Feedback from the majority of Association quail hunters has been on a positive note.
Jon Nee's Kelly
We've heard of as many as 6 coveys in one day. From younger hunters who walk first to last light. Average we're hearing is 2 to 3 coveys per day. A lot from those who no longer hunt a full day.
Early season hunters as usual had warm and windy weather with a lot of cover from this summers above average rainfall in most regions. Much standing crop this year.
The total number of upland bird hunters has declined the last couple of years. We have seen an increase of interest lately from those willing to travel to the Midwest to hunt wild pheasant or quail. It appears the central mid-west once again has returned to being a preferred bird hunter travel destination. Several returning members after a one to three year break traveling elsewhere have reported not just better bird quality, but also weather conditions..
We have tracked down members with unauthorized guests. It will take all of us to take advantage of any chance encounter with other hunters to show ID cards. Reports all as sometimes we find a member hunting without a reservation. Those kind of people seek to take more than their share away from others who understand controls are for everyones' benefit.
After Jon finished early bow season he is out on the land with Kelly making sure we get what the Association pays for from landowners. They cover a lot of ground. Getting first hand experience with the product.