Missouri Quail Hunting On Farm Land
Where Our Missouri Wild Bobwhite Hunting Fails Hard
Pictures alone will not make good hunting. It will require one price only the upland bird hunter can pay. That price is time on the ground.
It will take much walking combined with covey finds to get to the point of being able to narrow down which spot on any Missouri farm to hunt first. If we can get this point across then we have done well.
That point is when hunting it takes much hunting time. Any current hunt is setting up future hunts to be more successful. The part about future hunting becoming more successful is that when coveys are found, marked on maps as they are also likely to be found at that general spot for years to come. That is for those that do not shoot out any covey.
There are many harvest limit pictures on this web site. Each of those hunters have much time on the ground. They have located many coveys. They have wild Bobwhite experienced dogs that have several seasons under their collar. No hunter should expect a good to great wild quail hunt his first year or two of one week hunts. Wild Bobwhite hunts are simply not that easy.
Same Missouri Quail Hunting Trip On Better Ground
Same hunt, same Missouri farm and same dogs as the previous picture showing better the higher weeds between the laid down grass and trees. This tree line splits a crop field planted this year in soybeans.
Sometimes the walking, shooting and getting to the dog can be tougher than the earlier pictures may indicate. Missouri will offer as many through eh tree shot opportunities as open sky.
Dogs will point on the far side of the thinner tree lines across sometimes not so easy to cross drainage's. Some hunters will tell of coveys no one could do damage to simply due to the thick cover.
Then some days the coveys fully cooperate for one of those more remembered days. Days filled with open sky shot opportunities that make many hunters recommit to more off season skeet range time.
Prime Quail Protective Cover - Edge Lines Of Other Than Trees
This is an up close picture of a Missouri filter strip.
The bean field to the left was long earlier harvested and picked over by deer, turkey, quail and non-game. It still, this late into December, held waste grain.
The tall grass slope seen where the dog is on point continues to slope to the right downhill to a currently dry drainage. The center area of the drainage is weed filled. As it continues to drain it runs into increasingly filled brush area that grows into tall timber wooded drainage and small wood patch. This strip runs for 3/4 mile with twice that distance in tributaries to it. While it may all look good to the hunter it looks different to the covey. It is always interesting to even those most experienced with Missouri quail hunting why a covey picks one spot over all the others.
For the most part pictures of dogs on point show a similarity of protective cover. Dogs rarely point in a soybeans field. That is not true for milo. Bobwhite and pheasant both will hold for point in cut milo. That is due to the protective from observation cover provided by the leaf litter of cut milo.
Missouri's predominate crop of soybean and corn do not have that post harvest residue that is suspended above the ground as milo does. That point alone illustrates well the protective cover to hunt along that of corn or soybean fields. It is that cover that provides at Bobwhite level protection from ground and aerial observation or predation.