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#7034174 - 01/11/18 09:25 AM Finding Quail
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Registered: 12/06/12
Posts: 477
Loc: Wichita Co.
I am fairly new to quail hunting so I thought I would ask here. If you are hunting a new piece of property where do you typically look for coveys. Do you hunt open areas, brushy areas, along creek or on hilltops? Does the weather influence where you hunt like on a windy day verses calm day?

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#7034182 - 01/11/18 09:33 AM Re: Finding Quail [Re: JTS]
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Quail like structure. Thereís usually a covey around tank batteries, pump jacks, windmills, old barns, Ect. Itís so dry right now Iím not finding many bird anywhere thereís not water close by.

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#7034208 - 01/11/18 09:48 AM Re: Finding Quail [Re: JTS]
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There is an old 50/50 rule. Fifty percent of the quail are usually found within 50 yards of the fence line, but it goes much deeper than that. Time of. Day makes a difference. They usually roost in open areas. Look for weed seed this time of the year for feeding areas.
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#7034652 - 01/11/18 02:47 PM Re: Finding Quail [Re: JTS]
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Registered: 03/17/11
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I usually find them upwind right behind a pointed dog. Like Mr. Oxner stated fences are a good bet but so are ditches, creekbanks and terraces. If the wind is blowing, down in the canyons and valleys. Always play the wind and watch your dog figure it out for you.

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#7034660 - 01/11/18 02:51 PM Re: Finding Quail [Re: JTS]
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The few birds I had taken this season had greens in the craw. Look for small, green weeds sprouting.

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#7034739 - 01/11/18 03:48 PM Re: Finding Quail [Re: JTS]
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I think of hunting quail most of the time like bass fishing. They are on the edge of the cover (fence lines, tree lines, plum thickets, cedar trees, etc.) and structure (draws, especially if windy) most of the time. If you focus on those things, you're bound to find them.

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#7034756 - 01/11/18 04:00 PM Re: Finding Quail [Re: NorthTXbirdhunter]
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Originally Posted By: NorthTXbirdhunter
I usually find them upwind right behind a pointed dog. Like Mr. Oxner stated fences are a good bet but so are ditches, creekbanks and terraces. If the wind is blowing, down in the canyons and valleys. Always play the wind and watch your dog figure it out for you.


It's much easier to hunt into the wind while Hunting from vehicles. A good cross wind works fine to.
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#7034859 - 01/11/18 05:57 PM Re: Finding Quail [Re: JTS]
arandy Offline
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Registered: 12/22/08
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Find Broomweed or Ragweed with good loafing cover and if there are birds you probably will be pretty close to them.

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#7035032 - 01/11/18 07:57 PM Re: Finding Quail [Re: JTS]
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I've known people who went out before sunrise and listen for them calling from the roost. I'd rather sleep in.
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#7038889 - 01/15/18 09:50 AM Re: Finding Quail [Re: JTS]
rowdydog1 Offline
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Registered: 07/08/14
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Bill,
I've heard of that as well. never seemed like a gentlemanly thing to do.

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#7038912 - 01/15/18 10:11 AM Re: Finding Quail [Re: rowdydog1]
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Registered: 01/23/06
Posts: 40
Rowdy. If you have never watched the sun come up and hear those whistles......you have missed one of the sports truly inspiring moments!!! Do you turkey hunt? If so do you listen for the gobble? Awsome isn't it? And I can assure you I'm a gentleman!!!!

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#7039196 - 01/15/18 02:29 PM Re: Finding Quail [Re: JTS]
Mundo Offline
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Registered: 02/03/15
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A quail day: Roost in the open until sunrise or a little later. Go feed. Go loaf in heavier, cover, preferably with some overhang. Go feed. Go roost.
Quail prefer to roost in open grassy areas. They feed on insects, weed seeds, legumes in south texas and new green plants. The more food there is available the less time they will have to spend feeding and will spend more time in loafing areas. Most birds are found during feeding as they move as a covey and then spread out when they find a source of food. Some birds are found in loafing areas but they are more difficult for dogs to locate because they aren't moving much and don't leave much of a scent trail. Roosting birds are found less as hunters often aren't out during roosting periods and the birds aren't moving, thus limiting scent opportunities On weather changes such as colder mornings or wet mornings they may spend more time on the roost and less time feeding before going to loaf or roost. On good weather following those spells they spend more time feeding. So, in mornings and afternoons look for moving birds where there is more food available. If you must hunt mid day look for loafing areas such as overhanging or thorny brush, structure and creeks. Higher winds make dog work more problematic because the winds are often shifting slightly and dogs have trouble following scent to birds. Dogs do better in higher humidity. I'd say ideal weather for good scenting conditions would be high 50s- 60s with some dew on the ground.


Edited by Mundo (01/15/18 02:32 PM)

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#7039205 - 01/15/18 02:46 PM Re: Finding Quail [Re: JTS]
rowdydog1 Offline
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Registered: 07/08/14
Posts: 207
fway,
I'm sure it's majestic and no I don't really turkey hunt. I just like to give the birds a chance to get off the roost and start feeding before I go after them.

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#7039239 - 01/15/18 03:25 PM Re: Finding Quail [Re: JTS]
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Light Foot

Registered: 01/23/06
Posts: 40
Just because you hear them whistle is no guarantee you will find them I can assure you. Try it sometime and you will see...I take offense to your statement that it is not gentlemanly, I like to listen go eat breakfast let em move and then let the dogs out.

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#7039269 - 01/15/18 03:56 PM Re: Finding Quail [Re: rowdydog1]
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Loc: Rowlett, Texas
Gentlemanly Hell! With what a real birdhunter spends on hunting 365 days per year, and most with a puppy that needs to get on birds, I will take every advantage I can get to locate birds. I am as purist as a birdhunter that one can imagine and I see nothing wrong with locating birds by whistle location, in fact I will whistle at them trying to get the location. It is an art form but like was mentioned, there is no guarantee you will ever make contact with them. The whistle bird is the on guard bird and more time than not, he is going to give you the slip. The whistle cadence has been used for a couple of centuries now and it will never go away. It is a well known part of birdhunting and will remain so. We get up to listen at the camp every day we are there. Beautiful!!!

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