CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME
September 19, 2013
Chukar, quail and partridge seasons open Saturday
Seasons for chukar, quail and
partridge open Saturday, Sept. 21. Hunters need only a valid hunting license to
hunt quail, chukar and gray partridge.
Chukar and gray partridge
seasons run from Sept. 21 through
Jan. 31, 2014
throughout the state. The daily bag limit is eight chukar and eight gray
partridge, and the possession limit is 24 chukar and 24 gray partridge.
Chukar were introduced into
They are common in suitable habitat along the Salmon, Snake and
rivers, and along other river drainages of southern and central
up to an elevation of about 5,000 feet. Chukar habitat consists of steep, rocky
canyons with grassy and brushy vegetation.
Gray partridge, also
are widely distributed and can be found in agricultural regions, as well as in
sagebrush-grassland areas. They are hardy birds able to withstand severe winter
weather if adequate food is available.
Bobwhite and California quail
seasons in Area 1 run from Sept. 21 through Jan. 31. The daily bag limit is 10
total, and the possession limit is 30 total.
Area 1 includes:
Bonner, Boundary, Camas, Canyon, Cassia,
Clearwater, Elmore, Gem,
Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce,
Payette, Shoshone, Valley, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka,
Area 2 in east-central and
There are three introduced and
one native species of quail in
The California quail, which occurs from
Twin Falls west to the
border and north to the Palouse Prairie, is the most common. Good populations
live along rivers, streams and other areas of abundant water and brushy cover
below about 3,500 feet elevation.
The bobwhite quail was
in the 1880s and occurred in agricultural areas of the
Today they are rare.
The Gambel's quail was
introduced near Salmon in 1917, and a small population still exists there. The
season is closed on Gambel's quail.
The season also is closed on
the native mountain quail. Once common in the western part of
Idaho, it now exists in small, scattered populations in dense
mountain brush fields usually associated with riparian areas. It is rare in the
and along the Little Salmon River, main Salmon and lower
Mountain quail have been
reintroduced into historical habitat on Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area
in Nez Perce and Lewis counties, and in Elmore and Gooding counties.
The Idaho Fish and Game is
surveying the state for mountain quail to determine the status and distribution
of these birds. Anyone who sees a mountain quail is asked to report it as soon
as possible to the nearest Fish and Game office.
What to look
for: A long straight head plume, chestnut throat - not black like California
quail - and vertical white bars on sides.
All hunters need a valid 2013
hunting license. Hunters will find upland game bird hunting rules in the
brochure at license vendors, Fish and Game offices and online at