Travel day 1. I spent last night in Picture Canyon (Comanche National Grasslands). Freaking cold...13F! My camper heater stopped each cycle for less than a minute!
My GSP and I did go for a walk after meeting a couple who just walked the canyon with their Vislas looking for scaled quail. It was about an hour before dark, so we walked pretty fast trying to get to the painted rocks. Too dark for pics. Thought if we climbed up top to walk back it would be faster and might find some birds...NOT! No place to climb down!
We had to backtrack and drop down where we climbed up. Now getting pretty dark as we walked the trail back to the camper, I heard quail chirping! Then I heard and spotted two flying toward the chirps. Exciting, but freezing, so we hurried back to the camper for dinner and an evening wine.
I forgot to turn the heater on before we started our walk, so it was 24F inside! Within 20 minutes it was up to 60F. I worried all night that with the heater running so much, the batteries wouldn't last. Worked out fine.
Got up before daylight and headed out. Saw only 3 rabbits on the 20 mile dirt road back to the highway at Campo, CO. Amazed that was all!
Then shortly after getting into Texas, a coyote grabbed a road killed rabbit and headed across a railroad track in front of me. Next a covey of bobwhites were picking gravel on the shoulder between Stratford and Dumas! OK, now the excitement is building to go hunt these tiny "buggers"!
There's a drive in theater, Midway! My mind steps back to my childhood of the first drive in movie I ever saw. My uncle who was a test navigator on the B-58 bomber took my sister and I to see "No Time For Sargents" with Andy Griffith.
Passing through Turkey, TX and the last stretch I see a couple of road runners two of the many I'm going to see.
I come to the electric gate and drive to the cabin where Gizmo and my guide, Justin come out to greet me. A quick burrito lunch and off we go in the Mule to see more quail than I have ever seen in my life! Amazing what happens when you get rain in arid country!
This place has a year around stream flowing through the south end of the 2,000 acres. There's a couple of nice lakes with trees in the water on one side perfect for the bass and bluegills in it! The land has lots of structure with deep ravines, "watch your step", you could easily hide a semi in. Tons of deer paid little attention to us. Several fine bucks and some up and comers for a few years out. The hogs have made a mess in almost every field. Winter wheat is popping out in several of the fields now. The exotics seemed much more spooky than the mulies.
Royal27, You were absolutely right! I grew up in TX and quail hunted quite a lot, but I think you could put all those coveys I hunted together and there's still more just on Gizmo's place. I am so amazed! My old GSP and I will be worn out by the end of today I'm certain!
Leopard Legend....................Hi John.............I see that you have not visited AH in awhile. Hope all is well. I am looking for a hunt in Namibia..............would like to ask a few questions about your hunt.............all the best..............................Bill
Hi Bob, how's things going in Wyong?. Down your way a couple of years back but haven't been in NSW since Ebor for the fishing. just getting over some nasty storms up here in Qld, seeing the sun for the first time in a few days. I'm going to NZ in the spring and hope to clean up a few buns while there and perhaps shake the spiders out of my old .303LE (currently owned by my BIL). Cheers Brian