Cast and Blast South Florida Style - Quail - bird species # 6
While there are wild quail in Florida and I have flushed a few coveys here and there in the field there are too few to really target with any certainty, Plus, I would really need a trained dog to find and flush them. So, my quail hunting takes place on one of the many release bird operations that dot the interior of Florida. I realize some wild bird hunters might look down on this and I understand if they have access to great wild bird habitat and their own trained bird dog. But for a busy family man like me with a wide interest in both fishing and hunting and limited time to do it all a release bird operation is the way to go. Check out Quail Creek Plantation for a top flight experience. One of the best things about going to a release bird operation is they typically have well trained dogs and just watching the dogs work a field, get on point, flush the birds and then find and retrieve the downed ones - providing you shot one - is an experience in itself. Quail eat real good as well and like dove I wrap them in a strip of bacon, marinate them in Mojo and stuff the body cavity with a jalapeno pepper and grill them on a low fire.
Photo by Jody Moore - all rights reserved