This has been a busy week, sorry I’m late posting! I am in Copenhagen again this week for my day job, and before leaving on tis trip was busy getting my guns and gear ready for a trip to Texas just a few days after getting back in country.
I’ll be meeting up with Chacho to hunt a new lease for rabbits, do some predator calling, and scout for hunts later in the year. Word has come down that Texas will be adding new regulations this year that will permit the use of Airguns for game animals, which will include quail! I’ve been a serious upland bird hunter all my life, but I have to say that since some states (CA, AZ) allowed Airguns for quail hunting, this has shifted my bird hunting focus a bit!
Hunting quail with an airgun is a challenge, and though you obviously don’t take them on the wing, locating them before the run off or take flight is not easy. Neither is getting a head or neck shot as they don’t hold still long when on the move. This year I’ll try for a new grand slam: quail with an airgun. Blue quail in Texas, Mountain and Mearns quail in California, and Gambel’s quail in Arizona! Trying to get these all in one season should be fun, and may give me a reason to pull out the .177 rifles I haven’t used for a while.
But back to Tejas! If all goes as expected with the hunting regulations we’ll (airgun hunters) have a new venue to hunt mule and whitetail deer, antelope, javalina, and game birds along with all the exotic, varmint, and predator hunting opportunities we’ve had there in the past! I’m in the Lone Star State a half dozen times per year to hunt, but that will sky rocket this year. I’m lucky that from my local airport flights to Dallas are frequent and cheap enough that long weekend trips are practical.
I get excited when I have a quest in front of me, and the grand slam of quail will be one of those. Several years ago I proposed (and completed) the grand slam of predators with an airgun (coyote, fox, bobcat, and raccoon), then the grand slam of squirrels (fox, gray, Aberts, and black color phase) which I did, and next will be quail!! I also like quests that require that I travel and hunt in different types of terrain under varied conditions. We’ll see how it goes!
I’m already planning a squirrel hunt in Arizona right after Airgun of Arizonas EBR 2018, I need to check on seasons but perhaps I can add quail to the ticket if the timing is right. I’ve talked about this in the past, but there is no reason to limit your traveling hunts to big game, as a matter of fact if you do this you’re missing out on a great opportunity.
Part of the excitement of this type of hunt is, that by it’s very nature, small game hunting generally provides multiple opportunities to stalk and bag your game. And if you blow a stalk or miss your shot, not the end of the world, you move on to the next. But add to that the excitement of the journey, being in the field in a new or infrequently visited area. It also lets you revisit places from your hunting past: I lived in Indiana for several years so going back for a weekend squirrel hunt is a chance to visit my old haunts and sometimes hunt with old friends as well.
It will be change: this week I’m dressed in suit and tie moving through Copenhagen, which is a city I know well and like a lot. Next week I’ll be in jeans and camo moving though the mesquite in West Texas…. You’ll never guess which one I prefer……