Summer Practice for Quail Hunting in Texas
Summer doldrums – time for some practice for quail hunting in Texas. My dog is a naturally bred pointer but those pointing dogs can also develop some nasty and unsafe habits if they aren’t trained on a regular basis. Particularly, breaking from steady to wing and steady to shot…read more
A Bird Launcher to Practice Quail Hunting in Texas
- Bird Launcher for Training Quail Hunting in Texas
A bird launcher looked to be a very good tool for training the dog to be steady to wing and shot. My dog trainer used it very successfully…read more
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Pigeons are Not a Texas Pheasant Hunt
- Pigeons for Practicing Texas Pheasant Hunting
I don’t have a ready source of quail in the Spring and Summer so I had to go find some pigeons. I don’t have any access to pheasants either and I do enjoy a Texas pheasant hunt…read more
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Practice for Texas Bird Hunting
- Pigeon Training for Texas Bird Hunting
Pigeons are big birds and my dog really got excited about the idea. It was actually great training…read more
Launching Practice Birds for Quail Hunting in Texas
- Launching Pigeons for Practice Quail Hunting in Texas
I loaded a single pigeon in the trap and set it. I then hunted the dog around the area until she went on point. Once she went on point, I released the bird and corrected her if she broke from point when the bird launched. It only took once to remind the dog what the program was. Following that, I used a starter pistol with blanks to mimic shooting at the bird. Again, she only broke once with a reminder before she remembered that part of the game as well. On all subsequent birds, she did her job when it was evident to her that I had missed again – she stayed on point and then looked back at me with a disgusted look on her face as I missed yet again. Nevertheless, it was good training as an occasional reminder during the Summer to keep her memory fresh about the rules of the game of quail hunting in Texas.
Summary of Summer Practice for Quail Hunting in Texas
There is a long dry stretch between the seasons for quail hunting in Texas and a dog’s memory regarding the rules of the game – steady to wing and steady to shot – can get a little rusty since our last time Texas bird hunting. I purchased a bird launcher and a few pigeons to give a try at some backyard training for a Texas pheasant hunt. The training went well – although I wouldn’t do it often as it was labor intensive – and the dog’s memory was successfully refreshed and she’s ready again for another season of quail hunting in Texas.
You can’t really expect to go to the far most Southern range of Central North America pheasants and expect to see birds like you might in South Dakota. Nevertheless, I go each year to Amarillo to hunt with my cousins and friends.
It’s usually a loosely connected group of 15 to 20 people with a lot of kids and young dogs.
The flat and broad CRP and harvested grain fields West require that you have a pretty large group of people or the pheasants will just run around you.
One of the reasons I go every year, is to enjoy the company of my friends and to marvel at the huge expanses that are North West Texas.
I also almost always find some really intriguing old building during our hunts. In this case, an old storm cellar. I can imagine that the settlers in this area were very wary of the tornados!
Lastly, the immensity of the scenery while walking the fields with good friends and great dogs just makes pheasant hunting in Texas almost unbeatable. Sometimes we even manage to bring down a bird or two!
If you are looking for a Texas Quail Hunt, there aren’t many wild quail in the Central Texas area. But, that doesn’t mean that you have to go without quail. You actually have three options for a Texas quail hunt – wild bobwhite quail or blue quail on a lease or land that you own, use a bobwhite quail surrogator to restore your own wild quail population or hunt pen raised bobwhite quail on a preserve. Even the National Quail Hunting Forecast doesn’t show much promise for quail hunting in Texas.
Types of Texas Quail Hunt
Hunting wild quail can be very challenging and expensive. The populations of wild quail have varied widely over the past few years due to both the drought and what the scientists are calling “idiopathic decline”. In addition to the difficulty of finding wild quail, the costs of quail hunting leases are increasing dramatically every year. South Texas quail hunts and quail leases are probably some of the best examples of this type of Texas quail hunt.
Using a surrogator to restore a will ailqu population on your property is simple but it is not easy. Raising wild quail requires a substantial investment in a surrogator and an even greater investment in time for an uncertain payoff. The surrogators work like a charm to get the wild quail from 0 to 5 weeks. What happens after that, and your eventual success, depends almost entirely on your ability and willingness to make and manage habitat improvements.
A Texas quail hunt for pen raised quail is the easiest option. In fact, this is the most convenient option for a quail hunt near Austin Texas. You can often find a very affordable option within an hour drive of where you live. The biggest benefit of this type of quail hunt is that you KNOW there will be birds. The drawback is that a Texas quail hunt for pen raised quail is NOT a wild quail hunt. The birds behave differently and your dog will behave differently as well.
Hunting Pen Raised Bobwhite Quail
Pen raised quail can offer a challenging and very social hunt or a great opportunity to do some detail work on your hunting dog.
Teaching your dog to be steady to wing and shot can be a challenge if you have trouble finding live birds to work with. Pen raised quail offer an outstanding opportunity to know exactly where the birds are so that you can work closely with your dog – and still have the pleasure of a Texas quail hunt.