Jan. 15 was the last day of quail season, and I celebrated with good friends and good dogs. We hunted a farm in southern Livingston County, which has always been a good bet for quail due to the habitat work on the farm. Two of the three coveys we flushed were in brushpiles and shrub thickets, while the third was in a small patch of annual lespedeza, all products of the habitat work done on the farm.
Now is the time to get some habitat work completed. I like wintertime for heavy chainsaw work, such as edge feathering or woodland thinning. But this winter has been dry enough I have completed several prescribed burns and some bush honeysuckle control.
Consider helping quail with habitat work on your farm or on properties which you hunt for quail. The perfect ending to my quail season would not have been possible without some edge feathering and little bluestem plantings. On the way home, I was thinking about the great day we had and realized that I had not fired a single shot. Watching dogs work and my friends shoot was all I needed to celebrate the day.