Five Quotes About Quail Hunting

By Michael Maynor

“You will rarely find a dedicated quail shot who is not a pretty nice guy. He has to be a nice guy, because he is performing for the benefit of his dogs, himself, and his companions, and all are experts in the detection of fraudulent behavior in the field.”

-Robert Ruark

“Life is just too short to go quail hunting with the wrong people.” 

-President Jimmy Carter

“I came on the old and best ways of writing through ignorance and experiment and was startled when truths leaped out of brushes like quail before the gunshot. “

-Ray Bradbury

“My mother … was perfectly horrified when I began shooting and tried to keep me in school, but I would run away and go quail shooting in the woods.”

-Annie Oakley

“I felt strange and somewhat rude as I walked in behind the point and honor – I was a man walking into what was so much like a famous painting that I almost had to laugh. But, if you’re lucky, that’s what a lot of quail hunting is – a series of lovely paintings that we walk into and out of all day long.”

-Gene Hill

Cover photo details: Overhills, Harnett County, NC, Manchester vicinity, 1920s. From the General Negative Collection, State Archives of North Carolina.

is a native North Carolinian with a passion for the sporting lifestyle and all things Southern. He can't stop buying books and loves collecting old duck decoys. He seems ok, but deep down inside, he wants to be back in Africa on Safari. John 3:16