With the 2016-2017 quail season opening the end of September, we wanted to compare the high temperatures from the last 20 years for around this same time of year. The data comes from the Farmer’s Almanac and was recorded at the Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. The overall conclusion from these temperatures is that it’s still way too hot for bird dogs to function well for more than a few hours, let alone days. Also around this time of year, there is still a significant number of half-grown quail. It seems that a change in the season opening date would be welcomed, would you agree?
Farmer’s Almanac, end of September, recorded at the Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix:
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Tip: How To Be A Better Bird Hunter
Awareness is key. Awareness of:
- Scouting – Think Like a quail: Where do I find good cover? Where do I find good food? How do I stay away from predators?
- The location of other people
- Where the birds fly
- The location of your dog(s)
- Gun safety
- Your current physical condition (Stay in shape)
- Where the birds may flush
- Different sounds around you – stop occasionally, look and listen
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Recipe: BUTTERED QUAIL
12 semi-boned bobwhite quail
1/2 stick butter, melted
Kosher salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sandwich quail in several layers of paper towels and allow to dry completely, refrigerated, replacing towels as needed. Loosely fill birds with stuffing and place on a backing rack, breast side up.
Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes, rotate pan, and cook for another 10 minutes. Birds are done when skin is golden brown and juices run clear. Allow to rest 10 minutes.
To serve, put whole quail on plates and garnish with reserved brown butter and sage. Goes well with mashed potatoes.
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