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Possibly they were released birds? A few years back a local preserve had released them here. Neat to see them but they didn't survive.
 

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dakrat being from southern California I have hunted and seen a lot of quail and I am sure they were quail as was my wife who has been known to act as my bird dog.
Dick I was wondering the same thing that they may be released birds but don't know from where or why in that area.
 

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Back in the '50s I knew a guy west of Bismarck that used quail to train EPs. They would return to the cage and he could use the same birds over. Sometimes preserves stock them too as a novelity for the clients.
 

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I know that some guys do use them for training in different parts of North Dakota. Not sure where Round Lake is in North Dakota, as I think there are a couple with that name...

However I did shoot a quail in North Dakota in 2003 while walking a treestrip for pheasants in Southern North Dakota. As soon as it busted out of the strip, I knew it was a qual. It came out low, hard and fast at an angle, and left no doubt it was nothing but a quail. It was neat to see... glad I had a chance at him, as it was a very tough shot that was surprising as it was unexpected. I have a picture of him somewhere.. it might be in my photo album here.. can't remember.

Is there any reason that G&F didn't start trying to re-introduce them into North Dakota? Aren't they hardy enough to survive the winters?

Curious?
 
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