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#6475024 - 09/30/16 12:58 PM Quail mega-covey!
cactusfishman Offline
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Saw the largest covey I have ever seen cross in front of my truck last weekend. Counted 43 of those suckers! They kept scurrying along side as I drove up the field. Thought I was going to run them over. They had no fear.
My place is in Haskell county.
What is the largest covey y'all have seen?

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#6475036 - 09/30/16 01:10 PM Re: Quail mega-covey! [Re: cactusfishman]
rickym Offline
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Multiple coveys when I was in Arizona as a child of 20+ im not a quail hunter and im sure ive seen bigger coveys but wasnt paying them any mind. In texas the biggest was 7 birds at my grandpas near eastland. Have recently considered giving quail huntin a try
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#6475044 - 09/30/16 01:14 PM Re: Quail mega-covey! [Re: cactusfishman]
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Originally Posted By: cactusfishman
Saw the largest covey I have ever seen cross in front of my truck last weekend. Counted 43 of those suckers! They kept scurrying along side as I drove up the field. Thought I was going to run them over. They had no fear.
My place is in Haskell county.
What is the largest covey y'all have seen?


It's called the fall shuffle. A covey of quail starts out as a family unit. They merge onto a large covey of several family units, then split back out into social units. I've seen too many to count. Maybe as many as 60.
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#6475062 - 09/30/16 01:23 PM Re: Quail mega-covey! [Re: cactusfishman]
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In 04-05, I know we saw coveys of Blues and Bobs both that were 60 plus. No way you could count them.
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#6475064 - 09/30/16 01:25 PM Re: Quail mega-covey! [Re: bill oxner]
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Bill's correct, years ago during the shuffle had a dog point along the Medicine River in south central Kansas and maybe 100 birds got up. Made the dog crazy. A month from now 20-25 bird coveys will be big ones.

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#6475163 - 09/30/16 03:04 PM Re: Quail mega-covey! [Re: cactusfishman]
NorthTXbirdhunter Offline
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One time, 1992, north of Sweetwater, I flushed a covey with at least 100-120 in it. Never before nor never since. My greatest witnessed covey rise of all time. One that I will never, ever forget. Yes, there had to be a shuffle of 4 to 5 coveys together. Seriously, they blacked the sun out for 2 to 3 seconds as they left. It left me speechless and looking for TP.

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#6475189 - 09/30/16 03:28 PM Re: Quail mega-covey! [Re: cactusfishman]
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Waders are needed for this thread.
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#6475207 - 09/30/16 03:41 PM Re: Quail mega-covey! [Re: tigger]
NorthTXbirdhunter Offline
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Originally Posted By: tigger
Waders are needed for this thread.


Tigger,
This will hit close to home with you. I COUNTED 60+ birds at one time under a deer feeder last season in Kent County. All Bobs.

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#6475247 - 09/30/16 04:17 PM Re: Quail mega-covey! [Re: tigger]
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Originally Posted By: tigger
Waders are needed for this thread.


Make sure the waders are new don't want any leakage, less than a week later I was working dogs with Don Gerstner who had a wonderful dog named Oklahoma's Mark. Mark pointed on the edge of a huge plum thicket and at least 50 or 60 birds lifted all around Mark. They flew across the river and we got a pretty good count on the birds. Those are the only times I have been out and witnessed the shuffle but if you hit it right it's really an amazing deal..

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#6475276 - 09/30/16 04:45 PM Re: Quail mega-covey! [Re: NorthTXbirdhunter]
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Originally Posted By: NorthTXbirdhunter
Originally Posted By: tigger
Waders are needed for this thread.


Tigger,
This will hit close to home with you. I COUNTED 60+ birds at one time under a deer feeder last season in Kent County. All Bobs.


How many coveys do you believe that was.
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If it isn't white it is not a birddog.

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#6475278 - 09/30/16 04:47 PM Re: Quail mega-covey! [Re: cactusfishman]
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The last boom year I shot a pointed covey and a least 5 coveys flushed from the shooting.
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If it isn't white it is not a birddog.

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Lying is lying. Don't bitch about one doing it and condone another. That's called hypocrisy.
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#6475305 - 09/30/16 05:27 PM Re: Quail mega-covey! [Re: tigger]
NorthTXbirdhunter Offline
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Originally Posted By: tigger
Originally Posted By: NorthTXbirdhunter
[quote=tigger]Waders are needed for this thread.


Tigger,
This will hit close to home with you. I COUNTED 60+ birds at one time under a deer feeder last season in Kent County. All Bobs. [/quoti
How many coveys do you believe that was.


4-5

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#6475617 - 09/30/16 11:38 PM Re: Quail mega-covey! [Re: cactusfishman]
westexhunt Offline
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Nothing like the numbers you guys are reporting but in Schleicher, Tom Green, Concho, Runnels and Taylor counties where I hunt and check cattle I am seeing more quail than I have in 20 years or so. No huge coveys but plenty of 8-15 bird coveys. It's great. I'm not hunting any of them this year. Will wait and see what next year holds.

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#6475640 - 10/01/16 12:41 AM Re: Quail mega-covey! [Re: cactusfishman]
cattle69 Offline
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Wait if you want, but can't get much better than this year. I will be hunting in all those counties this year and a few more to boot!
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#6475651 - 10/01/16 03:55 AM Re: Quail mega-covey! [Re: cactusfishman]
Chuckw Offline
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Registered: 11/05/14
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05 was the best year in memory. We hunted 1/2 mile of creek bottom all season and never failed to limit. It seemed like you never really got out of one covey into the next. It was public land too! I suspect this year could rival 05.....

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