A walk in the woods, hoping for quail

By Matt Winter

Published in The Post and Courier on Feb. 1, 2014

 

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Photograph by Matt Winter

Few ways remain to hunt quail in this part of the world. Fewer still involve much shooting.

You could wrangle an invitation to a high-end plantation whose owner spends a fortune every year trying to sustain coveys of wild quail. Good luck with that.

You could pay to hunt on a property where managers release pen-raised quail into fields and woods a few hours before you arrive to shoot them. Paying customers at such preserves often don’t need a dog – the pointers and their handler are usually part of the hunt package.

There’s another option, though, one well worth considering. You could head out into the beautiful piney woods of the Francis Marion National Forest on a free, do-it-yourself quail hunt.

Learn how here.

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