1st Quail hunt of the season... and 1 coyote (called)
Posted 05 December 2012 - 08:27 PM
Bottom line is, we slayed only 6 birds, with my oldest slaying 4 of them. Now the ironic part is, I actually jumped one covey of perhaps 40-50 birds, up close and personal & busting up close. Obviously hadn't been shot at this year. The only problem with this was, I was carrying my 22-250 & is a poor choice of weapon for quail, but most excellent for coyote.
Ya see, after I dropped off the boys, I slipped away a couple miles down the road and made 2 solo stands for coyotes. I always have liked hunting game that comes to me vs me chasing them all over hexxs half acre. (have I got Bob's / Bisley's attention yet?) LOL
Anyway, the covey busted only about 100 yards from my truck. BUT hey, WHY dirty up a sweet, purdy O/U when we don't need to, right? And besides, I still had one more coyote stand to make.
And speaking of stands, I did call in a coyote on the first stand, but left him for seed on purpose. He was sky-lining himself approx 300 yds (+/-) on top of a very steep ridge & thus I would not take a shot. Bullet going over the top (I know hard to believe I'd miss), & mtn too steep for this old goat to go up after him. That dog was not budging any closer or below the ridge line, even after I threw every sound I had at him
So after I left that 1st stand, sulking all the way, is when I came upon the one nice covey of the day. No takers on the 2nd and last stand of this morning. Oh, I have called in coyotes 3 out of the 4 stands I've made in this area this year. Not too bad! 2 died btw!
Anyway, not sure if the boys will be chomping at the bit to go after quail any time soon like they usually are. However, me & my 250 (or AR) will be (ready). LOL
Sorry for no pics, but my friend takes forever to print them, and he's the only one that took pics today
Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:02 AM
I'd agree with you and the others that the quail numbers are down, though they are out there as you did see when you jump that covey. I see and hear them when I'm out, but I've seen far less than I did in April through July of this year. I was encountering large quail coveys constantly during April, May, June and July but haven't flushed to many coveys since the season started. Maybe they are just hiding better... .
Posted 10 December 2012 - 05:50 PM
Anyway, better luck next time. Maybe after Christmas here I can see how the other spot is and you can take then out there and let them chase birds?
Oh, and by the way, yes I usually prefer to be the chaser and not the bait . But I also always remember my grampa telling me to chase deer, birds, and all other fast animals while you can, there will be plenty of time for the sitting and hunting (like dove) or sitting and calling (like coyotes) later in life when you can't walk so well. Guess that's why I try to get as much in as I can right now.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:04 PM
Life is too short to hunt with an ugly dog or gun
Maintain a balance of nature, use a beautiful gun when shooting a beautiful bird
Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:27 PM
I was actually thinking of going up the valley next time, or at least somewhere different. In wet years, our regular spot can be beyond awesome, however is not the case this year. Not even close. 2 hard core, hard hunting, quail hunting friends of mine (that I mentioned before) only got 8 birds this last Saturday, in the same area we hunted. That is a wipe out for them. They said they may give the area a break for the rest of the season and hunt elsewhere also. We'll see!
May be January now before I get out again with the holidays and honey do's and all. I'm having a heck of a time just trying to get to the range to sight in my new jam-o-matic. I was going to go today, but high winds were predicted so I didn't go, & of course ended up being a nice day instead. Rain and various appointments also keep interfering. Ugh!
Anyway, is great reading about others success at least!
Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:26 PM
Them kids don't wanna shoot nothin but the "big birds" cause they ain't et one yet. There's a reason they call 'em water FOWL. .
I think their dad is going to cheat and smoke them, and the pheasant also.
The public range Frank? I wish you luck. I just can't bring myself to go still.
I actually feel guilty seeing birds while others are getting blanked. One thing I have noticed this year is that they seem to be in different places. By that I mean that they might be in the same valley, but near different hills or different areas of the valley. I sure as heck did learn one thing though, when in an area that holds both waterfowl and upland birds, have two vests handy!!! I looked like an ADD kid on crack trying to swap out steel shells or lead when we jumped the first covey headed home late that night. I haven't moved these hands that quick in years swapping out shells . Lesson learned.
By the way, I am still curious to hear how you take to your new plastic gun
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