diversity of habitats and unique vegetation types on the HFF
lease in South Texas creates an environment that accommodates a
variety of upland game bird species. The ranch is home to
Bobwhite Quail, Rio Grande Turkeys, Mourning Doves, occasional
White-winged Doves, and Chachalacas.
Some consider bobwhite quail as the
crown jewel of south Texas upland game birds. Found throughout
the region, these denizens of the brush have adapted well to a
harsh environment that is frequent with droughts, predators, and
in some case less desirable habitat accommodations.
Working dogs or jump shooting, quail are
a real challenge.
The mourning dove is the most important
game bird in the United States and Texas in terms of numbers of
birds harvested and man-days of recreation provided. Each year
approximately 250,000 Texas dove hunters harvest 5,000,000
The most social of all hunting. Dove
hunts are a great way to introduce a child to the shooting
sports. Set up a chair along the edge of a cut field and let the
RIO GRANDE TURKEY
Rio Grande Turkey populations are
somewhat localized to areas of the ranch with good roosting
habitats and reliable water sources.
We only hunt Gobblers during the Spring
mating season. Calling from a ground blind proves most