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Any of you guys chase quail locally? With a dog? I raised and training GSP's from the Rawhide Clown bloodline. Boy i miss those days. Kept 1 pup from each litter, got it started good, then sold it. My female was a bird finding queen. We lived in Ohio at the time, and had many places we could limit out in 30 minutes on pheasant.  

Im kicking it around to buy another pup to get back into the quail. Been looking online. Got my eye on a rabbit dog also. 

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Did alot of serious quail hunting, and pointer raising/training when I was younger, as did my dad all of his life.   It got to the point that there were so few birds that it was near impossible to train a good bird dog.  The last dog I had was a liver and white English shorthair that only got to go on point one time in his short life.   He got all worked up one 4th of July (fireworks) and had a heart attack at age 4 1/2.    

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10 hours ago, Ketchup said:

Any of you guys chase quail locally? With a dog? I raised and training GSP's from the Rawhide Clown bloodline. Boy i miss those days. Kept 1 pup from each litter, got it started good, then sold it. My female was a bird finding queen. We lived in Ohio at the time, and had many places we could limit out in 30 minutes on pheasant.  

Im kicking it around to buy another pup to get back into the quail. Been looking online. Got my eye on a rabbit dog also. 

Been 10 years since I gave my old dropper, Sarge,  away. For years I could just walk out the back door and be back in a couple of hours, not any more.  My buddy keeps a Brittney and a GSP, he does some on the pen bird places, we usually make a trip or three to Texas and Kansas.  We have a few spots in SWMO and NEMO but they are more guarded than smallmouth wintering holes.  On a bright note our NEMO places have gotten better the last few years.  I just cannot do a dog justice. 

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have to agree with more guarded than smallmouth holes!  lol  We used to do a lot of quail hunting when I was younger as well, but the decline in birds pretty much has turned me off.

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Went to Kansas this December with Phil and some other folks.  We were fortunate to be able to hunt on private land and saw quite a few quail.  I got there a day early and me and another guy that rode out there with me hunted a WIHA area and kicked up two coveys there, and saw some pheasants on another WIHA parcel.  It convinced me that there are birds out there on public land.  I have a GSP and plan on going out there next fall.  Be happy to hook up with some OA folks if you guys want to make a road trip or three next fall.  Just have to hope there isn't a drought out there this year as that can really negatively effect the birds.

I don't have any local bird hunting spots around here, they are just about extinct in this area.  I keep saying I am going to go scouting for them in May when they are whistling, find some birds and see if I can get access to where they are at.  Just too darned busy fishing then.

 

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Quill, you can count me in with a 48 hour notice any of those outings. Im sure i will have another GSP by that time. 

I mentioned it on a thread here a year or 2 ago about the number of coveys that i see while out exploring. Its nothing like what i hear it was in the 50's, but guys, theres birds out there. I can go today with a good dog and be on a few coveys on the same 300 acres. I have another buddy that manages a ranch that we coyote hunt on hard, and jump quail often. That is on a few thousand acres. 

Another buddy just bought 860 acres near Humansville that they have seen birds. Again we have birds out there. Just gotta sack up and go find some. 

What i like about the places mentioned, is not one of those people are bird hunters. 

We sold our house 6 weeks ago and just moved into our new place on 126 acres. Ive hunted this place for coyotes/coon. Going to do some walking with the airgun soon to see what else i have out there. We have seen deer 50 yards from the house the last 2 evenings. 

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On 1/22/2018 at 12:16 PM, Ketchup said:

Quill, you can count me in with a 48 hour notice any of those outings. Im sure i will have another GSP by that time. 

I mentioned it on a thread here a year or 2 ago about the number of coveys that i see while out exploring. Its nothing like what i hear it was in the 50's, but guys, theres birds out there. I can go today with a good dog and be on a few coveys on the same 300 acres. I have another buddy that manages a ranch that we coyote hunt on hard, and jump quail often. That is on a few thousand acres. 

Another buddy just bought 860 acres near Humansville that they have seen birds. Again we have birds out there. Just gotta sack up and go find some. 

What i like about the places mentioned, is not one of those people are bird hunters. 

We sold our house 6 weeks ago and just moved into our new place on 126 acres. Ive hunted this place for coyotes/coon. Going to do some walking with the airgun soon to see what else i have out there. We have seen deer 50 yards from the house the last 2 evenings. 

@Ketchup congrats on the new place! Sounds like a dream setup for an outdoorsman. If you ever need a quail hunting buddy gimme a shout. I've been itching to find some quail spots. I grew up hunting ruffed grouse in Minnesota and I'm pretty handy with the old over under .20 gauge. Feathers might make some good fly tying material as well!

I've also got an almost brand new Tikka T3 .30-06 that's been collecting dust if you need help thinning out the does or controlling the varmint population.

 

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Thanks MN.  I looked out the door yesterday before walking out to feed cows, and took these picture 20' from the back deck.  I went out the other day coyote huntin, but didnt see any. Did see about 15 turkeys close.  I will send ya a PM soon and see about getting together. 

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