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#6542536 - 11/14/16 06:37 AM Best way to quail hunt WITHOUT dog(s)????
Ratrod101 Offline
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Registered: 08/23/13
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Never hunted quail before but our deer lease is covered up in quail....what's the best way to hunt them without dogs?
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#6542570 - 11/14/16 07:02 AM Re: Best way to quail hunt WITHOUT dog(s)???? [Re: Ratrod101]
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Grain the roads or better yet, call a friend with a dog.
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#6542772 - 11/14/16 09:19 AM Re: Best way to quail hunt WITHOUT dog(s)???? [Re: Ratrod101]
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We've had excellent shooting wild quail without dogs, but you'll need at least three people. Just form a line keeping about 20 yards apart as the cover allows and start walking. I've never hunted quail over dogs, but the only one I could see being useful is a lab retriever because sometimes we lose a downed bird in the brush.

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#6542799 - 11/14/16 09:37 AM Re: Best way to quail hunt WITHOUT dog(s)???? [Re: Eastwood]
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Originally Posted By: Eastwood
We've had excellent shooting wild quail without dogs, but you'll need at least three people. Just form a line keeping about 20 yards apart as the cover allows and start walking. I've never hunted quail over dogs, but the only one I could see being useful is a lab retriever because sometimes we lose a downed bird in the brush.

I don't know why people spend all that time and money training bird dogs. When all you really need is 2 buddies and maybe a retriever to stumble around and kill quail.

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#6542803 - 11/14/16 09:38 AM Re: Best way to quail hunt WITHOUT dog(s)???? [Re: Ratrod101]
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Walk about a hundred yard circle around each feeder.
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#6542805 - 11/14/16 09:39 AM Re: Best way to quail hunt WITHOUT dog(s)???? [Re: Ratrod101]
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Corn the roads and bunch shoot them when they're on the ground.That's the quickest way to get a mess.

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#6542839 - 11/14/16 09:57 AM Re: Best way to quail hunt WITHOUT dog(s)???? [Re: scalebuster]
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Originally Posted By: scalebuster
Originally Posted By: Eastwood
We've had excellent shooting wild quail without dogs, but you'll need at least three people. Just form a line keeping about 20 yards apart as the cover allows and start walking. I've never hunted quail over dogs, but the only one I could see being useful is a lab retriever because sometimes we lose a downed bird in the brush.

I don't know why people spend all that time and money training bird dogs. When all you really need is 2 buddies and maybe a retriever to stumble around and kill quail.


roflmao I thought the same thing, but remember that he stated that he has had excellent shooting wild quail without dogs. I think if he ever had the opportunity to hunt over some great pointers, he would soon realize just how valuable they can be and how much fun they are to watch.
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The dude up top has already taken lots of bone before this deer, both mule and whitetail.

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#6542859 - 11/14/16 10:13 AM Re: Best way to quail hunt WITHOUT dog(s)???? [Re: scalebuster]
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Originally Posted By: scalebuster
Originally Posted By: Eastwood
We've had excellent shooting wild quail without dogs, but you'll need at least three people. Just form a line keeping about 20 yards apart as the cover allows and start walking. I've never hunted quail over dogs, but the only one I could see being useful is a lab retriever because sometimes we lose a downed bird in the brush.

I don't know why people spend all that time and money training bird dogs. When all you really need is 2 buddies and maybe a retriever to stumble around and kill quail.


It's because the world stands still while bird dogs are pointing.
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#6542866 - 11/14/16 10:14 AM Re: Best way to quail hunt WITHOUT dog(s)???? [Re: Ratrod101]
Ratrod101 Offline
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Appreciate the info and ALL the PMs about hiring your dog(s) but I think for now, we aren't going to try and hunt behind dogs. It does concern us about losing birds in the grass/brush which is knee/thigh high
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#6542869 - 11/14/16 10:18 AM Re: Best way to quail hunt WITHOUT dog(s)???? [Re: Ratrod101]
Ratrod101 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Ratrod101
Appreciate the info and ALL the PMs about hiring your dog(s) but I think for now, we aren't going to try and hunt behind dogs. It does concern us about losing birds in the grass/brush which is knee/thigh high


BUT I can see the draw for sure, just watching videos makes me tense. Curious, what does it cost typically for someone to use their dogs? Lease is 30 mins west of Abilene.
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#6542879 - 11/14/16 10:21 AM Re: Best way to quail hunt WITHOUT dog(s)???? [Re: Ratrod101]
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Originally Posted By: Ratrod101
Originally Posted By: Ratrod101
Appreciate the info and ALL the PMs about hiring your dog(s) but I think for now, we aren't going to try and hunt behind dogs. It does concern us about losing birds in the grass/brush which is knee/thigh high


BUT I can see the draw for sure, just watching videos makes me tense. Curious, what does it cost typically for someone to use their dogs? Lease is 30 mins west of Abilene.


I'd do it free if I were closer.
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#6542913 - 11/14/16 10:34 AM Re: Best way to quail hunt WITHOUT dog(s)???? [Re: Ratrod101]
Bud1Pointer Offline
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Registered: 05/08/08
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Most guys I know with dogs will do it for free if you let them shoot too. But be careful, because most guys I know with dogs can shoot!!!!

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#6543144 - 11/14/16 12:37 PM Re: Best way to quail hunt WITHOUT dog(s)???? [Re: bill oxner]
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Originally Posted By: bill oxner


It's because the world stands still while bird dogs are pointing.




It sure does.
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#6543145 - 11/14/16 12:38 PM Re: Best way to quail hunt WITHOUT dog(s)???? [Re: Bud1Pointer]
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Originally Posted By: Bud1Pointer
Most guys I know with dogs will do it for free if you let them shoot too. But be careful, because most guys I know with dogs can shoot!!!!



They sure can.
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#6543497 - 11/14/16 04:14 PM Re: Best way to quail hunt WITHOUT dog(s)???? [Re: Ratrod101]
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Noodle? Anson? How many acres and how much cactus?
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