After drooling about the different chukar stories as told by Idaho Ron, T-Bone and Ithaca 37, I finally, have one of my own. I have been working at a small town on the Utah/Az border. From a book I have the is a small canyon (1000') deep that was located about 70 miles from were I was staying. Anyway, during my 2002 turkey hunt I had found a small side canyon trail that split the main canyon. When I found the trail in 2002, it was too late in the day to make the hike. I filed it away in the back of my mind for another place and time. The place and time was last weekend. Myself and a co-worker/buddy got up early and hit the trail. It is a two mile hike 'til you get to the main canyon. We had been in the main canyon about a mile when I saw what I thought was a chukar at about 80 yards standing. I watched it for awhile and a second chukar raced into view. I took off after them and caught up to them at 35 yards. I chanked 3 shells and came up empty. The birds flushed straight up a boulder field and landed about 200' from the first flush. I decided to keep a small ridge between me and where I thought the chukars landed. I figured before I exposed myself to them I would go to the spot I would have the best chance of busting them. I went as far as I could, which was at the base of a 300' rock wall. I took a couple of steps and saw a chukar looking at me from behind a rock about 5 yards away. I was using 1 and 1/2 ounce 6's on my first shot and 2 ounce 6's on my 2 and 3. When I saw how close he was I knew if I hit him it wasn't going to be pretty. He flushed and I centered patterned him at 15 yards, a second bird went up and I center patterned that one a 20 yards. Two more birds went up and I missed my third shot. To make along story shorter. I shot my first chukars ever in AZ. It is only the second covey of chukars I have ever seen. Chukars in AZ are a trophy bird few and far between. I have never personally met anyone who has shot more than one. There are a whole lot of guys that bring it up in the fall but no one seems to have a clue where to go or if they are just a figment of G&F's imagination. Anyway, had a great time and I am glad I can cross an AZ chukar off the list. Good Luck, JLG.