November has almost come and gone and it brought with it dry weather. It might have been one of the driest and warmest Thanksgivings on recent record. Quail hunting reports are mixed with some doing very well and seeing lots of birds while most are finding the quail struggling . One thing to keep in mind is……if you are seeing quail tracks like the picture above do not get discouraged. It is likely that the birds are all loafed up in a shrub or Prickly Pear hiding and being wary.You will need lots of heat stamina during these times to find there hiding place.
One scouting tip would be to locate areas like this when its dry which will give you somewhere to hunt later on.You don’t necessarily need to see quail. Spots like this are a good indicator that there are plenty of birds around. Come back and hunt it when it cools down.
Cooler temps are right around the corner! Hopefully with some rain! Just in time for the December 8th opener for Mearns quail.
Also a bit of news from the southern chapter of quail forever.
They will be holding a quail festival!
Ryan Schmidt With A Q5 Vest -Adak Island Alaska
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TIP: WOUNDED QUAIL
When hunting without a dog and a bird is knocked down, keep your eye right on that spot and do not immediately move towards it. Study where it went down and look for a dead piece of cactus, a different rock formation or color, or something that stands out to you, and also don’t shoot at another bird during that time. Having kept your eye on the spot and identifying a landmark will give you the confidence about being in the right spot when you do move in. Then be sure to look over the area well because even when a quail is dead on the ground, they can blend in so well, especially if the area’s vegetation is thick.
Another area that hunters tend to lose crippled birds is not keeping an eye on a bird that feathers are knocked out of and the bird continues to fly as if it’s ok. Again, don’t take your eye off that bird – watch it for as far and as long as possible. There have been times that a bird has been feathered and, even with a dog, I watch closely where they light. They look fine, but when I get to that spot, there’ll be a dead bird.
Another situation is where a bird will fly, sometimes for quite a distance, like it hasn’t been hit, and then drop. The hunter has already decided he’s missed it even though the shot looked good, and moves on. But keep your eye on those birds, and even if you don’t see where it goes down, follow up in that direction, and many times a dog will be able to pick it up.
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