Quail Ranch of Oklahoma 
Specializing in Bobwhite Quail is What We Do!

Ranch Tid - Bits & Links

Quail Ranch favorite Links:

"Johnny House"
Re-Call Pens

WL Jaggars Phantom Quail Kennel
We build high quality, affordable pigeon lofts and quail recall pens utilizing innovative and proven designs as well as Grade A building materials and superior workmanship assuring the best opportunity to raise and keep pigeons and Bobwhite quail for bird dog training. See the highly rated Phantom Quail Kennel,
visit their website today!

Dog Training Info & Supplies:

Tulsa Bird Dog Assoc 
Tulsa, OK
A club for gun dog enthusiasts!


Pointing Dog Journal


Dogs a Field
Your source for dog training aids.
www.dogsafield.com


Like labs?
Check out Pointinglabs.com
They are dedicated to the pointing labrador retriever.

Hunts:

Quail Run Hunt Club

At Quail Run Hunt Club you are offered the best bird hunt you will ever experience.
THE WORLDS BEST BIRD HUNT
Conveniently located to both Oklahoma City and Tulsa
Visit their website
for all the details and pricing!
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Cherokee Spur Ranch

Cherokee Spur Ranch is the perfect venue for many occasions, whether it’s hunting behind the finest gundogs, a beautiful outdoor wedding,
a corporate retreat or a weekend getaway. Be sure to visit their website for more info.

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 Matador Ranch

Some of the best quail hunting found in Texas is located on the Matador Ranch. The ranch works to consistently improve habitat and nutrition for both turkeys and quail. Guided quail hunts, for both wild and released birds, are available. Visit their website for more info and photos of their wonderful lodge!
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Wildlife Management:

Intergrated Wildlife Management Services
Upland Birds,Waterfowl, and White-Tailed Deer
For Management Plans and Scientific Breeder Inspections call
Dan Van Schaik, Wildlife Biologist
903-523-6045
Gordonville, TX
Email: danv@texoma.net

Forum:

This site has a wonderful  Forum, 
"That Quail Place"
you will find a wealth of information from fellow bird keepers.

Quail Ranch Tips: 

Quail Tip:
Bobwhites avoid death from predators by remaining perfectly still, running, or flying. The primary flight muscles in the breast are large, but poorly supplied with the nutrients that release energy for sustained flight. The heart is small, relative to body mass, which reduces endurance. This combination constrains the bobwhite to short distance flyers. Bobwhites will not push their limits of endurance if acceptable cover is nearby. Fully mature birds are rapid flyers, but lack endurance. Immature birds have even less endurance and can sometimes be caught by a dog after two or three flights. Bobwhites do a great deal of wing exercising while feeding and moving about, although they may go days at a time without flying.
 

Quail Tip:
The Bobwhite loves companionship. The quail covey remains together for several reasons. One of the reasons is safety. The more eyes the covey has, the less chance of a predator to catch them.  They also roost together. The bobwhite is one of the few birds that roost on the ground. It’s a beautiful site to see a covey of these birds in a circle with all their heads facing out. This covey instinct makes them great for a recall pen. When you let birds out of your pen, the ones in the pen will communicate with the ones out, and with their natural instinct will covey up again. 
 

Training Dogs with Bobwhites (Planting Quail)
Bobwhite quail have been the choice of bird dog trainers for many years. It is critical to use strong, healthy flight-conditioned birds to train your dog. You must prevent your dog from catching your birds. Using older birds that are bigger, stronger and have more scent will help. Have your dog’s yard work done. Your dog must know their obedience commands before you take them to the field.

Buying flight-conditioned birds does not guarantee that they will stay that way; if you put them in a small recall pen or holding pen and only take them out to train your dog, they may not be strong flyers. You must keep your birds flight-conditioned in a flight pen or releasing them and recalling them as often as you can. 

 The Field
Take a good look at your training field. Your field should be high enough to plant birds without your dog sight pointing. Around a foot high is good for a young dog. A field that is waist deep will not permit scent to travel and will only serve to tangle up you and your dog. Test the wind direction before you begin training. You should always work your dog upwind into the birds. This will give your dog the best scenting condition. 

Planting Quail
Always wear gloves when handling birds and cages to prevent you from leaving human scent on the bird. Use a carrying cage or your portable recall cage to place the birds in your training field. Plant quail 50-75 yards apart in the field. There are different ways to plant birds dependent upon what you are trying to accomplish with your dog. You may want to release your birds right from your cage or take the carrying cage and spin it around and then open the door and shake a bird or two out into the grass. Another way is to tuck the head of the quail under its wing and lay it on its side. This method permits the bird to be flight ready immediately and prevents young dogs from catching the bird. You must be cautious dizzying quail. A young dog will catch a bird that is too dizzy to escape.  

Release Cage
There is a lot of elaborate training equipment available to get your dog off to a good start with birds. An assortment of release cages are available, ranging from the simplest to the most sophisticated, all with the same purpose. Their purpose is to contain a live quail safely and exactly where you put it. Then releasing the bird when you so desire. Release cages are helpful if your dog creeps in on birds and can help prevent an unsteady dog on point from catching the bird. 

Marking Birds
Use some method to mark the bird locations, like a ribbon on a branch, in your training field. This will help you remember where the birds are and help you with determining what kind of training your dog needs to focus on. Do not cast your dog into the field immediately after planting birds. Allow the birds to be planted as long as possible to build scent.

Always permit your dog to run and hunt for a while before casting him in to the planted birds. This will give him time to calm down after the initial burst of energy from leaving his kennel. Remember! Scenting conditions vary and may be different each time you train your dog. Don’t think it’s your dog all the time. The rest is dog training and hunting wild birds. Good Luck!

 

 

 

Quail Ranch Favorite Recipes:

Barbecued Quail
12 Whole Quail Breasts
24 Quail Legs
Real butter
Lemon
1 Pkg. Wild Rice Blend
1 Can Diced Green Chilies
12 Bacon Strips
Bay Leaves (optional)

Boil breasts and legs in water until partially cooked. Brown legs in butter and a squeeze of lemon until seared. Set aside and keep warm. Prepare rice and set aside. Place a spoonful of chilies in cavity of each breast; wrap each breast with one strip of bacon. Place each breast on individual pieces of foil- top each with a squeeze of lemon, a pat of butter and one bay leaf. Wrap foil tightly. Cook 12 quail packets on hot barbecue for 10-15 minutes, or until breasts are thoroughly cooked. Serve foil packets with rice and fried legs.



Grilled Quail Breast
24 Quail Breasts
1/2 Cup Baking Soda
3-4 Tablespoons Salt
Fat Free Italian Dressing
Cajon or Creole Seasoning
Garlic Powder and Pepper to Taste

Thoroughly wash the breasts; cover with water and add baking soda and salt. Cover and refrigerate 2 - 4 hours, stirring once or twice. Wash breasts and drain.
P
our dressing over and sprinkle with Creole seasoning, garlic powder, and pepper. Mix, cover and refrigerate 2 - 4 hours, stirring a couple of times.
Grill breasts over medium heat for about 20 minutes, turning half way through cooking time. Approx. 10 minutes per side. Baste during cooking with fresh Italian dressing.
 



Baked Quail
8 Whole Quail, Dressed
8 Slices of Bacon
8 Orange Slices
1/2 Cup Melted Real Butter
4 Tablespoons Orange Juice
4 Tablespoons Honey
Grated Orange Peel

Place quail in roasting pan. Cover with sliced bacon and orange slices. Mix remaining ingredients for a basting sauce. Bake at 375 degrees, covered for 20 - 30 minutes or until tender, basting frequently with sauce.

 

 

 

 

 



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