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Northern Bobwhites

« on: June 13, 2007, 01:00:48 AM »

It's taken 40 years to see my first one, had only read and seen pictures of them. I've had 3 encounters this spring, all within a 5 acre area, the last was 2 adults and a chick. I could have picked the chick up, then it put its wings straight up in the air touching each other and waddled off into the underbrush making an odd sound, calling in yet another adult. Here's a couple of pics of what they look like. A neat, yet odd looking gamebird:

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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2007, 01:16:12 AM »

Your work on the land around your place is paying off !

Congratulations on seeing them finally !
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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2007, 04:22:56 AM »

They love the damp woodland areas here in WV. I have them around the back side of my pond. Fast sucker when they fly. I have only gotten two during the hunting seasons in 6 years that I have been in WV. The taste is on the strong side.

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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2007, 10:28:15 AM »

Here's some better ones for ya.
Here in the great state of Michigan we have many that come to nest.
I raise grouse & woodcock dogs (English Setters)
We have a group of cooperaters that get licensed to band them for our DNR. Here's some photos in a thread of our sportsmans site of an aquintace of mine that does banding, you may find of interest.
I'll post the link to the thread.

http://www.michigan-sportsman.com/forum/showthread.php?t=188044

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Northern Bobwhites

« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2007, 03:59:42 PM »

Hey Thanks!   Those are some good pics!

Some of the reading that I've done on them says that they are more so abundant in Michigan if I remember correctly.

I'm in Southeastern Ohio.
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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2007, 12:03:24 AM »

We train on them in the spring for a few weeks here in Maine. Until we find the first nest.

In the Fall they are great hunting. They hold well for young dogs, fly fast and dodge around the trees.

Limit 3 per day here, with a one month season.
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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2007, 04:56:50 PM »

They make a cool noise flushing, i understand that the whistling sound comes from their wings.
We get a good migration of them here sometimes in late December and other times in Jan. to Feb.
There is a season for them here it is Jan. 1 till Feb. 1
Most of the time they come in before the season or after.
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