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    One of the places that I hunt is a small 80 acre farm. There is one covey of birds that hangs around the place that I've gotten up about 4 times this year, always in the afternoon. The thing is that these are not the gentlemen Bobs that sit and wait for you to flush them. If you get 10 seconds of hold after a point you are doing good. The cover isn't sparse where we are at, its a mixture of pasture, native grasses, plum thickets, and cedar clumps. There aren't any other hunters that I'm aware of that push these birds, so my question for some of you super experienced quail hunters out there, is this common?

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    Nothing surprises me anymore. They can be unpredictable. Sometimes they run on me when the cover is good, but most times they'll hold pretty well. Seems like coveys run more than singles do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akp View Post
    Nothing surprises me anymore. They can be unpredictable. Sometimes they run on me when the cover is good, but most times they'll hold pretty well. Seems like coveys run more than singles do.
    What AKP said - this year I've seen it all. Had one covey jump up in cedar trees, had another 5 feet in front of the dog on point that when we started to walk up the WHOLE covey literally just took off running right there 5 feet in front of us instead of flying. The ground just came alive and started moving! Pretty cool.

    Had lots of running coveys this year it seems. Had another covey that was spread out all over the place feeding.. 1 bird here, 1 bird there, 2 birds here, 2 birds there. You just never know.

    Even had a covey in 5 inch grass (video posted under Setternut's thread)

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    I have a couple of coveys that I have hunted for years that are just about impossible to get pointed and shot. Not sure that it isn't some kind of genetic thing with them.
    Steve

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    Spooky covies are the norm out here on public land. If they don't flush 50+ yds in front of the dogs you know they haven't been hunted yet that season.
    "The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship"

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    I'm in OK too and we've had running coveys for the past few weeks. The worst is that I'll put up a covey. watch them sit back down and go after them, and then I can't find them again. Unreal. the last one, I put up 30 birds or so, and on the second flush I put up 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMichigan View Post
    I'm in OK too and we've had running coveys for the past few weeks. The worst is that I'll put up a covey. watch them sit back down and go after them, and then I can't find them again. Unreal. the last one, I put up 30 birds or so, and on the second flush I put up 4.
    This was pretty much my experience this past weekend hunting western ok. Big coveys get up and pretty much stay together as they fly, then apparently hit the ground running.

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    I experience the same thing. Finding coveys and then a couple singles. I always thought the dog could not smell them. I think next covey flush I will hunt about thirty minutes before heading to the singles.

    A couple weeks ago, could not find a cripple. Came back an hour later and dog points it quickly where it went down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossing shot View Post
    I experience the same thing. Finding coveys and then a couple singles. I always thought the dog could not smell them. I think next covey flush I will hunt about thirty minutes before heading to the singles.

    A couple weeks ago, could not find a cripple. Came back an hour later and dog points it quickly where it went down.
    "Wind washed" is what the old timers said. Research in Missouri wildlife areas using radio collared quail, determined that dogs hunting in their area were not very often found, even when the radio conservation agent took the hunter and dogs back to that area and pinpointed the area! Proving again what little we know. Assumption is they can shut down their scent, or diminish it at times. The wind washed affect I have seen since a kid, better to come back after a time and work the singles. The big rip roaring "covey" dogs didn't concern themselves with singles, went on to find another covey, some seem to actually avoid the glide path of the singles. Usually a "singles" dog, a bitch with mountains of seasoning would puck the singles. Some so good you had to provide mercy rules to prevent over harvest. I like the wit matching with a spooky covey, try to approach in a different direction, different time. I revel in the fact they make a fool of me and my dogs, and have satisfaction in plucking a bird now and then, mostly I am happy to have them at all after the recent past, even if they all are that way!

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    Don't you just love it though? You don't get that from pheasants, they flush and you never see them again. Nothing like hunting quail with a dog. They are frustrating, cagey, sneaky, unpredictable. Make you question your ability to shoot straight. Yesterday ran into a covey that I chased back and forth down a fencerow. Every bird flew back into the fencerow, never gave me a good shot. Ran into another covey. Saw where some landed along a creek. 1 was burrowed under a downed tree. Dog was whining and wimpering. My son and I pulled branches and dug as much as we could, no flush, but the dog wouldn't leave. Finally, my dog laid on her side, squeezed under the tree and pawed the quail out of a hole or something and it flushed. And.......I missed. Just amazing and a lot of fun. Hate to see the season end in about 10 days.

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