What’s Happening Now – December 2015
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Mearns’ season is just around the corner and is expected to be a pretty nice one. With Gambel’s numbers up and Mearns’ being good, here’s a great recipe for quail stew:
This is a quick and easy recipe to make. It’s unusual for a southwestern recipe not to have tomatoes, but the jalapeños, cumin, garlic, and oregano make it flavorful and aromatic. With corn, beans, and potatoes, this is a very filling stew for a winter evening.
12 quail, breasts and thighs cut into bite-sized pieces
2 tsp. olive oil
2 onions, chopped
4 jalapeños, seeded and minced
4 cloves minced garlic
3 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano
2 pounds medium red potatoes cut into bit-sized pieces
30 oz. canned white cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
4 cups chicken broth
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips
1 cup chopped cilantro
1. In a large skillet, heat oil, add quail pieces and cook 6 to 8 minutes until browned on both sides. Remove meat to a bowl.
2. In the skillet, add onion, jalapeños, garlic, cumin, and oregano and cook covered about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Transfer meat and cooked vegetables to a large pot. Add potatoes, beans, corn, broth, and salt. Simmer, covered for 20-30 minutes, until potatoes are fork tender.
4. Stir in tortilla chips and cook uncovered about 2 minutes, until mixture thickens slightly.
Serve in bowls topped with cilantro and sour cream. Serve with fresh corn bread and salad.
Recipe by Roger Anderson and published in Pheasant Recipes To Kill For.
Tip: Get on ’em!
Here’s a helpful Scaled quail tip that applies to Gambel’s quail as well:
When you see quail, get out and get on them or they’ll get away. Don’t wait around any or drive a little further, just get after ‘em!
A related tip from Pointing Dog Journal:
“Initially I took my time getting out of the truck getting my gear together and getting the dogs out. I learned this 15 minute delay in getting after the birds I flushed was way too long. I rarely found more than one or two singles. The secret, I found, was that when a covey got up, whether I was driving or hunting I needed to get after them in a hurry. The faster I got to where I had seen them go down the more likely it was I would get a point in a shooting opportunity.” – From Pointing Dog Journal
Tactic: Yellow Lens Glasses
You won’t need a pair on a bright, sunny day in a grassy area, but you’ll be glad you kept a pair in one of your extra vest pockets when a day is cloudy or you are hunting in areas with a dark background. With the gray color of the birds’ back feathers, it can be very difficult to clearly pick one out against a dark background, dark rocks, or dark trees. It is easier to hit something you can see, you know, and the older one gets…
Check out this pair of yellow lens glasses on Amazon.com!
From Cabela’s: “Yellow or Orange tints – Improve contrast and give a sensation of heightened visual acuity. Lenses in these hues block haze and blue light and enhance the orange color of the target. The brighter yellow the lens color is, the better it is for use during low-light conditions.”
Hunting Vest Accessory Recommendations
A helpful addition to Q5 Outdoor Products is the Accessory Recommendations page. These are products that I have found to be greatly beneficial while upland bird hunting. Though I have not personally used all the products listed, others I have hunted with have so I’ve included these products as well. – Dan Priest
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