Last week while scouting land in northern Missouri we saw the first young covey of the year but were only able to capture a photo of the bob and hen leading a dozen young chicks down a remote dirt path. While posting farms we heard a lot of quail whistling, which is encouraging. Another hot spell just passed but once again we had timely rainfall on most of the Association’s upland bird regions.
Missouri quail season opens November 1 and closes January 15, which is a long season. Almost every year the weather is warm early November and the crops are not typically harvested until early December. Since the deer rut begins the first week of November and the firearms deer season runs from November 10 – 20, we encourage out of state hunters to plan their Missouri quail hunting trips after November 20 to January 15.
A photo taken last summer while renewing a lease. The landowner observed a quail sitting on a clutch of eggs close to his house. We took a photo of this rare occasion. It was a bob taking turns during the daylight hours to relieve the hen. A unique photo we wanted to share with everyone.