This little fellow is to head the list because he is the most widely distributed and best loved of all our game birds. In all the south, the west to the mountains, and throughout the Middle States, not a sportsman can be found who will not assert a fondness for quail shooting, the sport of many being limited to this one bird. The Bobwhite Quail ranges from Minnesota to the southern extremity of Florida.
The Bobwhite Quail affords shooting under many conditions, some of them so easy as to make him one of the least difficult of all our game birds to bag, and others quite hard enough to call forth the highest skill of the most expert gun. The beginner can kill some quail, while the practiced shot won’t get them all.
The marked characteristics of quail are that he lies best to the dog and rises nearer the gun than any other upland game bird; they are found both in the open and in heavy cover; quail can be pursued on foot, on horseback; bevies break away all in a bunch, with a tremendous rush and whir of wings, with a startling rapidity only rivaled by the ruffed grouse.
The Bobwhite Quail is a winged athlete, capable of swerving and dodging when occasion demands in a manner to shame a sparrow.
In the open, level ragweed field, where the vegetation is from knee to waist high, the Bobwhite Quail will sail away in a relatively straight line, where upon a right or left hand shot should be within the powers of the beginning gunner. However, when trees and brush are present the course of the quail is beyond the foresight of man; they have been know to swerve out harms way, by dodging a column of shot that has been sent straight at them.
The quail is so difficult to hunt due to a large part the fact they rise so near the hunter. Compound this with the fact that the Bobwhite Quail can fly from 65-85 feet per second and will often circle the hunter, they can be on of the most challenging birds to take. A good pointer is a great asset when hunting the quail.
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