Thursday, December 10, 2015


I love quail.

I like seeing them around, listening to them call in the spring, and seeing the little babies, that look like miniature adults, buzz off after their parents in the summer.

I love desert quail. Bobwhites are great, but big coveys of running, wild flushing, melting into the non-existent cover blues and Gambel's are more charismatic to my mind.

Deer hunting a month or so ago, I was easing down a wide draw, well over a mile from any road, when a big covey got up from the other side. Weeks before quail season and about a hundred yards away, they still flew over the far rim of the draw, doubtless hooking to the left or right once they got over the top, the better to confuse any pursuers.

I love chasing quail. Spot them, get after them, try to get a couple of flushes then kick up singles. Often, the country is very big, and, unless you focus on areas around water (which also tend to get more pressure from other hunters) it is hard to just walk for them. If you are going to get out on foot, try a sandy wash with some cover in and around it.

We've run into a few blues.

 I love shooting quail. Be quick, and point right at the bird you pick out, you'll probably hit that bird. It is the simplest of things and, at times, it is one of the hardest of things. 

Someone should title a blog after that sort of thing.

Of course, quail are very fine at the table, too. 


Shawn K. Wayment, DVM said...

I feel the same way about scaled quail...just love them!

mdmnm said...

Shawn- now we'll just have to see how many managed to make it through all this snow!

Mike Spies said...

I love all the callipepla quails - valley, Gambel's, scaled. We have no scaled quail on the West Coast, but I have hunted them in West Texas.

Lisa said...

Same sentiments here! Hunting quails is definitely fulfilling, cooking them is also satisfying. I also love quail eggs, for that matter.