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#5926445 - 09/13/15 12:31 PM chachalaca...
kweber Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 09/03/15
Posts: 196
been thinking about these birds...
even talked to a biologist down there about public hunting...
anyone have any experience?
was told by an outdoor writer on another forum that they're like shooting pheasants in a mesquite thicket...
who's done it?

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#5926689 - 09/13/15 03:29 PM Re: chachalaca... [Re: kweber]
John Humbert Offline
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Registered: 12/13/10
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I want to do a hunt if you find an outfitter.

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#5926690 - 09/13/15 03:29 PM Re: chachalaca... [Re: kweber]
bill oxner Offline
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There was a thread on here about them a couple of months ago.
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#5929725 - 09/15/15 12:38 PM Re: chachalaca... [Re: bill oxner]
Mundo Offline
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Registered: 02/03/15
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They don't fly well. They won't hold for dogs. They occur in thick thorn scrub with bare ground underneath and evade predators by running through brush then flying from tree to tree. Chances are if you down one without a dog you will have to crawl through scrub to retrieve it. Although parks and wildlife considers them a game bird no one else does and they aren't hunted. Most of the birds shot are picked off with pellet guns while raiding kitchen gardens. Wild chickens would be a better game bird.

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#5938227 - 09/20/15 09:13 PM Re: chachalaca... [Re: kweber]
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We used to see them running around in our backyard when I lived down in the valley. I never did try to hunt them and never really heard of anyone who did. I'm sure the public lands hunts down there, which are pretty limited, would be pretty hit or miss.
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#5966621 - 10/07/15 07:33 PM Re: chachalaca... [Re: kweber]
huntwest Offline
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If you go just get in an area where they should be before daylight and listen. They make a heck of a racket just before dawn and stay in the tree until light. You can find them easy that way.
I have shot a lot of them about 25 years ago around McAllen. I wouldn't take a dog where they live though.
They are not very good to eat. Not much meat and tough.
They do hate to fly.

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#5972170 - 10/11/15 05:33 PM Re: chachalaca... [Re: huntwest]
matpk Offline
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Registered: 03/06/15
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aim
Why are they classified as game bird...And why would someone
Hunt them?????????

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#5972231 - 10/11/15 06:01 PM Re: chachalaca... [Re: matpk]
SnakeWrangler Offline
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Originally Posted By: matpk
aim
Why are they classified as game bird...And why would someone
Hunt them?????????


Do they taste like chicken? rofl
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#5973545 - 10/12/15 01:23 PM Re: chachalaca... [Re: SnakeWrangler]
matpk Offline
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Originally Posted By: SnakeWrangler
Originally Posted By: matpk
aim
Why are they classified as game bird...And why would someone
Hunt them?????????


Do they taste like chicken? rofl



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#5973630 - 10/12/15 02:00 PM Re: chachalaca... [Re: matpk]
nsmike Offline
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Originally Posted By: matpk
aim
Why are they classified as game bird...And why would someone
Hunt them?????????

They were once market hunted for the meat so they're eadible.
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#6004531 - 11/01/15 09:41 AM Re: chachalaca... [Re: kweber]
goosehunter51 Offline
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Registered: 11/25/06
Posts: 34
Do any of you have a recommendation on shot size for chachalaca? My buddy is suggesting 7.5...

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#6004671 - 11/01/15 11:04 AM Re: chachalaca... [Re: kweber]
Sniper John Offline

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Registered: 08/31/05
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Loc: North Texas
Your mostly likely going to be shooting them on the ground, on a limb in the brush, or flying through the scrub. I would take #6 if it were me, but 7.5 should be fine. Anyone I have ever talked to that hunted the public land down there saw zero birds, so I never went.
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#6043231 - 11/22/15 12:18 PM Re: chachalaca... [Re: kweber]
goosehunter51 Offline
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Registered: 11/25/06
Posts: 34
Hey guys! I finally got my Chachalacha a week ago today. Thanks for all of those that provided insight and advice.

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#6043416 - 11/22/15 02:06 PM Re: chachalaca... [Re: kweber]
jetdad Offline
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Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 929
Loc: Grayson county
Let us know how it tastes/ed.

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#6043749 - 11/22/15 04:55 PM Re: chachalaca... [Re: kweber]
poisonivie Offline


Registered: 03/10/09
Posts: 7053
Loc: Bridgeport, Tx
Tell us about your hunt. Where, when, how. Details, man, detail.!
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