collapse

Advertisement


Author Topic: Wild Quail & Pheasant populations for 2019 season  (Read 1348 times)

Offline Lady Grouse hunter

  • Love life as it is and don't waste another minute of it...
  • Women's Board
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Tracker
  • **
  • Join Date: Nov 2015
  • Posts: 90
  • Location: Duvall, Wa
    • n/a
  • Groups: n/a
Wild Quail & Pheasant populations for 2019 season
« on: October 10, 2019, 01:20:49 AM »
I have read a bunch of local reports and local News paper blogs which say they're ALL down in the last 3 years.
I'm SEEing different here by the upper Sun lakes area as it was a WET year here for once. Quail everywhere as I can't just drive to the local mini mart without dodging them in/on the local roads! IS anyone seeing the same?
Lots of Crickets, Grass hoppers, wild seeds with Cheat grass and all.  Please share your exp's
Cannot wait for a good season this year as time it getting up in years now...
One thing in LIFE is,,, We cannot out run time!

Offline Samloffler

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Hunter
  • ***
  • Join Date: Aug 2018
  • Posts: 130
  • Location: Pasco
  • Groups: Pheasants forever, RMEF
Re: Wild Quail & Pheasant populations for 2019 season
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2019, 06:58:25 AM »
Pretty similar in the basin. Plenty of quail. Pheasants are probably about the same as last year, and the last 10 years- piss poor.

Offline nwwanderer

  • Non-Hunting Topics
  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: Sep 2010
  • Posts: 2042
Re: Wild Quail & Pheasant populations for 2019 season
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2019, 07:06:31 AM »
Ditto on ours, plenty of quail, pheasants still down and a bunch of turkeys.  Any relationship with pheasant/turkey numbers?

Offline Lady Grouse hunter

  • Love life as it is and don't waste another minute of it...
  • Women's Board
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Tracker
  • **
  • Join Date: Nov 2015
  • Posts: 90
  • Location: Duvall, Wa
    • n/a
  • Groups: n/a
Re: Wild Quail & Pheasant populations for 2019 season
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2019, 09:54:32 PM »
This was an Eastside report not for Planted birds,,, Macs B
One thing in LIFE is,,, We cannot out run time!

Offline PolarBear

  • Site Sponsor
  • Trade Count: (+3)
  • Explorer
  • ******
  • Join Date: Mar 2007
  • Posts: 10207
  • Location: Tatooine
Re: Wild Quail & Pheasant populations for 2019 season
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2019, 10:14:45 PM »
I've got at least 60 quail running around my place.  This is the most in one group that I have seen in 25 years even with a bobcat den nearby
 

Offline fishnfur

  • Non-Hunting Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Nov 2014
  • Posts: 3278
  • Location: longview
Re: Wild Quail & Pheasant populations for 2019 season
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2019, 12:47:54 AM »
Polar Bear, are those California Quail or Mountain Quail?

I grew up in Tacoma and remember seeing Cali Quail all the time when I was a kid.  Ring Neck Pheasant weren't rare either - within the city limits.  They all disappeared years ago.  I haven't seen a Cali Quail in Western WA since probably 1965 or so.

While sitting in my elevated blind in Kitsap early in the month, I had a covey of Mountain Quail run right under the blind - approx. eight birds or so.  I couldn't even put a name to them because I had never seen them before.  I looked them up on Safari while I hunted.  The website I found states they are rare to virtually extirpated in the Puget Trough.  I felt lucky to see some wildlife I was unfamiliar with, especially when they are a rarity.  Doubly so in this area that has a substantial yote population.  Anyways, that sighting offset the disappointment of seeing no bucks.
“When I die, I want to die like my grandfather who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car.”  - Will Rogers

Offline PolarBear

  • Site Sponsor
  • Trade Count: (+3)
  • Explorer
  • ******
  • Join Date: Mar 2007
  • Posts: 10207
  • Location: Tatooine
Re: Wild Quail & Pheasant populations for 2019 season
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2019, 09:30:33 AM »
California quail.  We have several coveys that all gather up for the winter.  This year we had a huge survival rate of chicks.  I was on the roof yesterday and my yard was covered with them like they were starlings.  For some reason they prefer to hide and hatch in the few clumps of branches and berry vines that I leave in my pastures for them instead of the thick brush on the back 40.  I am noticing pheasants are coming back as well.

Offline fishnfur

  • Non-Hunting Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Nov 2014
  • Posts: 3278
  • Location: longview
Re: Wild Quail & Pheasant populations for 2019 season
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2019, 10:37:19 AM »
Love to hear that!  Keep killing those yotes!
“When I die, I want to die like my grandfather who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car.”  - Will Rogers

Offline PolarBear

  • Site Sponsor
  • Trade Count: (+3)
  • Explorer
  • ******
  • Join Date: Mar 2007
  • Posts: 10207
  • Location: Tatooine
Re: Wild Quail & Pheasant populations for 2019 season
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2019, 07:23:35 PM »
Love to hear that!  Keep killing those yotes!
Up to 26 so far for the year.  Getting ready to turn up the heat on what's left.   :chuckle:

Offline jeffro

  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Scout
  • ****
  • Join Date: Nov 2009
  • Posts: 392
  • Location: Camano Island
Re: Wild Quail & Pheasant populations for 2019 season
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2019, 08:58:56 PM »
Saw several hundred quail, not sure which exact species, and around 30-40 pheasant hens in the western half of the Roosevelt area yesterday.
And me without a shotgun....🤬 or even shot shells for my 44mag...🤯

Filled my deer tag though, and will be back next weekend to help my partner fill his.
I see a pile of quail being cooked up after that....
One shot. One kill!

Offline Birdguy

  • Trade Count: (+3)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Dec 2008
  • Posts: 3163
Re: Wild Quail & Pheasant populations for 2019 season
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2019, 10:13:13 AM »
Fishnfur, Kitsap and Mason counties as well as north Peirce have a decent, though tough to locate population of mountain quail. I have lived here 45 years and while tough to see and find they are around, They tend to do best in logged areas and blowdowns. In 1990 we had a severe wind storm take out a few hundred trees laid them right over. it took a couple years to clean it all up and we had great hatches of mountain quail those years found several nests as we cleaned too. Once the trees were gone so were the quail.
     I have raised mountains for many years in my aviary, had the captive ones call in wild ones at times. I knew a guy many years ago that would try to trap them out beyond Belfair though I do not know he ever got any. When the Peninsula Brid Hunters used to hold their fall meeting at the Library in Belfair before the release season for pheasants started they would have a game warden and DNR rep at the meeting, the old guys would chat those two up about where the mountains and grouse could be found. They are awesome birds for sure.


  MacB, you are almost certainly feeding the local cat population and most likely the local hawks like you even more!!!

 


* Advertisement

* Recent Topics

Light weight back packing cots by Skyvalhunter
[Today at 05:51:43 AM]


FS Sitka, Kuhl, Camelback, blaze orange vests by WAcoyotehunter
[Today at 05:39:20 AM]


Vortex spotting scope neoprene sleeve by crdmax
[Today at 05:06:04 AM]


ALERT-TAKE ACTION: Washington: Senate Committee to Vote on Gun Ban & Other Bills by huntrights
[Today at 04:31:15 AM]


Prana jacket by Tbob
[Today at 04:26:49 AM]


LIND COYOTE HUNT by ELKBURGER
[Today at 03:46:48 AM]


WTS Tikka T3x Superlite 6.5x284 Norma Leupold VX6HD by tgray
[Today at 03:45:39 AM]


Snowmobile maintenance & Gear by Romulus1297
[Today at 01:34:54 AM]


Rifle rebarreling Prices by Rat44
[Yesterday at 10:53:21 PM]


Fishing Photos by huntnnw
[Yesterday at 10:25:48 PM]


Pro Gun Rally in Olympia January 17th by bornhunter
[Yesterday at 10:22:41 PM]


Remington 700 BDL 7mm F/S by browney5er
[Yesterday at 09:57:32 PM]


Whitetail wall pedestal (The Shed Taxidermy Studio) by bowhunterforever
[Yesterday at 09:48:32 PM]


Post Your Big Whitetail Sheds by bowhunterforever
[Yesterday at 09:44:06 PM]


Best of 2010's by bowhunterforever
[Yesterday at 09:38:02 PM]


Gunsmith in Tacoma/Olympia/southern Seattle area? by Dirtnap
[Yesterday at 09:37:50 PM]


Deer Antler Point Regs by bowhunterforever
[Yesterday at 09:35:05 PM]


Election Year by Trapper John
[Yesterday at 09:29:38 PM]


Legality of air rifles for hunting by jackelope
[Yesterday at 09:18:35 PM]


Big beaver? by WapitiTalk1
[Yesterday at 09:15:09 PM]