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Ouail Hunting Sixty Years #8161652 02/09/21 12:25 PM
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Setting her reminiscing, I have killed five birds on a covey rise twice in those sixty years and can still remember were is was hunting, both times I shot four times and killed five birds. Can't remember when Texas went from three to five shots, does anybody remember. Started hunting at thirteen caring a Stevens 410. Not a wild quail in east Texas now.

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I got 5 on one covey rise in south Texas. Got 3 with on shot on a lease near Lake Ivy.


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Originally Posted by durocb
Setting her reminiscing, I have killed five birds on a covey rise twice in those sixty years and can still remember were is was hunting, both times I shot four times and killed five birds. Can't remember when Texas went from three to five shots, does anybody remember. Started hunting at thirteen caring a Stevens 410. Not a wild quail in east Texas now.

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It’s too bad they’re all gone

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Originally Posted by Biscuit
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Setting her reminiscing, I have killed five birds on a covey rise twice in those sixty years and can still remember were is was hunting, both times I shot four times and killed five birds. Can't remember when Texas went from three to five shots, does anybody remember. Started hunting at thirteen caring a Stevens 410. Not a wild quail in east Texas now.

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It’s too bad they’re all gone


Yep. I've only seen one covey pointed that were still on the roost it the snow. I could have whipped toe entire covey out if I had been hunting for cheap meat.


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I remember hunting quail with good success in east Texas. That was in the early 60's. It's a shame. Quail hunting is my favorite sport, but have pretty much given it up.

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Originally Posted by bill oxner
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Setting her reminiscing, I have killed five birds on a covey rise twice in those sixty years and can still remember were is was hunting, both times I shot four times and killed five birds. Can't remember when Texas went from three to five shots, does anybody remember. Started hunting at thirteen caring a Stevens 410. Not a wild quail in east Texas now.

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It’s too bad they’re all gone


Yep. I've only seen one covey pointed that were still on the roost it the snow. I could have whipped toe entire covey out if I had been hunting for cheap meat.


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Got 4 on a rise once in 1980. I was 19.
The first time I ever went with the man that I hunted with for years after shot 5 on the first covey rise we ever came upon. I was amazed.
He did that on a very regular basis for many years. I used to tell him we were hunting my place so he had to let me shoot a single every other time because nobody could get on a bird as fast as him.
Of course we found about 25 coveys a day and the limit was 24 birds a day back then.
Shackelford county.

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Originally Posted by huntwest
Got 4 on a rise once in 1980. I was 19.
The first time I ever went with the man that I hunted with for years after shot 5 on the first covey rise we ever came upon. I was amazed.
He did that on a very regular basis for many years. I used to tell him we were hunting my place so he had to let me shoot a single every other time because nobody could get on a bird as fast as him.
Of course we found about 25 coveys a day and the limit was 24 birds a day back then.
Shackelford county.



Lol, boy them days are long gone.

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[quote=huntwest]Got 4 on a rise once in 1980. I was 19.
The first time I ever went with the man that I hunted with for years after shot 5 on the first covey rise we ever came upon. I was amazed.
He did that on a very regular basis for many years. I used to tell him we were hunting my place so he had to let me shoot a single every other time because nobody could get on a bird as fast as him.
Of course we found about 25 coveys a day and the limit was 24 birds a day back then.
Shackelford county.



Lol, boy them days are long gone. I grew up in Stonewall county near Guthrie, I remember as kid not even being able to walk outside without hearing a quail whistle.

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Anyone have any thoughts on why quail numbers have dropped so much? The argument is "clean" farming eliminated habitat but where I live everything looks about the same as 30 years ago but the coveys are gone. I'm wondering is it is more birds of prey (hawks, etc.) or some type of disease. I don't buy into this habitat lose argument.

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Originally Posted by Dave Scott
Anyone have any thoughts on why quail numbers have dropped so much? The argument is "clean" farming eliminated habitat but where I live everything looks about the same as 30 years ago but the coveys are gone. I'm wondering is it is more birds of prey (hawks, etc.) or some type of disease. I don't buy into this habitat lose argument.


im sure the farming practices have changed.....
way more pesticides, cleaner fields mean less weeds, less weeds means less bugs, less bugs mean less feed for quail chicks.
in my opinion farming has alot to do with the decline in our quail population in my area (missouri)
im not bashing farmers at all, it is just something we have to deal with.

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I saw the quail go out of east TX. Everyone had bird dogs when I was a kid growing up in Nacogdoches county. Sad.


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I saw the quail go out of east TX. Everyone had bird dogs when I was a kid growing up in Nacogdoches county. Sad.



It keeps moving west.


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Originally Posted by Dave Scott
Anyone have any thoughts on why quail numbers have dropped so much? The argument is "clean" farming eliminated habitat but where I live everything looks about the same as 30 years ago but the coveys are gone. I'm wondering is it is more birds of prey (hawks, etc.) or some type of disease. I don't buy into this habitat lose argument.


It has been discussed some.


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Originally Posted by reeltexan
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Anyone have any thoughts on why quail numbers have dropped so much? The argument is "clean" farming eliminated habitat but where I live everything looks about the same as 30 years ago but the coveys are gone. I'm wondering is it is more birds of prey (hawks, etc.) or some type of disease. I don't buy into this habitat lose argument.


It has been discussed some.

That’s putting it mildly.

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Anyone hunt dove? How many times you come into town from a poor dove hunt and the town is loaded with dove.

Quail hear UTVs and stay away from those high pressure roads . I cant tell you how many times hunting public my dogs find most birds too close to the black top roads where they cant be shot.

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Originally Posted by reeltexan
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Anyone have any thoughts on why quail numbers have dropped so much? The argument is "clean" farming eliminated habitat but where I live everything looks about the same as 30 years ago but the coveys are gone. I'm wondering is it is more birds of prey (hawks, etc.) or some type of disease. I don't buy into this habitat lose argument.


It has been discussed some.


Along with fire ants.


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Early season I was seeing close to 2 dozen coveys in and along the roads at my lease. The deer hunters feed the roads heavily. But I don’t hunt the roads, I don’t want my dogs sight pointing.

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What I was saying is this, let's say there is a spot you used to see quail all the time, right along the road. There may be a few farms here and there but mostly just fields. Now, 30 years later- area looks the same as it always did, no new farm that mowed away all the shrubs, etc. AND YET, in such areas-I never see any quail nowadays. Maybe it is fire ants, etc. Just seems odd that the experts say it is clean farming, it must be other factors in many instances.

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Plenty of info and theories online.


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Still birds in S Texas and there’s plenty of fire ants.

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There's a long list of things that has contributed to lower numbers. Improved pasture (loss of habitat), more birds of prey through protection and increased food sources, proliferation of hogs, fire ants, eye worms, liver disease and don't forget weather. When numbers are low to begin with weather plays a much bigger part in sustaining numbers. Poor old quail have too many battles to fight. Wish I had dogs again and there were huntable numbers.

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