One Quail 11-24-12
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:43 PM
Arrived at our spot at 6:30am. My partner Chris and I hunted our usual area in Kern County. There was one spot where we always manage to flush quails while hunting for jacks. However this time we were up for the challenge of using our marauder air rifles to see if we can pick them off the ground. The first Covey we encountered was about 30 yards away, and consisted of about 12 quail. We stalked them but could not get a clear shot. We eventually flushed them. The second covey we encountered about 20 minutes later. This was a smaller group. Again, the same story as the first. The third covey we encountered about a couple hours later. This group provided us with a better opportunity; there were around four perched up on some dead branches about 40 yards out. Took a shot at the first one and hit it resulting in alot of feathers being expelled while it descended into the brush. The second one dropped on the spot with a neck shot. Both were taken with my .25 Marauder. I had a hell of a time retrieving the one amongst the brush and joshua trees. The other one we could not find. We decided to head back to the truck to get the mossberg 500 so we could take the quail when they flushed. However when we headed back out we did not encounter any more coveys. Oh well, we'll try again next time with the 12 gauge for the ones that flush, and the marauder for the distance sitting ducks. It was fun getting out again, the weather was nice.
Air rifle hunting with .25 and .22 Marauders, .22 Nitro Venom, and .177 Gamo CFX.
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