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I'm taking some pretty good pictures on my travels. However, I'm missing easily 50% of the best pictures, because I don't have a zoom lens. I have a GoPro and, with the editing software, I think I may have found a solution, short of spending $2000. I'm going to give it a shot.
|Love these Blue Quail in New Mexico!|
For some reason, I love hunting these frustrating birds! Back home, in Georgia, I'll mention I'm on my way to New Mexico to hunt Blues and I'll get lots of comments about how they run and are hard to get up to shoot. Exactly! They are a tough, challenging bird. As much as I enjoy hunting a Texas lease with 20+ coveys per day, for the walking hunter, these Blue Quail have their own mystique. I wish all birds were as cooperative as Bobwhites- a true gentleman bird. I finally realized I must not be that gentleman. I truly enjoy the challenge of chasing the Blue devils.
|Shack has a covey pinned|
These tough, blue SOB's are anything but gentlemen. They will run away so fast a West Texas pointer can't keep up with them! Then, the next covey will split up and hide in every bush, or fly and land in a cholla cactus tree, of just hold tight while the dog runs past looking for a sprinting covey. They will flush in front of you, behind you, under your feet. They will flush half a covey and run the rest!
|Shack catching scent a ways off.|
|Shack with a snoot full of Blue Quail scent.|
|Pearl says, "When you're done fooling around, I'm ready!"|
|Ethan and his first Blue Quail- He did a good job!|
|Them Texas Boys is shooters!|
|Cap finds a swimming hole!|
|Lunch on the tailgate- wind is brutal from the front of the truck!|
|Ending a successful season with Robert Siler!|
Finally, at the end of the last day, a bottle of good bourbon appeared and two, old birdhunters lifted a glass to good dogs, good friends and a worthy opponent! (Hey, Honey, only 7 months until bird season!)