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We are starting to get some sightings of California (valley) quail locally - I saw one yesterday. Has anyone ever heard of this species being used for training or is it mostly a bobwhite thing? They are well established in Western MT.

Probably escapees. I have hard time believing they could survive our winters, but.......

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I have no answer to your question.  I was working in Northeastern Utah a few weeks ago and my buddy out there said they've recently been seeing a lot of them, and they didn't have them 20 years ago.

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9 minutes ago, SelbyLowndes said:

Are they even available for training/put and take shooting?  I've never seen one in GA...SelbyLowndes

I've found websites that championed them as domestics for consumption. I have just never heard of trainers using them, but it seemed plausible. We don't have any put/take shooting around here. The nearest I know of is well over an hour away and they have pheasants and chukars I think.

 

I'm hoping for once that I'll have a new invasive to manage...sort of 😉

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I’ve never heard of California quail for training but I have heard of a valley in MT with a healthy CA quail population.

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How do you know they where California quail? Were they having a latte at a sidewalk cafe in Bozeman at 11am on a Sunday wearing a big brim hat, sunglasses, hiking boots and a bandana around their neck?  

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12 minutes ago, C.J.L. said:

How do you know they where California quail? Were they having a latte at a sidewalk cafe in Bozeman at 11am on a Sunday wearing a big brim hat, sunglasses, hiking boots and a bandana around their neck?  

Yes

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35 minutes ago, MTRookie76 said:

I’ve never heard of California quail for training but I have heard of a valley in MT with a healthy CA quail population.

Yep. Its making me wonder how they got across the Divide. Seems fairly daunting without some help.

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I've seen them north of here in areas that were pretty high in elevation, with a lot of snow in the winter. They seem to be doing okay.

 

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"Under Montana law, birds are protected unless they are designated as a game bird, which California valley quail are not. Until that designation is changed, there is no legal hunting season or captive rearing, allowing for their possession in Montana." So I guess they don't want you using them for dog training. 

 

Apparantly they're established in the Bitterroot Valley. The theory is a resident transplanted them. 

 

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1 hour ago, Randy S said:

"Under Montana law, birds are protected unless they are designated as a game bird, which California valley quail are not. Until that designation is changed, there is no legal hunting season or captive rearing, allowing for their possession in Montana." So I guess they don't want you using them for dog training. 

 

Apparantly they're established in the Bitterroot Valley. The theory is a resident transplanted them. 

 

The Bitterroot Valley is more like Idaho than it is like MT east of the Divide. The average temp here last Feb was .03 F . That just seems pretty cold for quail, but then again I don't know much at all about valley quail. I don't like invasive species, but I could think of worse invasive creatures than valley quail 😉.

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