Today I decided to hit "The G" a little secret spot that seems only a few know about. When I reached the area I noticed a pickup truck with two dog kennels in the bed parked near the area. So I decided not to enter the area and hunt another. I left for CBF. When I first was introduced to this area, it was a gold mine. I once saw a covey of several hundred quail here. That of course was one of those glorious el nino years. Since then as the wet years have become fewer and fewer, the birds are harder to find. That being said the birds are still there, you just need to work for them.
After gearing up and heading to the field, Kaiser was getting birdy. Within the first 5 minutes a covey of 12 flushed not too far from where we parked. I managed to make a shot but had no luck. I saw them running and we went after them. We chased them, flushing out the singles but were unable to connect with any. We worked the field aggressively for several hours. No other birds were found. So we circled our way back to the truck. A pair of valley quail flushed I took the one closest to my left and shot. I saw the bird glide down into ground. I called the dog and made chase. I believe I hit him but it was not solid hit. I must have only nicked him with on pellet. The dry air made scenting difficult for Kaiser and we did not find him. It must have took off running. He headed to the Rover and headed into town for lunch as my Engel fridge was placed on a higher setting and froze our sandwiches.
We moved on finding sporadic birds and rabbits but we were unable to connect with anymore. Conditions are dry and scenting is difficult for the dog. While Kaiser was on birds, he managed no points he did have a few unconfident points (one where he points but rather than being stiff as a board, he was wagging his tail). The birds were flushing wild and all my shoots were over 30 yards. For this early in the season that is odd. The birds we took were young and not mature holdovers but they are already wise enough to get out of town. It appears it's going to be a tough season.