By Brad Trumbo
The Times 

A Timely Hunt for Valley Quail

Palouse Outdoors


November 3, 2022

Bradley Trumbo

One of the things I appreciate the most about valley quail is its laid-back personality. The older I get, the less likely I am to crawl out of bed in the dark to go hunting. I am still motivated, but my best sleep comes from about 4:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., making hunts earlier than 8:00 a.m. less desirable. Coincidentally, valley quail tend to agree with me. They often loaf in the thick stuff on cold mornings before heading out to feed around 8:00 a.m.

Eight o'clock is when I asked Dale to meet me in one of my favorite public quail covers. Dale is a southerner who had not hunted birds out w...

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