Quail Hunting and Wind Wash

Quail hunting and wind wash is another one of those learning points for us locals. This was taught to us by traveling upland bird hunters expressing a range of disbelief to great anticipation relative to singles points.

Quail hunting and wind wash not so difficultThe focus of the discussion is along the lines of what is the type of scent that dogs' point. Most would agree that pointing dogs point lung scent of. We have learned through observation that our dogs point live birds and retrieve without pointing dead birds. A contrast would be beagles that trail after body and presumable foot scent of rabbits.

Wind wash was described to us as when a bird fly's through the air it washes off any scent it may have, implying body scent. That bird once flushed needs to let settle before continuing the hunt.

It has been our experience that getting back on birds directly after the initial covey point and flush more critical than letting scent cone development. This ties into our other discussion of singles quail hunting. That is our environment largely composed of cool temperatures, humid air and low dust allows for more effective dog points on singles (compared to the southwest USA quail hunting conditions).

It is further our experience from covey flush to getting on singles point the scent cones have had sufficient time to allow for a good lung scent disbursement to allow for sufficient point standoff.

It is that simple that any experienced Kansas, Iowa or Missouri dog loving upland bird hunter will tell. We hunt singles. We hunt them as fast as we can walk to where the singles went down.

Conservation Hunts

From a long time member of continuing success and admirable attitude.

What has been offered to us by several long time Association hunters is few complaints other than about warm weather conditions and much compliments on the habitat. We will offer that for many that a limit is as tough to come by as a trophy whitetail is for a deer hunter.

Those that seem to enjoy quail hunting the most (not necessarily limit hunters) have offered through the years a success method that seems to have sustained their continuing membership. That method is to hunt and find coveys by covering a lot of ground. Harvest but one bird per dog per covey and move on to find the next covey and repeat. Not hunt the same covey more than twice a season. By the end of three such seasons that hunter should have more coveys marked on his maps than time to hunt.

The value is when a first season pup is put to field that hunter can be on more coveys in a short time giving that first year dog the experience to develop into a good upland bird dog. These same hunters will also seek to add a covey holding farm or two each year after to keep adding to theirquail hunting inventory compensating for land or coveys that go away.

The converse would be to harvest 8 birds from the first covey encountered and not be concerned with finding that covey on that farm the next season.

Association hunter Feedback From One Cold Day's Quail Hunting

Dog on box with quail

A limit in one day off one dog for one hunter. This is the hardest hunt we offer and equal to a trophy whitetail deer in achievement. We have the land and the upland birds. Few hunters have the dog power, willingness to walk and shooting ability to make it happen. Those that do will find plenty of opportunity. Those that don't will still have a good hunt enjoying good to great dog action on wild birds.

Two dogs and quail on ice chest

One comment made known to us about our wild quail hunting is how easy it is in terms of not requiring lots of equipment.

Dog box, ice chest and clothing along with a easy to carry gun. Light weight easy to travel.

Many of the traveling Association hunters come from home states where fields hunted are a single hour's walk and separated by driving distance breaking up the day. Out our way the fields are large, closely spaced. Much more quail hunting to be had.

Then there is another perspective from mountain state grouse, chucker and hun hunters. They have told how our lands being low elevation without much contour are a much easier walk, less adverse on the dogs and they get more eyes on dog points than any other upland bird hunted.

wild quail on the ground

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