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#6543815 - 11/14/16 07:33 PM Wanting to hunt Chachalaca
Daisy8162001752015 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 11/14/16
Posts: 6
Hey everyone, I'm new to the forum here. I'm an avid bird hunter from South Carolina, and enjoy traveling all over the United States in pursuit of new adventures. I've hunted for and taken all the species of waterfowl in North America, and am getting into Upland birds. I shot my first wild Bobwhite Quail two years ago, just outside of El Campo, on what was my last trip with my old yellow lab, Daisy. She has now passed on, but hopefully will get a new pup in a couple of years when my now 9 month old son is a little older.

I'm planning a trip to South Texas next month, mid December to try my luck for a Chachalaca or two, and maybe a couple White Wing Doves and White Tipped Doves. I'm not looking for limits of any species, but a few birds to get mounted.

With the limited information on Chachalaca hunting online, I've not had much luck getting any firm plans together. I've called the manager at Las Palomas WMA and left several messages over the months with no response. I've tried posting an ad on Craigslist even, but got no response there either. Despite this, I'm coming down anyway, because I can't hunt Chachalaca here in SC. I wanted to reach out to y'all here, and see if anyone might know of someone with some land that I could hunt them on, or another option for public land to look into. I'm not looking for a freebie here, I'll be happy to pay per day/per bird, etc. Or help anyone out who might want to travel for waterfowl. I have a bunch of contacts all over for various species. Thank y'all for any help y'all might can offer. I look forward to sharing my South Texas adventure next month, regardless of what I get or don't get. It'll be my first trip that far south in Texas, so I'll enjoy it either way. Thank you again, for any help. Chris




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#6544298 - 11/15/16 07:42 AM Re: Wanting to hunt Chachalaca [Re: Daisy8162001752015]
Mundo Offline
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Registered: 02/03/15
Posts: 117
Nobody hunts chachalaca. They like thick brush and don't hold well. About the only Chachalacas shot are those raiding gardens in Brownsville or McAllen. I used to have a friend who shot them with his pellet gun when they got into his tomatoes. People in the valley have them come to feeders a lot. Some will react to your inquiries as if you are asking to shoot songbirds.

However, if you must shoot one, Las Palomas is a good bet. Listen for their call early in the morning; especially on cloudy or overcast days. If calling they will be in taller cover but cruise down to thick brush as you approach. You will recognize the call---movie makers put it on their soundtracks all the time when they film jungle movies. If you shoot one, there is a good chance it will fall into thick brush--be ready to crawl or have a dog that will.


Edited by Mundo (11/15/16 07:44 AM)

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#6544331 - 11/15/16 08:05 AM Re: Wanting to hunt Chachalaca [Re: Mundo]
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Veteran Tracker

Registered: 09/07/05
Posts: 2134
Loc: Benbrook
for more info google Sly and the family Stone.
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#6544400 - 11/15/16 08:44 AM Re: Wanting to hunt Chachalaca [Re: Mundo]
Daisy8162001752015 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 11/14/16
Posts: 6
Ok. Thanks for the input. I'll be by myself, and won't have a dog. If I'm not successful this trip, it'll at least be a good trip to learn and come back another year better prepared. Just getting to be in a new place that I have never been to, will be fun. Thank you again.

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#6545024 - 11/15/16 03:21 PM Re: Wanting to hunt Chachalaca [Re: Daisy8162001752015]
Mundo Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 02/03/15
Posts: 117
Another thought. If you are willing to pay, contact the Texas Parks and Wildlife office in Brownsville. Tell them what you are about. They may be able to put onto a quail or deer guide in Willacy County who can find you a chance and chachalacas. Another possibility is this outfit:
http://elcaneloranch.com/history.html

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#6545062 - 11/15/16 03:45 PM Re: Wanting to hunt Chachalaca [Re: Chet]
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THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 08/19/06
Posts: 5390
Loc: bastrop county
Originally Posted By: Chet
for more info google Sly and the family Stone.
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#6546946 - 11/16/16 06:25 PM Re: Wanting to hunt Chachalaca [Re: Mundo]
Daisy8162001752015 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 11/14/16
Posts: 6
I left the office in Brownsville a message today, along with putting in a call at Las Palomas WMA. Got to finally talk with the guy there, and he was very nice and helpful with suggestions. Going to start looking into guide services in the area and getting their thoughts. Will try the folks you mentioned too. Thanks again!

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#6549497 - 11/18/16 12:40 PM Re: Wanting to hunt Chachalaca [Re: Daisy8162001752015]
Cass Online   content
Bird Dog

Registered: 12/17/07
Posts: 310
Loc: Arlington
Here is the only post I have seen where someone reported actually shooting one:

http://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/6004531/Re:_chachalaca...#Post6004531


Cass


Edited by Cass (11/18/16 12:42 PM)

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#6552237 - 11/20/16 08:41 PM Re: Wanting to hunt Chachalaca [Re: Daisy8162001752015]
goosehunter51 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 11/25/06
Posts: 34
Hey Daisy!

I am the guy that got the Chachalaca in on the previous thread last year. Hit me up and I'll fill you in...It sounds like the two of us have a lot in common.

Greg aka goosehunter51

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#6560637 - 11/27/16 12:45 PM Re: Wanting to hunt Chachalaca [Re: goosehunter51]
Daisy8162001752015 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 11/14/16
Posts: 6
Sent you a PM, Greg. Thanks!

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#6571384 - 12/04/16 04:46 PM Re: Wanting to hunt Chachalaca [Re: Daisy8162001752015]
MClark Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 10/09/15
Posts: 119
Loc: Arizona
Here is a thread on another forum with a story of hunting chacalaca using a cat as a bird dog.
I don't know if true but a good read.
A few years ago I asked (not here) people about hunting them, all I got was smart remarks referring to the song.

M

http://www.levergunscommunity.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=38182

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#6574425 - 12/06/16 11:41 AM Re: Wanting to hunt Chachalaca [Re: MClark]
Daisy8162001752015 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 11/14/16
Posts: 6
I've gotten a lot of laughing as the initial response when I call an outfitter in the valley area and tell them I'm wanting to come hunt Chachalaca. Have hit a lot of dead ends, but I have a couple good leads with two guys I have spoke with. Plus I will try public land too. Hope to get a White Wing and White tipped Doves 5oo. I'll be down there for the dove opener.

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