Quail hunting may be offered any time of year at the Poetry Shooting Club. Quail hunting is allowed anytime as the club is a quail hunting preserve and licensed by the State of Texas as a “Private Bird Hunting Area”. Live and very flighty quail available always for the quail hunts and the club is a licensed “Game Bird Breeder”. Quail hunts offers a way to revisit, learn and pass on the art and love of quail hunting behind good hunting dogs.
Quail hunting on others private property can be coordinated by the Poetry Shooting Club in or out of season with enough notice and planning.
Bird dog owners and trainers are encouraged and supported, quail when available sold to bird dog owners to take away.
Quail Hunting Fees:
Club membership required.
Unguided quail hunts with your dog/s have a $150 field use fee for two hunters. Additional hunters are $50.00 each. Flighty quail are priced at $8.00 each depending on time of year and cost of quail. No bird boy services included, you put out your own birds. Bird boy service when available for $1.00 extra to put out the quail. Bird cleaning service when available offered at $1.00 per bird. Non Toxic steel shot is requested not required yet.
GUIDED Quail Hunt Fee is $350.00 single or $250.00 per gun up to four; includes field fee; 12 quail, guide & dog/s. Additional Guns without additional quail $150.00 each. Additional flighty quail desired at $10.00 each. Bird boy service provided, we put out the quail. Bird cleaning service when available offered at $1.00 per bird. Non Toxic steel shot is requested not required yet.
Guns For Rent All sizes available at $20 each cleaning fee and ammunition at market plus 100%
NOTE : All shooters must have Texas Hunting License with Texas Upland Bird Stamp. A non resident Banded Bird License is vailable from Wal-Mart .
The quail hunting is a family style, ma & pa, low key operation and is available for family and individual use. Quail hunts are also good for corporate and family parties and client entertainment. Poetry Shooting Club is located 35 miles east of Dallas, Texas and 8 miles north of Terrell Texas in the community known for over 100 years as Poetry, Texas. We are sure you will enjoy the use of the quail hunting facilities at the Poetry Shooting Club and we look forward to earning your business
Our motto; “Take a youth shooting to build boldness and confidence in their future”
NOTE; Hunters are encouraged to determine if they are covered by their home owner policy or to obtain hunters liability insurance to cover any liabilities incurred.
Quail are hunted in the fall using bird dogs that are trained to “point” to a covey (group) of quail when they find them (by smell). Then, upon command, they rush the covey of quail causing them to fly into the air. This is when the hunter is to shoot the quail, as they fly about trying to get away from you and the dog.
This all sounds very simple and it really is not that difficult if you remember a few important rules which we will cover in this article.
Quail hunting is usually done in pairs of men or women with a pair of specially trained dogs. Quail hunting is one of the only hunting sports I know in which you do not have to hide from your prey with camouflage. For safety’s sake it is best that everyone wear bright colored clothing due to the close proximity of other hunters with weapons. The last thing you want to do is shoot your dog or the person hunting with you.
Let’s cover these topics here for those of you that want to hunt quail:
Using A Shotgun to Hunt For Quail
You may hunt quail with a shotgun with the gauge of 410 to 12 gauge. What is important is the proper barrel length and choke on your shotgun. It has been recommended that a 26″ barrel with a skeet or improved cylinder choke be used.
The 20 gauge shotgun is the most common gauge of shotgun used to hunt quail the 28 gauge is gaining popularity among some hunters. A 71/2 to 8 load shell is suggested when hunting quail.
As we mentioned earlier most quail hunts involve 2 people 2 dogs in the field at one time. Each dog is competing to see if he can find the covey of quail first. When the first quail covey is located and pointed by the dog that found it then the other dog is trained to point the first dog. Excitement is building as we await the flush of the quail covey….but wait we must consider safety first and this is what should go on:
- As a rule the hunters should approach their perspective dogs from behind.
- Gun muzzles should be pointed skyward and the shotgun on safety until mounted to one’s shoulder.
- The two hunters should approach the dogs , one on either side, and in a straight line with each other. This straight line is important for hunter safety.
- Before moving up and allowing the birds to flush each hunter should visibly and mentally locate each other, both dogs, the hunting rig, and the hunting guide (if on a guided hunt). Each hunter should have been informed of the range of swing he has with his gun before the hunt as follows…….
- Each hunter’s range of swing should be from the mid-point between him and his partner and out to his side. A hunter should never cross mid-point to shoot at a quail flying on his partner’s side. Not only is this bad manners it is dangerous.
- A quail hunter should never take a shot at a low flying quail that would cause him to lower the muzzle of his shotgun below a horizontal plane with the ground. This type of shot could hit one of the dogs.
Of course circumstances may have it that you cannot approach your bird dogs from behind due to wind factors or the quail escape route. But generally speaking, the rules listed above should be followed when hunting quail.
As you can see quail hunting is not a type of hunt that you just jump into. Set up your Quail Hunt at Poetry Shooting Club for fun, safety, and successful hunting.