I like hunting upland birds almost as much as I like hunting rabbits, which is to say that there isn't much I'd rather be doing.
Bird populations seem to be up around here. During deer season I kicked up several coveys of quail in spots I hadn't seen them before, even saw a few pheasant. That should be icing on the cake, because I'd go out just to watch the dogs work even if there were no birds to be killed.
Good lookin' dog by the way. It looks like he's in the middle of a WHOA.
I used to hunt a lot of quail when I lived in California, it is definitely my favorite hunting to do. Never had a dog of my own but hunted with a few guys that did. A good dog is amazing to watch. Around northern Ohio there aren't many quail, winters are to harsh and most of the pheasants are farm raised and released, not too many survive more than a couple of days in the bush.
We still get to enjoy good bird crops in the Red River breaks of the Texas panhandle but I would rather go without my shotgun than without the dog. Few things are more beautiful than a brace of good dogs hot on the trail of bob white.
i can see the ribs on that dog, need to fatten him up . i did that once, and my dog still hasnt lost the weight. eats one cup of dogfood a day, goes walking/exploring everyday for 40 mins-60mins...never loses weight.
That dog eats better than I do and much more than a cup a day and get treated better than my wife (according to her). Picture was taken late in the season last year after about two hunts a week. I assure you he is at a good fighting weight. A fat dog won't last fifteen minutes following him.
Dean, pretty much any shotgun will work. Most shots are from 15 to 45 yds so an open choke is best. I use a Browning Citori Lightning 20 with cylinder and improved cylinder tubes and #8 shot is what I like.
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