How do you release the birds?
We suggest that 8 - 10 birds be allowed to walk out on their own for each covey. I usually cut a flap on the side of the box about 4" wide and 6" high. Birds will filter out on their own, if allowed. Close flap and back away,
trying NOT to flush birds. Please note that when stressed, birds do not fly, so try to put
them out about one hour before hunting.
2. Will the birds run away from where I release them?
Usually the birds will stay in that immediate area if not flushed. Normally they emerge and immediately begin to eat grass and available food.
3. How much area do I need to put on a release bird hunt?
Depending on shooters' physical condition no more than about 30 acres are required. Remember,
the more you scatter the birds, the more you will walk and the dogs run!
4. Do I need dogs or pointers?
No, you do not need dogs, however, the birds will fly much better if flushed by a dog. A well-behaved Lab is a great asset!
5. Do I have to worry about these birds giving my native birds diseases?
Numerous studies have been done on the introduction of disease to native flock members and, to date, there has been no evidence of this happening. Also,
since quail are covey birds and there is not much interaction between coveys, the possibility of disease transmission is remote. All birds are raised at Outdoor Accents Quail Farm
from our own stock, so we never have outside birds coming in! We also us "throwaway" box crates, eliminating the possibility of disease coming back in used
crates. The farm is Pullorum-Typhoid free certified by the National Poultry Inspection
Program. We practice strict bio-security!
6. How long will birds last in boxes?
We suggest holding no longer than 36 hours without adding orange halves for water and feed. Remember that quail will starve in three days without food and depend on food for energy to fly well. You would not expect an athlete to perform to potential while starving. Also, keep the birds out of direct sunlight. If you plan extended boxing stays, please let us
know so that we can prepare birds appropriately. As a general rule, if you're comfortable, the birds are comfortable.
7. How long will birds survive in the wild?
I have personally killed released and/or escaped banded birds two years after their freedom. However, habitat, predators, available feed and the availability of water all figure into the equation.
8. Do I need a permit or anything special to release and hunt quail on my property?
No, if you abide by all Texas game laws applicable to quail
hunting...hunting license, quail limit and season. If you wish to exceed daily limits and hunt out of season, you need a permit from
Texas Parks and
Wildlife. A "preserve license" and can be obtained over the phone, fees apply. At that time, please ask for any other special needs, such as bands.
9. If I wanted to supplement an existing population, how would I do it?
Experience has shown that coveys are reluctant to allow 8 - 10 quail to join an existing covey of
8 - 10 birds, but
usually they will allow two to three new members, depending on size. With
that in mind, I like to locate coveys and release two to three birds near each "wild" covey. Hopefully, they will join the existing birds and become like them.
10. What animals do you consider predators of quail?
Raccoons, roadrunners, armadillos, coyotes, foxes, bobcats, feral cats, possums, birds of prey (protected) and more.
11. Do deer feeders help quail populations?
While in some instances they can and do, the fact is that most are located in an open area, devoid of brush and trees. This situation creates the perfect "timed" baiting station and perch for hawks and owls to occupy while waiting for their next meal...your quail!