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Valley/California Quail

Postby Runningwild » Tue May 09, 2017 3:53 pm

I'm new to hunting and this will be my first season. I was hoping i could get some tips on how to find Valley/California Quail. What elevation do you find them at, the range of elevation they can be at. Also what kind of habitat and any other tips on finding them would be greatly appreciated. :D
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Re: Valley/California Quail

Postby orhunter » Tue May 09, 2017 3:58 pm

Where do you want to hunt them? It's mostly about habitat, not elevation.
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Re: Valley/California Quail

Postby Runningwild » Tue May 09, 2017 4:31 pm

orhunter wrote:Where do you want to hunt them? It's mostly about habitat, not elevation.

In Idaho I can do what I need to do to find them
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Re: Valley/California Quail

Postby orhunter » Tue May 09, 2017 7:41 pm

Brushy draws/stream sides, really high sage. Agriculture nearby helps but not necessary.
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Re: Valley/California Quail

Postby mtlhdr » Tue May 09, 2017 10:09 pm

In northern California I'd start in creek bottoms and riparian areas below 4000 ft.
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Re: Valley/California Quail

Postby Scott Linden » Tue May 09, 2017 10:48 pm

My favorite bird. These are the components of good valley quail country:

- Folds in the landscape: gullies, breaks, ditches
- Overhead cover like sage, but easy running at ground level - relatively clear ground
- Night roosting cover - they like junipers and tall shrubs
- Water, especially early in the season when they will come almost daily until rains hit
- Seeds and forbs as food source

Quail Forever has published a couple articles I wrote on this bird, including one in the current issue. Might be worth a look.

Good luck.
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Re: Valley/California Quail

Postby Runningwild » Thu May 11, 2017 7:39 am

Thank you for all the advice
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Re: Valley/California Quail

Postby RowdyGSP » Sun May 28, 2017 2:58 pm

Willow draws along creeks, old growth sage along creeks, cottonwood stands near water, I have even found them in ponderosas and lodgepole forests near water but less than the three aforementioned habitats. A little private agriculture land like hay or wheat nearby don't hurt either.
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