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Quail hunting

Postby ksfowler166 » Sat Nov 05, 2011 1:57 pm

Was wondering what everyone uses for hunting bobwhite quail? As for me I use a Remington 11-87 12ga with a mod. choke and #6, 5, and 4 shot.
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Re: Quail hunting

Postby apexhunter » Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:18 pm

For wild birds I shoot a 16 or 20 ga and for preserve birds I shoot a .410 or 28 ga. For either I use IC or Mod chokes and shoot #7-1/2 or #8 shot.
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Re: Quail hunting

Postby pintailhunter » Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:04 pm

No Bobwhite out here but for Valley and Gambels quail I use a 12ga. and #8's. In the past I've killed a few with a 20ga. and #8's. Never needed larger shot.
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Re: Quail hunting

Postby Jim P » Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:24 pm

Down here in ga. I ue a frachi o/u with #8's. An a little Britt.
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Re: Quail hunting

Postby luie b » Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:09 pm

Stoeger Condor o/u 12 gauge on wild and preserve birds. We don't have all that many wild birds around here but if you get permission on the right properties and work hard over experienced dogs you can get some quail. Just not near as much habitat as there used to be. I for one can't wait until I move out of the house in 2 years so I can get my own bird dog. My parents wouldn't ever let me get a dog so I hunt over my cousin's 2 pointers.
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Re: Quail hunting

Postby TomKat » Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:53 pm

ksfowler166 wrote:Was wondering what everyone uses for hunting bobwhite quail? As for me I use a Remington 11-87 12ga with a mod. choke and #6, 5, and 4 shot.


#4? Really?
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Re: Quail hunting

Postby znewc14 » Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:01 am

ksfowler166 wrote:Was wondering what everyone uses for hunting bobwhite quail? As for me I use a Remington 11-87 12ga with a mod. choke and #6, 5, and 4 shot.


Do you ever have any meat left or are you trying to blast the heck it of them!? :lol3:
For quail I've never used anything bigger than 7.5s with an open choke out of my 12. And thats been plenty for me, I've gone out for chukar forgetting my #6s and gotten 4 birds with #8s. I'm also hunting wild birds

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Re: Quail hunting

Postby sprigs4days » Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:57 am

good numbers of valley quail over here. have always used a 12 ga. with federal #7-1/2 or #8
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Re: Quail hunting

Postby whisperin' duck » Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:22 pm

My ex-father-in-law, I think I got that right, is a guide in south Texas. When I'd go down I liked using his SBE I with no. 6 Rio shells. Good times, one of the few things I miss about that endevoure!
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Re: Quail hunting

Postby ksfowler166 » Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:36 pm

Well to explain myself, three or four years ago my family got a dog and she turned out to be able to point (not the intention when we got her). So my dad and me got asked to go out to central Kansas to "phesant" hunt. My dad had always told me that #5 shot was the best for phesants and to expect lots of walking with longer shots. So I staggered loaded my gun with #4-#6 shot with a mod. choke.Turns out that consitently the past few years that we see and shot considerably more quail than pheasant. Last season on opening weekend we shot four phesant and 14 quail. No I never did blow up a bird, the only birds we have left behind are the ones that the guy's who invited us dog eats.
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Re: Quail hunting

Postby bubba57 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:37 pm

12 ga. pump with 7.5s Hi brass. I hunt west Texas and Western Okla. and the wind is always blowing and these shells seem to buck the wind pretty good with modified choke.
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Re: Quail hunting

Postby champer196 » Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:50 am

20 ga. O/U, 870 or one of my A5's in improved cylinder or modified. Nothing larger than 7.5 shot.
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Re: Quail hunting

Postby WisterSpoonieSlayer » Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:31 pm

20ga 1100 I/C or Mod choke. #6 shot. I like #6 because were I hunt I have just as good of a chance of jumping a covey of Chucker as I do a covey of Valley Quail.
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Re: Quail hunting

Postby krusse25 » Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:05 pm

My Over/Under 686 Silver Pigeon-12ga-7 shot- and my Weimaraner Rem.
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Re: Quail hunting

Postby 1Luckytiger » Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:36 pm

'63 Vintage A5 in 20 gauge..straight cylinder bore..high brass 9's...WICKED..if you're a snap-shooter as myself!! :lol:
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Re: Quail hunting

Postby Trv » Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:13 am

1Luckytiger wrote:'63 Vintage A5 in 20 gauge..straight cylinder bore..high brass 9's...WICKED..if you're a snap-shooter as myself!! :lol:



That's a nice gun! :thumbsup:

Stouger 20 ga o/u ic and modified choke 7 1/2 high speed AA rounds (1300) fps.. That's all I ever need. Quail don't stand a chance. And if it's too windy to use a 20 ga then use a 12 ga... Or its to windy to quail hunt and you should be duck hunting :huh:
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Re: Quail hunting

Postby Baker » Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:31 pm

A-5 20 gauge, cyl bore and no. 8s for me. But, I've all but given up on bird hunting. Wild birds are scarce for us these days and pen raised, while still fun, just ain't the same. I'd be interested in hearing if you guys in other parts of the country are still finding good numbers of quail. In southeast va and northeast nc where I have hunted all my life, it may soon be a thing of the past.
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Re: Quail hunting

Postby badgreenbird » Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:29 pm

28 gauge with 3/4 oz of #8. Never shot bobwhites, but that's what I use on wild California (valley) quail when I hunt them down south. Still lots of wild quail in the west... sad that eastern quail hunting is pretty much reduced to pen-raised bobwhites
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Re: Quail hunting

Postby apexhunter » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:14 am

badgreenbird wrote:Still lots of wild quail in the west... sad that eastern quail hunting is pretty much reduced to pen-raised bobwhites


It is sad indeed but modern farming practices with pivot irrigation, ditchbank mowing and all of the herbicides and pesticides being used leave little to no cover and brousing areas for quail. A few people manage their farms for crops as well as wildlife and leave hedgerows and some untouched cutover types of areas but with aerable soil at a premium most of it goes under plow these days.
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Re: Quail hunting

Postby Baker » Fri Mar 22, 2013 8:46 am

I hear ya Apex. That about sums it up. I don't see bird hunting getting any better, except isolated pockets that are being managed for it.
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Re: Quail hunting

Postby tommie d » Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:26 pm

Fabarms O/U 20ga with .410 tubes. Most of the time I have both barrels choked IC. I load my own shells with #7.5's because the price of .410 shells has gone through the roof! I also hunt some Public land that requires Non-toxic for all hunting and go with Bismuth in #7 shot.
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Re: Quail hunting

Postby hunter352 » Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:57 pm

20 guage L.L. Bean New Englander O/U or my 20 guage Orvis Field Shotgun S/S... usually 7 1/2 shot... sometimes my 12 guage L.L. Bean New Englander or 12 guage Ruger Red Label.
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Re: Quail hunting

Postby BurnettGunner » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:06 am

I didn't even know there was a place that you could hunt quail in the wild anymore.
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Re: Quail hunting

Postby talltimber » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:26 am

I started out with Dads Sportsman 58 in 16 ga. Once I had made enough money I bought my first gun when I was 16. It was an 1100 12 ga 26" imp cyl. Killed a lot of birds back then, me and my English Pointer gyp. Good times back then, this would have been around '76 to '88. My grandpa started taking me when I was about ten yo. My ggrandpa got him started hunting when he married my grandma. I got to hunt with my ggrandpa a couple of times even. Memory lane.
No birds around here to speak of anymore, same reasons as listed above. I'd love to go on a good hunt again on wild birds with good dogs. I wouldn't even have to shoot. I miss it still, and haven't been on a hunt since around '94-95
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Re: Quail hunting

Postby tommie d » Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:12 pm

BurnettGunner wrote:I didn't even know there was a place that you could hunt quail in the wild anymore.


Yes we still hunt wild quail here in Kansas. Season opens November 9. Come out and enjoy if you like.
I'm sending off a old barrel from a Mossberg 500E to have some mod's done to it like, lengthen & polish the forcing cone & chamber and have it threaded for choke tubes. Should have it back in time for opening day. :smile: I love .410's
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