July 23, 2014
The Nevada Department of Wildlife has good news and bad news for chukar hunters this year.
The bad news is, drought conditions and loss of habitat due to wildfires have resulted in fewer birds.
But wildlife biologist Shawn Espinosa prefers to look on the bright said.
He says fewer birds means hunters' health will benefit because they'll have to spend more time in the field and will burn more calories.
Espinosa says what's out in the field is mainly adult birds who've experienced being hunted.
They will take to flight more readily and at greater distances.