tips being offered are to scout areas for likely chukar hideouts before you start hiking all over. As a rule of thumb, chukars need three things: cliffs for roosting, shrubby cover nearby and grass to eat. The hunt runs until February 15th. Find more information at


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.