Texas quail are by FAR our favorite bird to hunt! We had the pleasure of spending 3 days with West Texas Quail Outfitters hunting near Alpine, Texas. Chasing scaled quail in the shadow of the Davis mountains on crisp west Texas days is about as good as upland bird hunting gets. The guides, Ryan and Josh, are hard working guys and did all they could to put us in the right places. They were an absolute pleasure to hunt with.
But know that hunting wild birds means that bird counts are at the whim of the cycles of mother nature . This year finding birds at times was a challenge and required covering a lot of ground to hit the coveys. It reminds you that every bird is indeed a gift from God.
“Hunza”, the German Shorthaired Pointer
Quail flushed to the top of the cactus. We had four guns but this fast flying bird got clean away!
What is prettier in the field than English Pointers?
The “English” on point. We pitted the English Pointers against the German Shorthairs to see who would stick the most quail.
Hard point, stylish dog.
We love these beautiful dogs!
A hand full of Scaled or Blue quail.
A serious dog!
The Davis mountains provide a beautiful backdrop.
The “Germans” on point.
A well worn Remington 870 20 gauge, a true workhorse.
These damn pigs are everywhere in Texas! Bacon is good, pork chops are good – but these pigs are nothing but trouble.
Our guide has an impressive string of bird dogs. GSPs, English Pointers and this pretty little Brittany. I hear they even have a Weimaraner! All great dogs.
Beautiful West Texas Skies!
We ended every hunting day with a nice picnic and a glass of wine. Ryan is from South Africa and says this is what they do over there on safari. A great time to relax and relive the hits and misses, unique and fun!
A nice stringer of birds.
This was a wonderful hunt in beautiful country.
Sweet Tex turned seven years old yesterday. Happy Birthday old boy!