So here’s the scoop: back in the days of primitive tools and before the fast food industry (was there ever such a time???) the people of the Pribilof Islands hunted these little birds with bamboo sticks.
What is a Chuckii?
This is a flock of Chuchkiis in flight:
They’re about the size of a Robin, a little bigger though. They offer about two tablespoons of breast meat, so you’d need a basketful to feed all the hungry mouths.
The Hunting Method:
Bamboo sticks, or anything that you can whip into the air and force enough impact power to knock out a bird, is used as the primary weapon in Chuckii hunting.
Then you find a place on the rocks where you can be relatively hidden. You crouch down out of sight, and wait for the birds to approach, flying overhead.
When a flock advances towards you, quickly whip your bamboo stick into the air, cracking one of the birds in the head/body region. They’re small, so one good whack results in “falling sky” Chicken Little.
Now here’s the part that gets a little graphic and gross: the impact of the bamboo shot doesn’t kill the bird; it just stings it. The hunter must then wring the neck. I left this part out of the visual show-and-tell.
At the end of the morning, our group had 16 Chuckiis, and we are now on our way to find out how to clean, prepare, and cook a bowl of Chuckii soup.