D7 Mountain Quail

jackrabbit

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I was up in D7 on the Beasore road again yesterday.  Still tons of MQ from 5-7,000 feet. But the young 'uns were plentiful and still very immature -- about the zize of a parakeet, smaller than a good sized Robin, and very poor flyers.  Only one month to go until the MQ opener (9/14).  Does anyone know how fast these little guys will grow in one month?  They don't even look edible right now.  Hate to shoot the adults if the youngsters are still dependent on them.  Rifle deer season will open in D7 on 9/21, so a lot of hunters will have shotguns along for the quail, and I suppose all the foot/vehicle traffic will get the youngsters to hunker down and hide, but the adults will take quite a beating.
 

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I hope they grow fast, I noticed the same thing, they're also very tame. I remember the ones we got last opener were somewhat imature, their topnotch wasn't fully grown. Even the full grown ones aren't very graceful flyers though, probably because they run all the time instead of flying.
 

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