I wondered that too. I have hunting land in west tx I worry about since it's so flat. Here in Wimberley I ran my dog the other day. On the side of a fairly steep hill she slammed into a rock solid point. Her head was really low. I was doubting the quail were there. It's rough there and lots of cedar. I thought I'd honer her point by kicking some grass and I also was curious cause she was so solid. I went to kick the grass and spotted a hen quail on a nest between some roots of the ceded tree. She was so hidden and well protected. She was very uneasy and moved a bit as if to flush. I spotted a decent pile of eggs under her. I wish I got a picture but I was worried about disturbing her. I praised my dog and we got out of the area. I'm always impressed with quail. She picked a great place to nest. I hope she stays safe:)
Loc: CEDAR CREEK LAKE
I'm not as convinced as some of y'all. We had a decent huntable population of quail at our place in Oklahoma UNTIL last year. We had major flooding where West TX just got good soaking rains. We had very few birds last year. Don't know if the flooding got them or not but it's the only thing we could come up with.
Maybe I have the perfect weather type lease in West Texas. I heard from my LO this morning that in spite of the floods that much of the Rolling Plains and Crosstimbers regions has gotten, we have sort of missed the big one. He told me that we have only gotten 2.5" in the last 30 days. I hope we get a good rain, but he tells me that our quail are thriving right now. He is seeing pairs and hearing birds everywhere.