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Early Season Mountain Quail

Postby mtlhdr » Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:20 pm

We've scratched out a few early season mountain quail so far and knocked some dust off in the process. Seems like an ok year, with decent sized coveys with young birds. Gonna try some new places the next couple weeks and leave our normal haunts to the rifle deer hunters. Happy and safe hunting to everyone this season.

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Re: Early Season Mountain Quail

Postby RowdyGSP » Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:13 am

Great pictures. Being that mountain quail are tied with huns for my all time favorite bird and I can't even hunt them now, I think I will just live vicariously through you... I'm going to have to make a trip west in January to chase those f***. God do I love those birds. Great pictures. Nice dog work... Keep em coming.
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Re: Early Season Mountain Quail

Postby mtlhdr » Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:09 pm

Thanks! I thought mountain quail had made their way to ID. Are there not huntable numbers, or are you not allowed to hunt em?

Didn't see a single bird yesterday in a new spot. Guess that's how it goes.
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Re: Early Season Mountain Quail

Postby RowdyGSP » Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:19 pm

mtlhdr wrote:Thanks! I thought mountain quail had made their way to ID. Are there not huntable numbers, or are you not allowed to hunt em?

Didn't see a single bird yesterday in a new spot. Guess that's how it goes.


They are the only quail species native to Idaho and there are pockets of them here and there, but not allowed to hunt them, at the moment.
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Re: Early Season Mountain Quail

Postby AverageGuy » Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:41 pm

Nice Photos. Enjoy them as always. Keep em coming. The cat killing thread has run its course and we need to see some hunting photos. :)
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Re: Early Season Mountain Quail

Postby Troutmonkey » Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:06 pm

mtlhdr, I am planning my first ever hunt for mountain quail in either n. cali or sw oregon. Trying to decide between the coastal ranges and the n. sierras. I think I'm picking up that the coastal ranges have more birds but the cover sounds pretty daunting. Should I be worried about that ? Also, I tend to like latter season hunting, any suggestions on time of year to make the trip?

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Re: Early Season Mountain Quail

Postby mtlhdr » Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:16 am

Troutmonkey wrote:mtlhdr, I am planning my first ever hunt for mountain quail in either n. cali or sw oregon. Trying to decide between the coastal ranges and the n. sierras. I think I'm picking up that the coastal ranges have more birds but the cover sounds pretty daunting. Should I be worried about that ? Also, I tend to like latter season hunting, any suggestions on time of year to make the trip?

Many thanks


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Re: Early Season Mountain Quail

Postby LongHammer » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:19 pm

What makes a mountain quail besides the location. What species are they?
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Re: Early Season Mountain Quail

Postby mtlhdr » Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:12 pm

LongHammer wrote:What makes a mountain quail besides the location. What species are they?


The species common name is mountain quail. Beautiful bird. A fair bit bigger than the California quail.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Mountain_Quail/id
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Re: Early Season Mountain Quail

Postby LongHammer » Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:53 pm

Thanks. Haha I was thinking we have a crap load of cactus quail and very few nice sand wash quail. :shock:
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