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The Perfect Ending

Jan 19, 2012

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.

 

 

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three bird dogs hunting in tall warm-season grass during winter
Dogs on Point

Comments

I've not hunted quail for probably 20 years, and while I have missed tremendously the work of good dogs, the fellowship and just mother nature in general, I can say I've had a pretty good time these past 20 years just doing habitat work. Sure it'd be nice to enjoy a nice mess of quail for dinner some time but untill I get a solid 3 coveys here on the farm (got 1 now), I'll just continue my work to help bring 'em back.

Thanks Dave for continuing to follow us. Nice to know you are continuing to manage your farm for the birds. Hope to see you at Pheasantfest!

Hi Bill, Thanks for keeping the posting's coming. Glad you had a good day in the field. Like any good athlete knows... to be successful during the season.. it depends a lot on what you do in the off season. This mild winter has been great so far to do off season work... Been doing a lot of chainsawing and started trapping nest predators this week. So far have removed 1 stinker, 5 grinners and 8 ringtails. Was even able to go out on Dec 15th and spray may 2012 pre-emergent herbicides on all 72 of my shrub plots. Sometimes I think the satisfaction of seeing the results of off season work is more heart warming than the actual season itself!

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