Well, to give a little background I'm a new hunter. I tried 3 times before for rabbit with my 22lr rifle and got skunked each time a few months back. I've been going to LPNF and found an area with a decent amount of rabbits both jack and cottontail, but they were too fast for me and my rifle. Also, I kept flushing more birds than rabbits. Then I found out those birds were quail, so I decided I needed a shotgun and try to hunt both rabbit and quail at the same time. Well, my friend had a Benelli 12 gauge and I just got a remi 870 20 gauge and we went this morning. Long story short the picture is the result. Long story, we were walking with our shotguns up towards the hills in a birdy looking area, but didn't see much and didn't flush anything. Then as we were walking back to the car a quail just flew out of the high grass. I got a lucky shot at about 30 yards away. It fluttered to the ground, but was still very much alive. It tried to fly again and I took another shot. Then it dropped and tried to run, and I got a third shot off. Couldn't find the bird for 10 minutes and I was bummed since I couldn't find my first hunted animal. Then half way back to the truck, my friend finds this little bird. I said cool, but I shot a big quail and that looks like a sparrow sized bird. I touched it and it was warm, dude that was my quail. I just looks so small or was a baby quail. Went back to the truck, and put it in a bag under the truck in the shade.Started hunting again by a creek and 3 quails flew out from a bush. My gun was on safety and I was too slow to react, but my buddy got the last bird that flushed. We found it pretty fast, but man again it was so small. Start again by the creek and my friend spots 4 or 5 of them on the other side running up the hill. We cross over and I see a cottontail and I took the shot at 10 yards away. Got it, but it was hiding in the bushes still alert. I go around and see I might of just grazed him and he wont leave the bush. So I did a head shot 5 feet away and half the head got blown off. Still twitched a bit, then died. I saw that the first shot destroyed his back two legs and he really couldn't run away. Hiked around this hilly and bushy terrain some more and missed on a few other quail and a 2nd rabbit. Can't remember who shot the third quail, I think I did, but man quail is a lot smaller than I thought. After gutting and cleaning we just called it a day to get home to our families. But, wow what a rush. Might try coyote or bobcat tomorrow, but will have to look for a new hunting place since its lead free for those in LPNF.