Thursday, December 31, 2009


No quail. Saw plenty, but the birds were flushing either 1) well out of shotgun range, or 2) all out of heavy cover and of course opposite of my avenue of approach. I'm guessing by this point in the season, especially with folks hunting closer to home, that these birds are pretty skittish. I know the pheasant were acting pretty much the same way up to the end of the season.

Normally I see quail holding in cover, both in the trees and on the ground. The ones that ground flush usually give you a shot, as they aren't immediately in or behind cover for 2 or 3 seconds - enough time to shoulder, draw a bead, and at least put one round downrange. Other than than the odd single flushing out of thick ground cover (once or twice the whole trip, at most), everything flushed up high, far and away.

I have a theory that if the pressure lets up with the holidays and the recent rains, the birds may return to ground and ease up. I was able to call to coveys and locate them, but that's about it. Saw some turkey kills (coyotes or other predators), a coyote, and plenty of coveys on the ground everywhere by the property I hunted (typical). Plenty of rabbits (cottontails and jacks) for stew as well.

Maybe I'll get one last trip in before the 1/31 closer. Maybe not. We'll see.