Points in the Panhandlephotography by Russell graves
Just a few years ago in some
areas of the Lone Star State,
bobwhite quail numbers
were so depressed that many observers thought they would never
rebound. A sustained drought had
persevered all the way through 2014.
The following spring, however,
ample rains returned to the Texas
Panhandle and Rolling Plains.
Bobwhite quail numbers exploded, and quail hunters—at least in
this region of the country—have
been reaping the reward.
On this day at a private
ranch in the Panhandle’s
Canadian River breaks,
hunters pushed an unbelievable 50
coveys in a single day. And that’s
unguided! With pointers leading
the way, the lucky group got a taste
of what bobwhite hunting used to
offer in so many places across the
South: hard flushes, fast flights,
and lots of them. But 50 coveys in
a single day? Fifty? Well, that’s one
way to know whether the drought
In 2016, rebounding bobwhite quail numbers in the Texas Panhandle offered plenty of photographic opportunities for Russell Graves, who was hunting private land during January for all wild birds.