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#491013 - 11/12/07 09:32 PM Bob...Bobwhite
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Just wondering if anyone ventured out after quail this weekend. As for myself, I did not. Also looking to see if anyone as any suggestions on where to go WMA's, private land or anywhere. I have a beautiful german shorthair with a hell of a nose but nowhere to go. Any help would be much appreciated
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#491054 - 11/12/07 09:46 PM Re: Bob...Bobwhite [Re: birddoginQ]
holstonangler
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What part of TN are you wanting to hunt?
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#491068 - 11/12/07 09:49 PM Re: Bob...Bobwhite [Re: holstonangler]
birddoginQ
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i live in knoxville an travel to middle TN to deer hunt. Im willing to hunt anywhere that I can watch my dog run. Im also interested in seeing if she's got a nose for grouse. Never tried it and would have no idea how to go about it.
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#491425 - 11/13/07 08:16 AM Re: Bob...Bobwhite [Re: birddoginQ]
TN24081
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I hear that there is some good places to hunt quail on the Natchez Trace WMA in Lawrence County. Thats in southern middle.
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#491735 - 11/13/07 12:27 PM Re: Bob...Bobwhite [Re: TN24081]
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For grouse, look at the Cherokee, Sundquist, and Royal Blue WMA's and Ataya public hunting area.
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#492062 - 11/13/07 04:33 PM Re: Bob...Bobwhite [Re: InfoMan]
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i have heard there were alot of grouse at the ataya hunting area where can you get a map of the area???
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#492526 - 11/13/07 09:10 PM Re: Bob...Bobwhite [Re: birddoginQ]
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I have been up there once, it was rough country. Not to many fields that I saw. But then again I have only been up once. Let me know if you want some company I am thinking about getting a 20 Gauge here in a couple days.
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#495240 - 11/15/07 06:30 PM Re: Bob...Bobwhite [Re: birddoginQ]
tndrbstr
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Welcome to TNDeer!,..The quail are hard to come by if your lookin for wild covey,s. Farmin practces and 31 fescue have just about done in the wild birds. There supposed to be some pretty good buy and shoot places around but I have never tried em.
There are some decent places to hunt grouse at royal blue, sundquist, and Tellico unit of the South Cherokee just to name a few. There pretty rough but very accessable to some good habitat.
A German Shorthair is good dog for the type of cover around here. That may be the next breed I try, I have always had Brittany,s. The birds tend to fly pretty quick, especialy after being hunted a little bit. A close working breed is a must.

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#495254 - 11/15/07 06:39 PM Re: Bob...Bobwhite [Re: tndrbstr]
birddoginQ
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my short hair , belle, is a great close working dog. we had some luck last year around catoosa i was wondering if any of the other wma had many birds. I understand that they are hard to come by I just like to watch her run. I dont even carry a gun quite a bit of the time. So if grouse are as prevelant as they sound I guess it would be a good chance to watch her work. I still love the bobs though we have a small place that we by and release birds in august so by November they are pretty wild. Pretty good success to about 60-70 percent of the birds make it to hunting season, much less make it through season but we do have some that make it from season to season.
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#495289 - 11/15/07 06:57 PM Re: Bob...Bobwhite [Re: birddoginQ]
tndrbstr
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Ya, the grouse are every where! Till you go to shoot em! haha Old coal company land is about the best to hunt I think. Thats what a lot of royal blue and sundquist is made up of. The shelfs where the coal was extracted is good habitat and it lies level all the way around the mountains. They do get more pressure but there is not a lot of hard climbing. There are some good draiages with lots of grapes,laurel and honey suckle in places too. Its alot of fun.....Dang, I miss my dog... \:\(
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