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#6991809 - 12/11/17 10:30 AM Big Lake never fails
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I've owned ranches in Big Lake since 2004. In the last 13 years I've seen populations go up and down. For whatever reasons, even when the rest of the nation is suffering through quail "droughts", Big Lake still has huntable populations.

This isn't the best year, but the quail are still around. While others are seeing fewer quail this year than last, there is no discernable difference in our populations.


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#6991856 - 12/11/17 10:56 AM Re: Big Lake never fails [Re: therancher]
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cheers
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#6992090 - 12/11/17 01:44 PM Re: Big Lake never fails [Re: therancher]
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Is that a mix or just scaled quail??

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#6992228 - 12/11/17 03:33 PM Re: Big Lake never fails [Re: Wacm]
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Mostly blues.
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#6992424 - 12/11/17 05:33 PM Re: Big Lake never fails [Re: therancher]
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Skillet shot wink


Edited by 68rustbucket (12/11/17 05:34 PM)

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#6992645 - 12/11/17 08:34 PM Re: Big Lake never fails [Re: therancher]
Stompy Online   content
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Saw lots of Blues around Gail a couple of weeks ago.
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#7001310 - 12/18/17 03:11 PM Re: Big Lake never fails [Re: therancher]
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There used to be tons of blues up on Rocker B and ATA.
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#7001445 - 12/18/17 04:21 PM Re: Big Lake never fails [Re: therancher]
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I'm on a place up SW of Sterling City and the place is covered up with Blues and Bobs.
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#7002961 - 12/19/17 02:47 PM Re: Big Lake never fails [Re: therancher]
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Those blues sure are pretty.
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#7003031 - 12/19/17 03:26 PM Re: Big Lake never fails [Re: therancher]
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Shot this with my Nikon a few weeks ago. Gorgeous birds.
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#7005119 - 12/20/17 10:21 PM Re: Big Lake never fails [Re: 4Weight]
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Nice pic.
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#7005370 - 12/21/17 08:10 AM Re: Big Lake never fails [Re: therancher]
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nice pic, thanks for sharing
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#7005495 - 12/21/17 09:52 AM Re: Big Lake never fails [Re: 4Weight]
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Originally Posted By: 4Weight
Shot this with my Nikon a few weeks ago. Gorgeous birds.



They look twice the size of bobwhites until they are skinned.
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#7006093 - 12/21/17 05:46 PM Re: Big Lake never fails [Re: therancher]
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Yep. After cleaned you canít tell the difference

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#7006140 - 12/21/17 06:16 PM Re: Big Lake never fails [Re: therancher]
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This is a good time to repeat this.


[quote=bill oxner]I start by cutting off the wings and lower legs. It's important to leave the head attached.


There you have a whole skinned quail.

Next, you pull the leg over the back, and pull the legs off one at a time. It's best to pull from the front to the back.



Here you have a whole quail with the legs and thighs removed and in the pan.




You could see that I had the quail by the head with my right hand. Just pull the head and neck off and the intestines come with it.. You can see that I have the breast in one hand and the head with the backbone and guts in the other hand. Notice that my hands are still clean




I've done them every other way that's known, but this has always worked best for me. I can do them as fast as a helper can clip the wings and feet.
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