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#6800676 - 06/22/17 07:16 AM How about a few bird reports?
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We've had good rain here in my area, south of DFW. And we're heading into a surplus it seems, more rain this weekend.
Since rain = good quail production, how about some rain / bird reports from around the Lone Star State?
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#6800818 - 06/22/17 09:19 AM Re: How about a few bird reports? [Re: reeltexan]
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Well, I'm seeing lots of pairs out west. Monahans, Pecos, Mentone, Balmorhea areas. Havn't seen any chicks yet tho. Kinda surprising.
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#6801444 - 06/22/17 08:16 PM Re: How about a few bird reports? [Re: reeltexan]
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Dale, the birds here are MORE than I have seen in the last two years. That 100 acres that we hunted, burned this last fall. I'm with poisonivie, lots of pairs but no little ones. confused2

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#6801779 - 06/23/17 09:02 AM Re: How about a few bird reports? [Re: reeltexan]
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In Duval Co...

I have been seeing steady pairs from the first of March till now. Saw my first chicks (several groups) flying 2 weeks ago and also saw two coveys of adult birds (~8-9 birds), but still most adult birds are being seen in pairs. Pastures and disturbed areas from winter discing are covered in forbs and knee high croton across the southern part of the county from the late May/early June rains we had. In early mornings and late evenings these areas are covered up with birds feeding on insects. More rain in the forecast over the next week, so if we continue to get it through July and August, we should see numbers that will compare to the last two years.
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#6802352 - 06/23/17 05:46 PM Re: How about a few bird reports? [Re: reeltexan]
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Saw my first chicks today, about half the size of Momma.
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#6802521 - 06/23/17 08:18 PM Re: How about a few bird reports? [Re: reeltexan]
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The fellow that cuts hay for me told me today that he saw a rooster and a hen near his house just outside of Bardwell.
Not many quail spotted in that part of the state for years.
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#6802537 - 06/23/17 08:39 PM Re: How about a few bird reports? [Re: reeltexan]
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Originally Posted By: reeltexan
The fellow that cuts hay for me told me today that he saw a rooster and a hen near his house just outside of Bardwell.
Not many quail spotted in that part of the state for years.

I grew up near Bardwell in a little community called Rankin. Went on my first Quail hunt there.


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#6802705 - 06/24/17 05:56 AM Re: How about a few bird reports? [Re: reeltexan]
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John,
Our farm is in Rankin. Right down the road from what used to be the Rankin Store. FM 984.
The fellow that saw the quail is named Bacak.

I bet we know some of the same folks.
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#6802762 - 06/24/17 07:35 AM Re: How about a few bird reports? [Re: reeltexan]
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My Father owned The Rankin store in the mid 70's-mid 80's. I grew up across the road from the store. I quail and Rabbit hunted all around there. Was a lot of Quail in the 70's and 80's.


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#6802815 - 06/24/17 09:01 AM Re: How about a few bird reports? [Re: reeltexan]
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Our place is the Turner Farm, owned by the grandmother back then, Mrs. Ramsey. I used to go to the Rankin Store for beer, rat cheese and hangdown. This was in the early 90s. A mailman we called Grumpy owned it then.

I've released a lot of quail there over the past dozen years or so, working dogs. I know some have survived down in Onion Creek.
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#6802945 - 06/24/17 10:49 AM Re: How about a few bird reports? [Re: reeltexan]
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I remember The name Ramsey. Yep, half moon cheese and hang down was the deal back then, top off with a cold beer. I moved to Dallas chasing the dream after I graduated in 1980, Dad died in 2003 and Mom moved to Grand Prairie with my sister about six years ago. I sold their house and haven't been back since. Don't know if I'll ever see Rankin again, just no reason to go back now.

I spent a lot of days in that old store, use to run it for Dad after school and in the Summers. Thanks for the memories.
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#6802960 - 06/24/17 11:15 AM Re: How about a few bird reports? [Re: reeltexan]
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Good to know, John. All the times I've hunted at your place and never knew.
Seems like everybody knows somebody that you know.
Pretty neat.
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#6803050 - 06/24/17 01:25 PM Re: How about a few bird reports? [Re: reeltexan]
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I found this old pic of Dad and the store before he passed, store had been closed down for a few years. This was probably 2000-2002 sometime. Thinking back I think he sold it about 1987.
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#6803259 - 06/24/17 06:01 PM Re: How about a few bird reports? [Re: reeltexan]
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my boots on the ground in fisher and kent county tell be he is seeing a few broods and lots of pairs. Dry and needs a rain and lower temperatures
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#6803929 - 06/25/17 05:13 PM Re: How about a few bird reports? [Re: reeltexan]
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Saw first set of new birds yesterday in Irion co. About 2" tall and about 12 of them.

Had a 2" rain Friday that should definitely be beneficial. up

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