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 – even an excellent bird dog – is going to find all tight-holding quail. That is simply not the case. The best of bird dogs will miss a good percentage of the tight-holding quail and that is why it is so important to go slow, be patient, and give the dog extra time. If need be, move where the wind direction is an advantage to the dog. All the dog has to go on is the quail’s scent trail and at times that can be very small or it can be diluted somewhat by certain plant smells or structures that interfere with the scent. So remember, just because you have a dog in the area, doesn’t guarantee it will find the majority of the tight-holding birds. To give a dog the best advantage, it’s sometimes necessary to go through an area two and three times.