Steady to wing & shot + force fetch to hunt Wild Quail

In the Summer of 2009, I was referred to Harlen Winters to get Jill trained to hunt wild quail. I was surprised to hear that he thought he could not only get her steady to wing and shot but also teach her to retrieve. It’s very important to me to have a well behaved and high performing dog when hunting wild quail. Harlen is a master at training dogs to hunt quail in a well behaved and high performing manner. He’s even better training dog owners!

He got her steady to wing and shot…

And then taught her to fetch. She was more than a little hard headed but learned eventually.

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What To Do Before You Hunt Wild Quail

There’s quite a bit of time between the end of Summer Training and the start of Wild Quail hunting season and the dog needed to continue her training. She retrieves somewhat grudgingly if you reward her faithfully. She makes a great dove retriever.

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Like any Brittany, she most especially like quail. Unfortunately, mostly what is available in Central Texas are pen raised quail rather than wild quail.

Interestingly enough, she’ll also retrieve geese!

And ducks if she has one of those floaty vests. But again, she’s really bred to hunt wild quail.


Summary of Dog Training and Wild Quail Hunting

Unfortunately, there just are many wild quail in Central Texas. So, I’m going to need to find a way to supplement the few that we do have. There is a lot of traffic and opinions on the pros and cons of using a surrogator to raise bobwhite quail. Next time, I’ll start talking more about what I found to get us some wild quail to hunt.