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Tip: Bird Dogs for Quail Hunting

When it comes to bird dogs, a great asset in a dog is trustworthiness. This is a dog that does not need continual commands and when is out of sight, can be trusted to point and hold the bird. So the tip here is: Look for a dog that can be trusted. Many people believe that a good bird dog ... Read More »

Tip: Quail “Pockets”

Why is it in years with lower quail numbers, it seems that only pockets of quail are found? The answer to that can involve fluctuations in food source, cover, roosting areas, and other reasons, but one reason is due to what takes place during the breeding season. Certain habitat is much more desirable to quail than other habitat, so when ... Read More »

Basic Scouting Tips for Quail

1. When going into an area you are not familiar with, do your best to go in when it’s dry (say maybe a couple weeks since any rain). You’ll be able to better locate concentrations of birds due to higher visibility of tracks around roost sites and along two-track roads. Rainy weather and the resulting waterholes allows birds to possibly ... Read More »

Tip: Covey rise of Gambel’s and Scaled

Covey rise (Gambel’s and Scaled) Sometimes in areas of heavier ground cover you’ll flush what looks to be a smaller covey – what appears to be about 8 to 10 birds. However, there are times when the majority of the covey will actually run and scatter on the ground. What you’ll want to do is mark the spot where the ... Read More »

Tip: When the birds win

When the birds win. It’s exciting to see a good sized covey of birds flush into what looks to be a situation that will work in your favor – good cover, good terrain, big covey. But they just won’t set, won’t cooperate, and they fly again and again, flushing wild. They just plain get away. It happens – accept that ... Read More »

Tip: Empty shells

Empties are 100% considered to be littering!! – please pick them up. Read More »

Tip: Noise level on the hunt

Truck doors slamming, uncontrolled dogs, and yelling at uncontrolled dogs – noise can and does spook any quail that may be nearby. This is especially true in areas that have been heavily hunted. So the tip is: stay quiet – around the vehicles as well as out in the field. Read More »

Tip: Quail calls

Gambel’s quail are very vocal making it possible to locate coveys or individual birds with a call. Once a covey has scattered and if they cannot be located, wait 10 or 15 minutes and then use a call. A quail call is an important part of your equipment when hunting Gambel’s quail. Read More »

Tip: When the covey flushes

Where did they go? – You’re hunting Gambel’s quail in hill country, a covey flushes, and you watch them light. You hike on over with plans to begin shooting and they’re not where you clearly saw them light. Typically, one or two may take cover and set, but the majority of a Gambel’s covey will light and then run, splitting ... Read More »

Tip: Follow the bird

Gambel’s quail are tough. They can be hit hard and still run. Here’s a practice that can really make a difference in limiting the number of lost or crippled quail. Typically, a hunter will shoot a bird and automatically his gun will come down to watch where the bird drops. Try following the bird down with your gun up and ... Read More »

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