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Discussion in 'Hunting' started by tcsnake, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. tcsnake

    tcsnake Well-Known Member

    Howdy all, just finished up dove season out here in CA and damnit if i didn't have a time and a half trying to pick out all that #6 from my kills. I averaged 30 min with tweasers and patience (yes PER BIRD!)

    My question is how can I reduce my cleaning time when quail season starts? should I just switch to BB shot and be done with it? or is there something im missing here? a metal detector mabey?:D


  2. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    Down here in the desert with our blue quail, the shots are rather long so I use high-brass 7-1/2. I just breast them out, so shot never seem to be much of a problem. So, generally, I don't pick; I chew carefully and spit. :D

    My big problem with quail is that they poop on the deck chairs on my porch.
  3. keyboard commando

    keyboard commando Well-Known Member

    Larger size shot,a more open choke,or use a smaller gauge of shotgun.:scrutiny:
  4. buck460XVR

    buck460XVR Well-Known Member

    I too save only the breast and use the same technique on quail as I do for woodcock and grouse. That is to use a hammer type meat tenderizer to flatten the breast so shot and shot trails are easy to see. Learned this from watching my wife preparing chicken breasts for Kiev and Cordon bleu.
  5. zoom6zoom

    zoom6zoom Well-Known Member

    If it were available, and if it worked.... http://www.seasonshot.com/
    Maybe you can roll your own with peppercorns and rock salt.
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2010
  6. tcsnake

    tcsnake Well-Known Member

    Zoom that is awesome! I hope season shot comes out soon, wanna try that (assuming its not just a joke)
  7. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Well, if you were a good shot, you would only have pellets in their head of course.......:D

    Use larger shot like 6 and open chokes
  8. CoastieShep

    CoastieShep Well-Known Member

    I've always used 7 for dove and quail and only remember eating a couple pellets over the years.
  9. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    If your shots generally run 20 to 30 yards, field loads of #8 or #7-1/2 are plenty good, with an improved-cylinder choke. That seems typical for bob whites. For me, it's often 40 to 50 yards on the larger blues, so I go with full choke and the stronger loads.

    Blue quail are about half-again the size of bob whites.

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