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#6553129 - 11/21/16 02:15 PM Quail Hunting (Matador WMA)
DFWHunter123 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 01/19/16
Posts: 26
Some friends and I are taking our old travel trailer up to Matador WMA in early January to hopefully get some quail hunting in. Was hoping for any advice or tips you all may have. It's been years since I've been, we don't have dogs and this is the first run on public land for us.

Thanks,
Brent

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#6553180 - 11/21/16 02:50 PM Re: Quail Hunting (Matador WMA) [Re: DFWHunter123]
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Light Foot

Registered: 12/07/14
Posts: 12
Loc: Longview
I have been a few times in the past. I believe hunting that late in the season without dogs would be tough with all of the pressure that Matador gets. It would probably be best to get in some of the rough terrain that a lot of people avoid.

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#6553208 - 11/21/16 03:10 PM Re: Quail Hunting (Matador WMA) [Re: DFWHunter123]
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Light Foot

Registered: 01/19/16
Posts: 26
I definitely appreciate the feedback. Did you generally have good outings in your experience? We're not looking to commit genocide on a covey.. mainly just a few birds each. A few of us just need to get out of the rat race for a bit.

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#6553239 - 11/21/16 03:37 PM Re: Quail Hunting (Matador WMA) [Re: DFWHunter123]
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Light Foot

Registered: 12/07/14
Posts: 12
Loc: Longview
We had a couple of decent hunts. We have only averaged around 4-5 coveys per day with mediocre dogs. The coveys seem to fly much longer distances there than other places we have hunted, making singles hard to find. It is a nice place to just get away, we always see a lot of other wildlife. They have some huge bucks.

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#6553240 - 11/21/16 03:39 PM Re: Quail Hunting (Matador WMA) [Re: DFWHunter123]
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Light Foot

Registered: 12/07/14
Posts: 12
Loc: Longview
We have not hunted it this year. With all the good reports it might be a little better than usual.

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#6553388 - 11/21/16 04:59 PM Re: Quail Hunting (Matador WMA) [Re: DFWHunter123]
1100aggie Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 09/20/15
Posts: 48
Loc: Tomball, TX
Try to go earlier if you can. Public land gets lots of pressure. It gets tougher as time goes on. I have only hunted quail on public land but never Matador. I'm heading up there this weekend. Same deal as you mentioned...just walking around, no dogs, etc. Hopefully we kick something up. If not, then at least I get to explore some new territory. Just 2 of us walking around, so we will see.

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#6554020 - 11/22/16 06:48 AM Re: Quail Hunting (Matador WMA) [Re: DFWHunter123]
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Woodsman

Registered: 09/01/16
Posts: 194
Loc: Commerce, TX
Have fun

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#6554354 - 11/22/16 10:06 AM Re: Quail Hunting (Matador WMA) [Re: DFWHunter123]
Wacm Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 05/13/16
Posts: 373
Loc: Wimberley, Tx
There is tons of areas in the back that are to thick to hunt with dogs cause you can't see them run. There were birds there. Dog walkers won't hunt that. We need you to push them out:)

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#6555028 - 11/22/16 06:38 PM Re: Quail Hunting (Matador WMA) [Re: DFWHunter123]
DFWHunter123 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 01/19/16
Posts: 26
Haha I really appreciate the pointers guys. Dually noted on the thick brush as well.

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#6555249 - 11/22/16 09:23 PM Re: Quail Hunting (Matador WMA) [Re: DFWHunter123]
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Registered: 07/13/09
Posts: 1878
Loc: Franklin, Tx Hunt in Panola ...
It's been a while since I've been out there, but the word on the street is that this is a banner year for quail. Without dogs, what I would do, is get everybody spread out before daylight. As it starts to break light, the quail will whistle. Locate the general area for each whistle heard. Then have everbdy meet up and compare notes and start working the closest whistles first. Each whistle heard will be a covey.

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#6555362 - 11/22/16 11:42 PM Re: Quail Hunting (Matador WMA) [Re: DFWHunter123]
DFWHunter123 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 01/19/16
Posts: 26
Now I'm real pumped up to get out there!

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#6555437 - 11/23/16 06:20 AM Re: Quail Hunting (Matador WMA) [Re: DFWHunter123]
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THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 09/07/04
Posts: 6822
Loc: Parker County, Tx
I use to hunt quail without dogs. I would just walk up to every brush pile and kick it. Walk, then stop frequently. They would fly when you would stop.

You could always just drive around and look for other hunters then listen to see who is finding birds. We call that "shotgun scouting". It works really good to find secret duck hunting spots.
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#6558527 - 11/25/16 03:10 PM Re: Quail Hunting (Matador WMA) [Re: DFWHunter123]
epp838 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 12/09/14
Posts: 211
Loc: DFW, TX
I was there last weekend, watch the hawks. We saw them on 4-5 different occasions fly down attacking the quail. We were surprised to see that but apperantly that's very common.

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#6558547 - 11/25/16 03:55 PM Re: Quail Hunting (Matador WMA) [Re: stinkbelly]
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gumshoe

Registered: 08/31/05
Posts: 16306
Loc: North Texas
Originally Posted By: stinkbelly
.... "shotgun scouting". It works really good to find secret duck hunting spots.


Makes me laugh when I see a duck boat fighting to get back into an area I am snipe hunting.
With all the late morning shooting going on they must think there are 1000s of ducks back there. clap
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#6559009 - 11/25/16 11:42 PM Re: Quail Hunting (Matador WMA) [Re: DFWHunter123]
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Light Foot

Registered: 01/19/16
Posts: 26
Ah that'll really helpful. Had no idea about the Hawks. How'd y'all fair out there?


Edited by DFWHunter123 (11/26/16 12:28 AM)

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