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#6119398 - 01/05/16 08:14 AM Matador wma
3 alarm bbq Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 11/08/11
Posts: 224
Loc: hurst
We are headed out to Matador wma next week. Does anyone have any recent reports?


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#6119423 - 01/05/16 08:28 AM Re: Matador wma [Re: 3 alarm bbq]
coolie Offline
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Registered: 12/19/06
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Loc: Ennis, TX
I went opening weekend. Lots of birds.

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#6120889 - 01/05/16 07:11 PM Re: Matador wma [Re: 3 alarm bbq]
The Point Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 01/02/16
Posts: 21
Loc: Rowlett, TX
Lots of birds early in the season. Been hunted hard. Lots tougher now.


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#6121063 - 01/05/16 08:35 PM Re: Matador wma [Re: 3 alarm bbq]
MS1454 Offline
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Registered: 01/27/08
Posts: 2699
Loc: Houston/Sealy
Does anyone have anything else to report? How many covies found? How long they hunted etc?
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#6121267 - 01/05/16 10:24 PM Re: Matador wma [Re: 3 alarm bbq]
nak Offline
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Registered: 08/26/12
Posts: 783
Loc: DFW
Nothing to see or shoot there...move along
peep

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We've been a couple of times this year. Lots of birds, but even more cover. It's tough walking and a lot of the area has bad sand burs. Booting the dogs is your best bet. The Blues are still off limits there. The birds have gotten very skittish from all the pressure, and we've seen coveys flush without man or dog within 30 yards.


forecast is for a low of 19 there this weekend. eeks333
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#6121323 - 01/06/16 12:30 AM Re: Matador wma [Re: 3 alarm bbq]
CinchMan Offline
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Registered: 10/11/09
Posts: 1338
Loc: Country Past The City Limit Si...
Can one of y'all download a map and circle the exact areas you've found every single covey? Along with time, weather, what dogs, size of coveys, what truck you were driving, gun you were shooting etc?
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#6121493 - 01/06/16 08:07 AM Re: Matador wma [Re: CinchMan]
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Originally Posted By: CinchMan
Can one of y'all download a map and circle the exact areas you've found every single covey? Along with time, weather, what dogs, size of coveys, what truck you were driving, gun you were shooting etc?


Good to see this section becoming like the migratory bird section. Gotta love it
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#6121642 - 01/06/16 09:34 AM Re: Matador wma [Re: Baylor_Bears]
MS1454 Offline
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Registered: 01/27/08
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Originally Posted By: Baylor_Bears
Originally Posted By: CinchMan
Can one of y'all download a map and circle the exact areas you've found every single covey? Along with time, weather, what dogs, size of coveys, what truck you were driving, gun you were shooting etc?


Good to see this section becoming like the migratory bird section. Gotta love it


x2 haha
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#6121653 - 01/06/16 09:39 AM Re: Matador wma [Re: 3 alarm bbq]
kindall Offline


Registered: 08/01/09
Posts: 3768
Loc: Spring, Tx
Most people can find ducks easier than we can find places to hunt wild quail.
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#6121706 - 01/06/16 10:02 AM Re: Matador wma [Re: Baylor_Bears]
CinchMan Offline
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Originally Posted By: Baylor_Bears
Originally Posted By: CinchMan
Can one of y'all download a map and circle the exact areas you've found every single covey? Along with time, weather, what dogs, size of coveys, what truck you were driving, gun you were shooting etc?


Good to see this section becoming like the migratory bird section. Gotta love it


From some of the stuff I've seen in this upland section, I'd much rather it become more like the migratory section than see more tailgate shots of 50-70 birds shot by 3 guys in 3 days, oh wait, every covey they found had at least 35-75 birds in it so it won't hurt them to take out 6. Plus, what's posted on here isn't only seen by forum members. Have a hunt ruined by some idiot on public land and you'll sing a different tune. Unfortunately, Texas has extremely limited public land opportunities compared to other states and way too high of a bag limit set.
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#6122507 - 01/06/16 03:57 PM Re: Matador wma [Re: 3 alarm bbq]
kindall Offline


Registered: 08/01/09
Posts: 3768
Loc: Spring, Tx
If a long time member wanted information on a property, I'd tell them.
I wouldn't post it openly on the forum, but through pms.

I mostly hunt private land, and may take 10-15 birds total the whole season. That's my decision, based on the number of coveys I see. Others are free to make their own decisions, and I'm not going to down someone that is staying within the legal limits.
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#6122643 - 01/06/16 05:01 PM Re: Matador wma [Re: kindall]
CinchMan Offline
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Originally Posted By: kindall
If a long time member wanted information on a property, I'd tell them.
I wouldn't post it openly on the forum, but through pms.

I mostly hunt private land, and may take 10-15 birds total the whole season. That's my decision, based on the number of coveys I see. Others are free to make their own decisions, and I'm not going to down someone that is staying within the legal limits.


I agree and I'm in the same boat as you. I mainly hunt all private except for out of state hunts. If it were a longstanding contributing member, I'd help through pm and have several times. I think the legal limit is too high and there are some out there that are clearly out for a good tailgate pic stack of birds only, and it may be legal. But I sure as heck wouldn't post anything about any land that is accessible to a person like that. Is it legal for 10 guys to hunt together, find 10 coveys of 15 quail and chase down every single there is and shoot them all? Yup it is. Is it legal to pot shot a covey of quail on the ground? Yup. Doesn't make it ethical though. Just too many jackasses on the internet these days to post about public spots.
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#6122746 - 01/06/16 05:56 PM Re: Matador wma [Re: 3 alarm bbq]
MS1454 Offline
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Registered: 01/27/08
Posts: 2699
Loc: Houston/Sealy
I get private PMs asking about my hunts and I have no problem sharing information. I have had other members tell me where they found birds and how many. Never had anything ruined while hunting the Chaparral WMA. Its 15,000 acres and the average bird per hunter in December was 1.99. Am not worried about sharing information as from what I have seen, not everyone even has a dog, or can shoot that well and that includes me.

I had a great conversation loading up and leaving with an older gentleman and his wife. He asked me what I had seen and how many. I told him exactly what I saw and and how many and where. We chit chatted a bit and then we left. Couldn't have talked to a nicer couple. Definitely didn't get the feeling they were out to get a tailgate pic. Had I gotten that feeling, maybe I wouldn't have said anything.

Not sure why the worry if you don't even hunt public land here. I agree with you on the ethical business but its public land.

I hunted the Chap and hunted South Blue Jay just off the main road on the left. Saw several covies there, go get em boys!
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#6122808 - 01/06/16 06:32 PM Re: Matador wma [Re: 3 alarm bbq]
bill oxner Online   content
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Registered: 11/03/09
Posts: 32555
Loc: Richmond
I like the turn that this thread has taken.
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#6122959 - 01/06/16 07:50 PM Re: Matador wma [Re: 3 alarm bbq]
nak Offline
Tracker

Registered: 08/26/12
Posts: 783
Loc: DFW
The great thing about Matador, is that it helps separates the upland hunters from the ATV drivers peep

Even with the no ATV and no off-road restrictions, I would venture that half or more of the quail taken this year on Matador have been spotted, or flushed, driving the roads, then the singles chased down. For me, this falls in the same category as trying to kill every bird in a covey. I've also seen tire tracks well off marked roads in a couple of places. Its a shame.
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