"I think hunters will have a good chukar hunt in central Utah this fall," says Robinson, upland game coordinator for the DWR. "Conditions were good for chukars to nest and raise their chicks."
During a helicopter survey Robinson flew over the county on Sept. 12, he counted 46 chukars per square mile. That's more than double the 18 chukars per square mile biologists saw in the same area last year. And it's the highest number seen since 2006, when 97 chukars per square mile were counted.
Utah's chukar partridge and Hungarian partridge hunts start Sept. 29.