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#5795371 - 06/18/15 04:58 PM Any quail hatch update?
coonie Offline


Registered: 07/16/09
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Anyone been in the area south of Abilene and Coleman that can give us a quail hatch update?
Thanks

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#5795512 - 06/18/15 06:25 PM Re: Any quail hatch update? [Re: coonie]
bill oxner Offline
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It's a good question. It has been on my mind. I've known nests to get flooded out.
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#5796101 - 06/19/15 05:43 AM Re: Any quail hatch update? [Re: coonie]
HWY_MAN Offline
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Hell of a hatch out here! Them little chit's are running every where, momma Blue ran across the road yesterday morning and had 15 to 16 little ones with her. This bunch was about 3 to 3 1/2 inches tall.
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#5796115 - 06/19/15 06:19 AM Re: Any quail hatch update? [Re: coonie]
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Sweet! Did yall catch a lot of rain Hwy Man?

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#5796266 - 06/19/15 08:36 AM Re: Any quail hatch update? [Re: coonie]
redchevy Offline
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Had a great hatch in south texas, more little ones than ive seen in a while
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#5796467 - 06/19/15 11:37 AM Re: Any quail hatch update? [Re: Catch Dog]
HWY_MAN Offline
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Originally Posted By: Catch Dog
Sweet! Did yall catch a lot of rain Hwy Man?


Yes we have, pastures are the greenest I've seen in year's.
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#5796861 - 06/19/15 03:59 PM Re: Any quail hatch update? [Re: coonie]
8pointdrop Offline
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Good hatch in Nolan/Fisher and they're growing quick. Busted a momma yesterday and babies flushed with her.

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#5804342 - 06/24/15 07:44 PM Re: Any quail hatch update? [Re: coonie]
tigger Offline
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I went to my lease in Kent County Monday, and saw baby birds, pairs, and heard birds calling. Wind blowing 30mph, 90+ degrees. Lots of weeds, sunflowers, and insects. Looking real good so far even though conditions to hear and see birds was pretty poor. You cannot see a bird unless it is in the middle of road or flushes from your vehicle. I still need 4 to fill 18500 acre lease, all huntable all quail season.


Edited by tigger (06/24/15 07:47 PM)
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#5804676 - 06/24/15 10:29 PM Re: Any quail hatch update? [Re: coonie]
Simple Searcher Offline
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South of you near Brady we are seeing the most that we have seen in years. We have laid off of hunting for 5 years now, looks to be paying off.
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#5807001 - 06/26/15 01:57 PM Re: Any quail hatch update? [Re: coonie]
8pointdrop Offline
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Flushed more in Nolan this morning. Had to be 2 clutches. 2 to 3 adults and 20+ little sparrow sized chicks. What's average clutch size? That was the most I've seen at once maybe ever.

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#5807172 - 06/26/15 04:19 PM Re: Any quail hatch update? [Re: coonie]
coolie Offline
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Registered: 12/19/06
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I was in the Wellington, Quail, Aberdeen area three weeks ago. We watched 12 pairs running the roads in a little more than three hours. I heard more whistles than I've heard in a long time.

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#5810509 - 06/29/15 05:37 PM Re: Any quail hatch update? [Re: coonie]
John Humbert Offline
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I was at deer lease bear Blackwell this weekend and saw lots of quail. Including seeng a mom&pop with at prolly 20 chicks in tow. Never seen that many chicks.

Then I went just NW of Menard to look at ranch to purchase and saw lots of quail with large brood of chicks while walking the property

This year I've seen more quail and chicks than I've seen in the past 20 years. Including last year, which was pretty good too!

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#5811117 - 06/30/15 07:04 AM Re: Any quail hatch update? [Re: coonie]
DUKFVR Offline
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Registered: 11/02/09
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Quail are doing great at our place in Santa Anna. Birds calling all over the place & seeing some broods. Tough to see any though with all the grass. We were driving around Gouldbuusk & heard quail in several places there when we stopped to look around.

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#5811762 - 06/30/15 02:35 PM Re: Any quail hatch update? [Re: coonie]
coolie Offline
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Loc: Ennis, TX
This should put to rest, but it won't, what is needed for good quail numbers...water.

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#5812330 - 06/30/15 08:01 PM Re: Any quail hatch update? [Re: coolie]
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Originally Posted By: coolie
This should put to rest, but it won't, what is needed for good quail numbers...water.


Coolie,
I agree with you that nothing moves the needle on successful quail hatches like moisture does here in Texas. My question is what happened to the quail in the SE United States that were just as plentiful as Texas not over 30 years ago? Why have they not come back on their own? The Tall Timbers Organization has done great things in restoring wild quail down there but nothing would have happened without that project. And that part of the country had plenty of rain in most years.

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