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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-20-2013, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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Late season birds

I had a little extra time today to let the dogs work and things went well. Nittany and Blitz started off with a point in a food plot.


The point produced a couple of hens in a rooster only area. I did hear a rooster cackle in the distance but he was in an area I can't hunt. It is still nice to hear them. Shortly after this Nittany had a point in the woods that is located behind the food plot. I was able to wing the rooster and Blitz made the retrieve.



I still had a good bit of time before I had to go home so we pushed on to see if we could find any more birds on the edge of the property. The dogs had a good point in the area close to where I found quail a few days ago.



I wasn't sure if it was the quail or a pheasant when I started to walk up. I didn't need to take another bird to make it a nice outing so I took some video instead:



There were about 10 birds in this group. After this we worked some more and spent more time in the switchgrass. We were able to put up one more rooster from the grass. After this it was time to walk back to the truck when Blitz had one more point.


There is a hen just under the tree in the corner.

She held pretty tight before flying off. It was a nice day for me and the dogs. I plan to get out this weekend but I don't know if I'll take many more birds at this point. I did see pheasant chicks in the area last summer and it would be nice to see again.
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Re: Late season birds

awesome day out with the dogs!!!

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Re: Late season birds

Are those quail from a Johnny house or wild?
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Re: Late season birds

Very nice,I love to have Quail up here thanks for posting.

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Re: Late season birds

The quail were released from a JH in early October and have been on their own since. They have done well the past couple of years. I've heard them calling into the summer months last year.
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Re: Late season birds

very nice pictures... that last one especially! Congrats on your hunt.
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Nittany was a little stiff and sore today. He turned 9 last month and this is the first time he showed his age. I think the snow and ice wore him out more than usual. But I did take Blitz out to hit the gamelands and a co-op area. The birds were bunched up today. We started out and a hen flushed wild. Then Blitz had his first point:

He was a little mixed up. He was looking over his shoulder and the birds were in the woods on the right. It ended up being 3 roosters that ran and flushed. I could have taken a shot but I wasn't worried about taking birds today.

His next point was in a different area on the edge of the woods.

I walked in and 5 roosters flushed and cackled off deeper into the woods. It was quite a scene to see that many birds at one time.

Moving on we made our way to a food plot and Blitz had another point:

There were 3 hens in this field and I tried to get some video:


Blitz had another point in what remains of the cool season grass and three different hens flushed wild from that field. His last point of the day was in the switchgrass close to the woods.

This rooster was tucked under the bent over grass and was a tough one to flush out. I wish I could have gotten better video of him bursting out of the snow but this was the best I could do:


I was quite surprised to see this many birds bunched up together. Some held tight, some flushed wild and others ran before flushing. I hope to get more work on these birds over the winter months.
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Re: Late season birds

Looks like some solid habitat
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-21-2013, 01:08 AM
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Good Stuff Brian!
Both pups need a belly rub.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-21-2013, 01:10 AM
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Great job, sounds like you had a blast. Good to hear the birds holdover so well down there.
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