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    Default Found these in town in Fairbanks

    So yesterday morning I was headed down the road and saw what I thought at first were sharp tailed grouse until I got close. They were there again this morning and I managed to get a photo with the cell. Turns out they are Chuckars. Strange part is that they right here in the middle of town in Fairbanks. From what i have read it is not unusual for people to see them around hatcheries or places to train your dogs down south, and there is a place that sells them for training in Delta but to my knowledge there isnt anyplace around here that sells them. I doubt that they flew in from Delta... Tomorrow I may have to get out the pellet gun...

    Just curious to hear others thoughts on this. Anyone seen any others around here?

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    Yep, they are chukar. They were probably chicks this spring. Someone raised them and they escaped! You can mail order them, or get them from Alaska Feed in the spring. I have raised them in the past most recently more than a dozen last year (came from Alaska Feed). They are a tough hardy bird, which tastes great. I think I'm going to rise more next year (this year was too busy). They are easy keepers compared to the likes of pheasants.
    "If I could shoot a game bird and still not hurt it, the way I can take a trout on a fly and release it, I doubt if I would kill another one." George Bird Evans

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    On a side note, I have seen turkeys and guinea fowl around town over the years! The weirdest thing though was seeing a pheasant fly across the road near Paxson. I was with a buddy, and we both looked at each other (both familiar with pheasants) in disbelief.
    "If I could shoot a game bird and still not hurt it, the way I can take a trout on a fly and release it, I doubt if I would kill another one." George Bird Evans

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    Still think it's weird seeing a hen turkey by the back gate of Wainwright. But Hoyt is right, they are propably escapees from someone's attempt at raising birds in town.

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    Supposedly There are Pheasants off Keystone road Soldotna, but since Fish and Game do not recognize them, you can shoot them any time of the year and no limit, I have still to see them, Lots of bears in the area.

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    Good eats if you get your pellet gun out. Fun birds to shoot to.

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