JJMR794

Crowing
10 Years
Mar 2, 2009
7,584
152
293
BROOKSVILLE FL
OK SO I'M OUT DOIN' THE FARM THING TODAY... MOWING AND WORKING ON THE 1000'S OF LIL PROJECTS/ IMPROVEMENTS/ MAINTENANCE ISSUES THAT SEEM NEVER-ENDING. NOTICED THE BUTLERS WERE A TAD MORE FIRED UP IN THE HEAT OF DAY THAN THEY USUALLY ARE, BUT REALLY DIDNT PAY MUCH ATTENTION TO IT... JUST KEPT ON DOIN' MY THING... ABOUT 10 MINUTES LATER I JUST NOTICED SOMETHING MOVING ON THE EDGE OF MY PERIPHEARL VISION WHILE WORKING... 3 SECOND DELAY FOR IT TO FILTER THROUGH ALL THE NUERONS AND INTERCHANGES AND REACH THE MAIN COMPUTER, GET RECOGNIZED AND SET OFF THE ALARM--- THATS A BOB WHITE LOOSE ON THE GROUND OVER BY THE FENCE! AW CRAP! HOW'D HE GET OUT!?

SO WE GO INTO FULL BLOWN LIVESTOCK RETENTION EMERGENCY PLAN... GRAB THE NET AND CALL THE LABS! SHORT STORY LONG HE GETS SNATCHED IN THE NET... WHEW, GOT EM.... CAN REMEBER THINKING HE'S A LIL PUNY... MUST BE FROM THE BACHELOR/ GROW OUT MEAT PEN... NOW ALL MY BOBS ARE FIRED UP AND GETTING MORE SO BY THE MINUTE...

WALK OVER TO THE PENS AND TO MY DISMAY... NO ONES MISSING! ALL PRESENT AND ACCOUNTED FOR
"MAN, I DONT HAVE ANYONE THIS SMALL IN THE BREEDING PROGRAM. WTH???"--

WALK OVER TO OTHER PENS--- SURE ENOUGH ALL PRESENT AND ACCOUNTED FOR? WHAT GIVES? OK OVER TO THE LAST SET OF PENS....

AGAIN ALL PRESENT AND ACCOUNTED FOR... NOW I'M STUMPED
I THINK THE HEAT IS PLAYING MORE TRICKS ON ME THAN JUST MAKING MY MIND SLOW AND LAZY...

THEN AS I STAND THERE BEWILDERED LOOKING AT THE UNFORTUNATE FELLOW ME AND THE DOGS MANAGED TO WRANGLE IN THE NET ALL SCRUNCHED UP AND TICKED OFF I HEAR IT... "AH BOB WHIIITE!" AND IT SLOWLY TRICKLES THROUGH ALL THE NUERONS AND INTERCHANGES ONCE MORE... COMPUTER SAYS- "HEY WAIT A MINUTE! I'M STANDING IN FRONT OF THE BOB PENS LOOKING AT THEM AND THE ESCAPEE... IF THATS THE CASE WHO IN THE HECK IS CALLING BEHIND ME?!" TURN AND LOOK AND THERE GOES ANOTHER SCURRYING DOWN THE FENCE LINE... NOW I HAVE JUST CHECKED ALL THE PENS AND THEY ARE SECURE, SO IT SLOWLY STARTS TO DAWN ON ME...DOH! THESE ARENT MY QUAIL!
--- WHOOPS
BY THE TIME I TURN THE UNFORTUNATE LAD LOOSE MY BRAIN HAS COME FULLY AWAKE AND IS NOW NOTICING I AM SURROUNDED BY CALLING BOB WHITE QUAIL... MOST OF WHICH ARENT MINE, THEY'RE WILD QUAIL. APPARENTLY DRAWN IN CLOSE BY EITHER BREEDING SEASON OR THE FRESHLY MOWED LAND OFFERING EASY PICKINGS ON A NUMBER OF NEWLY EXPOSED BUGS THAT NO LONGER HAVE ANY LONG GRASS TO HIDE IN. AS I SET HIM LOOSE I TOOK A MOMENT TO EXAMINE THE LAD... HEALTHY LIL GUY, NOT VERY OLD BUT OLD ENOUGH TO BE AT OR NEAR FULL SIZED FOR A WILD MALE BOB.. AS I GENTLY LET HIM OUT OF THE NET I MUTTERED BEAT IT KID, THESE BIG OLD FAT BUTLERS AROUND HERE WILL WHOOP YOUR LIL BUTT TO DEATH... THIS PLACE IS DANGEROUS FOR YOU.

I AM FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO STILL HAVE A DECENT WILD BOB POPULATION HERE, ENJOY HEARING THEM THROUGH OUT THE YEAR AND EVEN SEEING 1 ONCE IN A WHILE... TODAYS GOOD FORTUNE WAS EXCEPTIONAL... IN ALL, OVER THE PERIOD OF 4 1/2 HRS WE WATCHED OVER 30 BIRDS OF ALL AGES INCLUDING SINGLE MALES , COUPLES, AND EVEN A FAMILY GROUP MILL AROUND ABOUT THE EDGES OF THE FARM ENJOYING THE HOT WEATHER AND A FRESH BUFFET OF EASY BUGS AND SEEDS A TRUELY NEAT EXPERIENCE FOR US (WELL ALL BUT THE LABS, THEY JUST CANT UNDERSTAND WHY THEY WERE'NT ALLOWED TO GET THE NEW "ESCAPEES"
 

JJMR794

Crowing
10 Years
Mar 2, 2009
7,584
152
293
BROOKSVILLE FL
That'd Be My Luck... Popped By Fish And Game For Quail Hunting Out Of Season With No Stamp Using A Net--- They'd Put Me Under The Jail!
 

Fat Daddy

Crowing
9 Years
Dec 11, 2010
2,208
528
296
Ks
Catching a wild Bob with a net is not a easy task man. Kudos to you and your labs.... A friend sent me pix of Labs that may be "UP" for the task..... Bill


 

Stellar

The Quail Lady
9 Years
Feb 6, 2010
4,205
87
281
Tampa Bay, FL
One of my bobs escaped...4 weeks and still running through the fields...I put a trap out and what does he do? stands on top of it and makes his call.... sigh.....
 

JJMR794

Crowing
10 Years
Mar 2, 2009
7,584
152
293
BROOKSVILLE FL
DIVIDE THE TRAP INTO 2 COMPARTMENTS AND PLACE THE CUTEST MOST DEMUIR LIL HEN YOU HAVE IN THE BACK COMPARTMENT...
 

JJMR794

Crowing
10 Years
Mar 2, 2009
7,584
152
293
BROOKSVILLE FL
Quote:A GOOD LAB OR OTHER WELL-ACCOMPLISHED UPLAND GAMEBIRD DOG IS AN INVALUABLE TOOL FOR ESCAPEES... 2 THAT WORK IN CONJUCTION WITH EACH OTHER IS DARN NEAR UNBEATABLE
 

MobyQuail

c. giganticus
9 Years
Sep 10, 2010
2,114
47
171
Quailtropolis
Quote:A GOOD LAB OR OTHER WELL-ACCOMPLISHED UPLAND GAMEBIRD DOG IS AN INVALUABLE TOOL FOR ESCAPEES... 2 THAT WORK IN CONJUCTION WITH EACH OTHER IS DARN NEAR UNBEATABLE


agreed, new hunting season- hunters allowed as many birds as they can take with a net no longer than 3 feet...
 

kahlertm

Songster
9 Years
Jun 28, 2010
248
16
111
Durango, Colorado
What a great story and day for you JJ. That is something very unique and something to pass on to the grandkids someday. Your children have such full lives...and you make them quite aware of the finer points.

I am even going to make it into a story for my little man for bed time tomorrow night. What a great day and a great experience.

Makes it all worth while doesn't it? A safari on your own farm. Now that's what I'm talkin about. Cool. They came, they stayed and ate and mingled.
Some people don't know that experience. Thrilling. Thank you for sharing. I lived vicariously through you.
Tonya
 

JJMR794

Crowing
10 Years
Mar 2, 2009
7,584
152
293
BROOKSVILLE FL
TONYA GRAB THE LIL MAN AND COME ON OVER.... CAUSE THEY'RE BACK AGAIN TODAY


CAN HEAR THEM BOBBING ON THE PERIMETER FENCE AND IF YOU SIT QUIETLY AND JUST WATCH IT WONT BE LONG TIL YOU START TO SEE THEM MILLING ABOUT THE EDGES OF THE BACK AND WOODED SIDE OF THE FARM
 

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