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#6991913 - 12/11/17 11:41 AM Quail population took a hurting from last year
JCCinOhio Offline
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Registered: 08/27/14
Posts: 105
Last year took my 1yr old pup to my in-law's land near Vernon Tx and we must have jumped 300+ quail on his 80 acres in 1.5 days, didn't even cover the whole 80 acres.. Was really looking forward to the return trip to get my dog some steadiness on wild birds.. just got back from 3 FULL days hunting there, covered every inch we could numerous times. Jumped 1 covey of about 10... land surrounding his is all cow pasture, so they didn't leave.. the 80 acres is all sage (I think) and taller grass with lots of cover... great habitat.. I guess the spring rains really did a number on them.

There was loads of rabbits last year too... maybe saw 5 this year.

I'm gutted.. Couldn't bring myself to hunt that one covey so left after 3 days of my 5 day license..

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#6991957 - 12/11/17 12:11 PM Re: Quail population took a hurting from last year [Re: JCCinOhio]
georgia-bird-hunter Offline
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Registered: 10/10/12
Posts: 83
Unfortunately, I saw the same sort of thing 2 weeks ago in my hunting land near Snyder, Tx. A ranch that was loaded with them last year had very few coveys. There are places with birds. We switched to another area and were able to find about 6 to 7 coveys per day.

I guess you just have to find the right place.

Good luck.

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#6991960 - 12/11/17 12:14 PM Re: Quail population took a hurting from last year [Re: JCCinOhio]
redchevy Offline
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We see fluctuations in what we see all the time. Hadnt seen much in the way of quail all deer season and then all of a sudden they are coming out of the woodwork. Maybe they just move around a little.
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#6992102 - 12/11/17 01:51 PM Re: Quail population took a hurting from last year [Re: JCCinOhio]
Wacm Offline
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Registered: 05/13/16
Posts: 1076
Loc: Wimberley, Tx
Actually this weekend I find 7 coveys on our overgrazed quail lease. They were out there eating little tiny green shoots that were sprouting up. They were not far from cover but kind of in the open cause that's were the shoots were. It made for some bad hunting cause my 2yr old kept seeing them run and wanting to give chase. We got some great training in but less shooting:(

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#6992200 - 12/11/17 03:12 PM Re: Quail population took a hurting from last year [Re: JCCinOhio]
sallysue Offline
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Registered: 02/21/06
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Loc: Belton Tx
Went to West Texas pheasant hunting last week and didn't see many quail like the last few years.

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#6992311 - 12/11/17 04:17 PM Re: Quail population took a hurting from last year [Re: sallysue]
Matpk Offline
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Very sad. Looks like we all be hunting released Birds in future.

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#6992338 - 12/11/17 04:35 PM Re: Quail population took a hurting from last year [Re: JCCinOhio]
Wacm Offline
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Registered: 05/13/16
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Loc: Wimberley, Tx
This weekend I hunted hard. Coco clocked over 70 miles on the GPS. We found birds but it wasn't easy. Came home with 13 birds which is more then I usually ever shoot. I am so hooked but sometimes think how easy it could be to not drive 7hrs each way...not need half the equipment to get us to where the birds are. Not have to work near as hard. Not lease land and then I thought I about was ready to simplify. Then this morning after chewing on it a bit. I'm ready to make the drive and walk the walk all over. I'll do it till I can't. Then I'll hunt released birds like a champ.

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#6992419 - 12/11/17 05:31 PM Re: Quail population took a hurting from last year [Re: JCCinOhio]
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Registered: 10/21/08
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My other place at big lake opens after Christmas. Hopefully there’ll be decent bird count, or I’ll be hitting the preserve. My 2 yo has already pointed a hog she’s so bored

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#6992708 - 12/11/17 09:19 PM Re: Quail population took a hurting from last year [Re: JCCinOhio]
Wacm Offline
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Pointed a hog...that's amazing!! That could be a sport some where

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#6992991 - 12/12/17 08:20 AM Re: Quail population took a hurting from last year [Re: JCCinOhio]
68rustbucket Online   content
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Good thing that big black hog went out the opposite end of the shinnery mott, I was only holding a blank pistol!


Edited by 68rustbucket (12/12/17 08:20 AM)

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#6993876 - 12/12/17 05:40 PM Re: Quail population took a hurting from last year [Re: JCCinOhio]
JCCinOhio Offline
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Registered: 08/27/14
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We did piss off a hog while out there.. there was a SMALL patch of grass surrounded by thickets, so figured it was worth a go. We got in and as soon as my dog made it to the thicket a pig started squealing at us.. We turned and left... lesson was to make sure I bring a few buckshot with me..

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#6995197 - 12/13/17 05:16 PM Re: Quail population took a hurting from last year [Re: JCCinOhio]
quailg Offline
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Registered: 10/01/13
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I hunted 1/2 day 15 miles NW of Sweetwater on Friday afternoon, then hunted with Jon Moss(great guide) on Sat-Sun near Claremont and finally hunted NW of Aspermont on Mon-Tues, and in general, we were finding 12 to 15 coveys per day. We hunted hard except for a quick lunch break. Its dry out there and a rain is really needed.

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#6995293 - 12/13/17 06:21 PM Re: Quail population took a hurting from last year [Re: quailg]
CinchMan Offline
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Originally Posted By: quailg
I hunted 1/2 day 15 miles NW of Sweetwater on Friday afternoon, then hunted with Jon Moss(great guide) on Sat-Sun near Claremont and finally hunted NW of Aspermont on Mon-Tues, and in general, we were finding 12 to 15 coveys per day. We hunted hard except for a quick lunch break. Its dry out there and a rain is really needed.


How did y'all do in Clairemont?
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#6996015 - 12/14/17 10:02 AM Re: Quail population took a hurting from last year [Re: JCCinOhio]
quailg Offline
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Registered: 10/01/13
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IMO there was more birds 25 miles NW of Aspermont, but not by much. Very dry there.

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#6996335 - 12/14/17 01:54 PM Re: Quail population took a hurting from last year [Re: quailg]
CinchMan Offline
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Originally Posted By: quailg
IMO there was more birds 25 miles NW of Aspermont, but not by much. Very dry there.


I was curious how many coveys y'all did in clairemont if you remember?
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