Sweathog - My shoulder still hurts. I will never shoot 3 1/2" inch shells again. My 3" reloads worked just fine, thank you. And, I think I broke my dehydrator making jerky.
Lewdog - Thanks and all, but I would rather you not imply my involvement in that sort of thing. As a rule, I do not ask people to take me hunting - it's just a thing with me. I always try to bring "smoething to the party" if I am being invited, normally returning the favor if I can via a swap hunt where I take them. It's just how I do things. As for guided hunts, I am particular about who I hunt with, and what service I utilize (as Sweathog will attest). Again, I am very particular about who I hunt with and under what conditions. So, thanks for the kind thoughts and all, but no thanks. (don't take this post wrong - It's all good
...just saying how I see it)
As for quail - if you can find a good covey, it is great hunting. The real key though, is excellent dog work. I have fopund quail hunting the hardest bird hunting I have ever experienced. (Although, timberdoodles are quite the challenge as well)
I have been on tower shotos for phesant and chukar, and it is fun shooting. If you have never done it - think of a randon skeet range, only with live flying birds (pen raised of course). I always enjoyed the social aspects of the tower shoot, more than the shooting per se. It was always great to kid each other about the shooting prowess of others......until it was your turn. :laughing: Good luck guys, and I hope you have a great time.