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    Himalayan Snowcock

    Anyone ever go after these guys? I was thinking of making a weekend trip over to the Rubies sometime in September to see if I could find some. It looks like they'll be tough to find and even tougher to shoot, but quite the experience, especially if I can actually get one.
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    Wow...never heard of them. Googled and found lots of information. Sorry, looks like I'm too old to give them a try. I love to hunt upland game birds and every year meet friends and we hunt Chukar in northern Nevada. Funny thig is that I have seen Chukar in California while deer hunting way above the timberline at about 10,500 feet. I was so surprised, but there has been a covey or 2 there every year.
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    Closest i got to one Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	6239 came across his tracks durring a deer hunt in fresh snow. If i was not chasing a buck i would have found him.

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    Hey there MSUcat61,
    While we haven't gone after them yet, it's on my buddy and I's list for this season. We've done quite a bit of research and have found a few online posts regarding hunting them. Until this year I had no idea that they existed, and we're now very keen on the idea of bagging one! Also have ptarmigan on our list next month in CA! Snowcock looks to be by far the most challenging bird to hunt, but you're rewarded with something special even regardless of taking one home with you as they tend to live in some beautiful country!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JReeves View Post
    Also have ptarmigan on our list
    I stumbled on some ptarmigan while i was elk hunting about 10 years ago. In the area here in SW Colorado where I found them, its above timberline and pretty tough hunting. Pretty hit & miss as sometimes I can't find them at all. I think its food source availabiltiy as they really like willows. Lost my Lab this year, so probably won't be going this year. Season opens here Sept 1.

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    I've hunted the high country of the Rubys for years and have yet to see one of those

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    I hunted north of Jiggs a few years back near the Ruby Crest Ranch and there was a decent number of Snowcock. We would see a few everyday that were within shooting distance. I wish I would have killed my buck before the last day, those birds would have been great to go after. They seemed to stay up in the rock up above the valley floor and they held tight until you were right up on them.

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    And see, the folks I talk to have seen them, but the birds have seen the hunters also and flew at a minimum of 200 yards away from the top of the mountain in the rocks half way to the bottom. Stories I hear are more challenging than 75% of the elk stories I hear. I have yet to meet someone successful, even though I know they are out there. One day I may try since I live right here, but right now I just dont seem to have the interest. I have a bull depredation tag in the Rubies starting in October, so maybe I will run into some.

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    Back in the mid-90's,we packed into the rubies,via lamoile and set camp below verdi lake,and bow hunted deer in that vicinity for 5 days. I came across a old camp it had a old dutch oven,and places to reign off horses,i asked the packer about it when he came to pack us out and he told us it was the camp he used for snowcock hunts,we never saw any but he said that was one of the better areas,all i know is that i wish i had a mountain goat tag cause they where in there and we saw them every day.

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    I've read some posts online and even watched a few youtube videos. In one they were hunting near Overland Lake/Pass. A guy who is a photographer but not a hunter suggested looking above Island Lake off of Lamoille Canyon. It looks like just getting above 10,000 feet and putting some boot leather down and even glassing for them in the rocks is the best advice so far. And also getting at or above the birds' elevation similar to chukar. Any other thoughts on locations, tactics?

    Also, I've read concerns about taking a dog along with due to the severity of the terrain and cliffiness, but I don't think I could live with myself not taking my dog on a bird hunt. I've taken him in some really sketchy spots chasing quail in Southern Nevada and chukar up here so I'm not too concerned. But then again, I've also seen several posts with guys taking their dogs without much issue. Any thoughts on this? And sorry to hear about your dog CC. I can only imagine how tough that must have been.

    Another benefit to this hunt is that it seems it should be reasonable to find blue grouse in the elevations leading up to the snowcock habitat. And of course the gorgeous views as JReeves already mentioned.
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