Nice pictures! Looking at them reminds me of giving my partner on Saturday crap, seven of my eight birds were males and the other a hen. I told him I only shot males and the lone hen was a mistake, he killed five hens and one male and I told him that was bad conservation. This was his first time Valley quail hunting so he kind of gave me a "are you serious" look.
Glad to see someone shot some quail on opener. I went out Saturday to a place called Freemont Weir (A DFG Type C Wildlife area between Woodland and Knights Landing). My dog and I spent three hours walking around to come up with zero birds. Never saw or heard any birds. One other guy was out there hunting and I heard him get off three shots and that was it.
I am heading out tomorrow (Monday) to try again. Maybe I will have some better luck.
I've really grown to like that 28 ga. I use it for just about everything except ducks and turkey.
I'm going to ID in about three weeks for pheasant, chukar, huns and grouse and I can't decide if I want to shoot that 28 ga or shoot a 20 ga 1100 Special Field (short barrel, English straight stock). I've never felt undergunned with the 28 before but a once a year trip to ID would be a bummer if the birds all started flushing at 40 yards. Then again, if that's the case, I can always borrow a 12 ga from the guys that I'm visiting.