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Unread 04-09-2019, 03:10 PM   #11
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Quail hunting is my favorite type of upland gunning but grouse are a very close second. In Georgia there are only two guns allowed on the ground. Wild quail would be a real treat

I hunted wild quail early in my quail career, but never got one that I remember. We had a few coveys at our old farm south of Savannah. Wild quail are still out there in our part of the world, but not many.

Woodcock hunting is my new upland game bird, but I hope to add grouse to that list someday.
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31 coveys in 1 day. That's a lot of birds in the wild!!!
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I hunted wild quail early in my quail career, but never got one that I remember. We had a few coveys at our old farm south of Savannah. Wild quail are still out there in our part of the world, but not many.

Woodcock hunting is my new upland game bird, but I hope to add grouse to that list someday.
Come on up to Michigan next fall Mills I think between Rich and myself we can find you a few grouse.....
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It is my understanding that they have wild quail in heaven .
Yes they do and there are English Pointers and GSP combined with high grade small bores from all the name makers........After all it is heaven
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i too hunted quail in my youth plenty of quail back then...16 coveys in a day was the best we ever did no land was posted back then them was the days....charlie
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We had wild quail in VA well up into the 1970s. Thanks to "clean" farming by former suburbanites who demanded well-groomed country 'estates', out of control predator populations due to restrictions on shooting hawks and owls, the collapse of the fur market under siege by Hollywood glitterati which helped ground predator populations to explode, and perhaps the most underated of all, the burgeoning population of feral cats, it is almost unknown to see a quail off of game farm property today. The exact same criteria torpedoed the wonderful native pheasant hunting we had in north central MD just below the PA border in approximately the same time period. When you drive up into that country today, you occasionally see people pulled over in stopped cars trying to get a cell phone picture of a rooster. Millenial locals tell me it is quite and event.
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31 coveys in 1 day. That's a lot of birds in the wild!!!
This particular ranch, (about 115,000 acres) is arguably in the middle of the best wild bobwhite quail habitat left in the country. 31 coveys is a great day anywhere, but on this property about average during a good year for birds in decent scenting conditions. The property owners are also careful with their birds. If two or more birds are dropped on the flush, then singles are not hunted, and we move on to find the next covey. Interesting this past year, they had three hatches, and well into December we were still busting coveys of what we call "cottonballs" (juvenile birds) and we would make every effort not to shoot into those coveys.
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The exact same criteria torpedoed the wonderful native pheasant hunting we had in north central MD just below the PA border in approximately the same time period. When you drive up into that country today, you occasionally see people pulled over in stopped cars trying to get a cell phone picture of a rooster. Millenial locals tell me it is quite and event.

Let's go back to those happier times Kevin - I'm gonna search the Internet for plans for building a time machine.




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Let's go back to those happier times Kevin - I'm gonna search the Internet for plans for building a time machine.
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I'd sure help with this project. I'm an anachronism. I'll bet we could get help through a Go Fund Me initiative.
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As a kid I remember three or so big covey's that lived in a 100 acres of grown over farmland across the gravel dead end road we lived on also lots of roosters too! They would scar the daylights out of me when they got up. But that was 1965 and I was only 10! My dad did not hunt so I never got to do quail hunting..)-: That was about 1971. By the time I started rabbit hunting the Quail were all gone. They built a Flippin mall on that land that now is all but empty. We still had wild roosters and we would get one or two during a good rabbit hunt with a beagle dog. Dad gave my brother a sweet little Fox 20 with English stock and 28" tubes. Man I loved that gun! Later on I was given a Ranger 12 with SST and 30" tubes. It shot game like a rifle, I learned to let them get out there, we ate all the game taken. Them were the days!

So that was the history lesson....now about hunting quail now days. I have been going to Kansas now for about 10 seasons. The north west corner holds lots of wild roosters and some Bobs. We think the bobs are bonus birds kind like woodcock when grouse hunting. Anyway my hunting bud is younger than I and also lives in Ohio. He had never saw a covey of wild quail in his life while hunting anyway. I remember like a picture in the minds eye the first time he walked into a covey. At that time November 2011 quail numbers were o.k. we would see them most everyday. We were hunting our most favorite grown over 1/2 section home place. It always hold birds. It was one of those mild sun/cloud days with light breeze and we had hunted the circle and was almost done. There is a old fenced area about 8 or 10 acres with CRP grass and plumb thickets mixed in. We were walking the edge of the cut corn to the corner of the field leading to the center of this area. Steve was out in front about 10 yards and had already crossed over the old barbed wire fence that was partly down, the three dogs were out front to our right and did not pick up the scent. I was just stepping over the barbed wire when the covey went. Steve had stopped walking just for a moment. He was standing in the middle of the covey! All it took was that little pause was all it took and the quail all got up under him. I looked up at him dancing around shouldering his Fox 16, He shot two times fast, never touched a feather and Steve is a pretty good shot! I just stood there as it transpired as they all went strait away and left me no safe shot. Oh but one last bird went left and I downed it with one shot...(-: I wish I had a video of the flush. It would be priceless! God I love Kansas and wild quail!!! SXS Ohio
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