So, does anyone have suggestions for quail loads, especially when the birds are more easily spooked later in the season?
I usually shoot 7.5 or 8 shot in a low base shell (high brass or larger shot tears those little guys up too much in my experience) through either a modified or improved cylinder choke. The IC makes doubles a distinct possibility if I shoulder the shotgun quickly enough. If the birds are busting way out, the modified choke helps me reach out a little further (that extra 5 or 10 yards can help), but with lots of single birds down (assuming my shooting is good enough.)
Hoping the weather holds.