Good numbers of Mountain Quail and Valley Quail inhabit the regions of Southern Oregon. Mountain quail and valley quail hunting is the primary target for our upland hunting guests. Hunting for pure, non-supplemented wild birds is a real privilege! We also hunt ruffed grouse, and blue grouse. Guests can hunt over our Pointers or bring your own favorite dog.
We do very well with our upland hunting program. Wild game bird hunting is a very fun pursuit but it can be a shock to folks that have been hunting supplemented birds. Wild bird hunting is… different. The birds are unpredictable and we sometimes cover a lot of ground on foot. Hunting can be tough but at the end of the day, bird in hand or not, we want you to have fun! What that means for you is prepare yourself. Condition yourself with walking and hiking ahead of time. Remember we are at 4200 feet or more which will also be a struggle if you’re coming from the low lands. Oh and if you’re bringing your dog condition them too! We see a lot of sore paws at the end of the day!
Mountain Quail may be the toughest of all quail species to hunt. With their unwillingness to fly and desire to run combined with steep and often bushy terrain makes for a fun challenge when chasing these birds! Here at ROE we have been hunting Mountain Quail for 30 years and have learned at least a few things that work in our favor against this tough opponent! We are able to train our dogs on how to pin down these birds in reasonable terrain in order to offer our guests a shot. Many miles can be covered throughout the day but nearly all of our collectors have managed to finish their quail slam while here in Oregon.
We recommend four+ day hunts for mountain quail hunting success.
Valley quail are hunted in the low lying foothills in and around the Klamath Basin. These birds can hold tight in sage brush, flush wildly 20 feet above your head from a Juniper tree or explode like a thunderous covey under the nose of a pointing dog. These birds are fast. Fast, and a worthy species to be hunted.
Covey size can range from 8 to 50 birds. Valley quail, also known as California Quail, are not big runners. Typically after the initial covey rise there will be a lot of dog work for singles and pairs. Valley quail typically will hold very tight after the covey is split up.
Many of our guests will come and hunt both mountain and valley quail during the same 4-5 day hunt. Alternating day works well to mix it up. In general we have two hunters with one guide on quail hunts. We can provide the pointer or you are welcome to bring your own dogs.