Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Nope, not going to that putrid metropolis. I'm talking about the assembly call of the California quail, which sounds like a staccato pronunciation of the word "Chicago." I'll be trying my hand at mimicry just after Jolly Old Saint Nick has left the area and returned to his 0N, 0W lair.

The call I'm going to try is made by Primos. It's a clear, orange plastic with some sort of a reed inside. I've been practicing with it off and on for the last few months, so we'll see in a couple of weeks how well it does (or does not) do (assuming I do my part of the job right).

I know people use calls for ducks and geese, turkey, coyotes, deer, elk and moose. This is not news. But, I have yet to run into a person that uses one for quail. Someone must use them, or Primos and a few other manufacturers wouldn't be selling them. At worst I'm going to spook the birds (OK, that's a pretty bad "at worst") and at best I might draw them out of cover.

I figure on getting more calling practice with duck calls next season, as I plan to take up blind hunting for ducks, or at least give it a good try to see if it's something I like. I mean, it's hunting. It's ducks. It's shotguns. It's out in the field. So what could possibly be not to like? I don't know - that's what I'm going to find out, if anything.

So the full report after the hunt will follow. We'll see how it goes.

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