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Many women are just as enthusiastic as men when it comes to sports, hunting, fishing, and guns. If you yourself are a lady who loves to hunt and shoot, or if you know a special woman in your life who enjoys the outdoors, there is a gun company that caters to the specific needs of female shooters. They are called Syren. The Syren Waterfowler series is a semi-automatic shotgun which is gaining in popularity. For sporting clays, quail hunting, and many other applications, Syren makes a superior quality gun. The Waterfowler features a cycling system that operates faster than other guns. This weapon is also lighter than many of its competitors, and is a very nice fit for women. The 12-gauge Waterfowler features a 3-inch chamber for both standard 2 ¾ in. and 3 in. magnum shotshells. There are also a nice variety of other outstanding scatterguns available from Syren. The Waterfowler is available in both a left hand or right hand version. This fine weapon is suitable for quail hunting, sporting clays, and many other applications. 


Interested in some unique recipes for quail and pheasant? Click on the link below, which takes you to “The Field” online magazine. Not only will you find some creative ideas for serving pheasant and quail, but there is much more. Get some fresh ideas on food and drink, hunting, shooting, fishing, hunting dogs, and lots of other exciting topics. The original publication was read by the very talented author and outdoorsman, Charles Dickens.



Safety and suggestions for the hunt


What kind of shotgun should you use to hunt quail with? It’s entirely a matter of taste. 12 and 20 gauge are both quite popular. A gun with a 26” barrel or longer is preferred. You will not want to use any shot smaller than #6 shot for quail. No. 7 shot or higher won’t do the trick. What about the dog? If you hunt with a birddog, it has been scientifically proven that dogs with unique names hunt better (okay, that portion is not true nor scientific). Have a canine companion with you that is eager to retrieve game and has been trained for this purpose. If you are a serious hunter, it makes hunting more fun to have a trusty dog with you. Quail must be slain while in flight. Remember the importance of driving your prey. As with all things in life, you need to focus on safety first. Avoid shooting downward at quail or other prey. Accidents happen all the time, and you don’t want to chance injuring or even killing a hunting dog, a fellow hunter, or an innocent bystander. Always fire upward towards the sky. Remember, too, to watch your background. Although birdshot is not going to be lethal at enormous distances (like some rifle bullets are), you still want to be prudent and cautious. Develop and cultivate some good habits while hunting. It will make the whole process more enjoyable and safer for everyone.


Five pheasant hunting suggestions for beginning hunters


If you’ve never hunted birds before, pheasant hunting is a good introduction to the sport. Pheasant hunting doesn’t demand that you carry much equipment, and it is easy to learn. Seasoned hunters understand that it may take years of experience to grasp some of the finer aspects of hunting. Learning the essential things does not require a monumental effort. Perhaps you are already skilled at the discipline of pheasant hunting, and you just would like some decent tips. By all means, keep reading!


On the day of the hunt, sleep late if you like. Birds go hunting for food at various times during the day. A great time to seek pheasant is in the very late afternoon/evening, a little before sundown. These birds move out and away from heavy cover towards open roosting sites late in the day. Search around grassy areas next to cornfields, where evening ringnecks like to hang out.


Hunt in the edge areas. Pheasants move through diverse kinds of habitats during the daytime. They are often located in the edges of different landscapes. Don’t be shy about exploring fence areas and ditches. Investigate those transition areas between habitats to find these birds.


Keep quiet. You may speak during the hunt, but do so softly as to not alarm any nearby prey. Close vehicle doors gently. Pheasants have very good hearing, so they will head for cover or hunker down if alerted by any loud noises. Use hand signals when communicating with fellow hunters.


Set back the calendar. Don’t hesitate to hunt pheasant later in the season. Chilly weather is a deterrent for some, but you might be rewarded with a nice harvest if you’re willing to hunt in slight discomfort. Cattail marshes are prime real estate for cover late in hunting season. Pheasants enjoy being near these marshes.


Finally, take your time when on the hunt. Older birds are lucky to reach that age, sometimes this is because of impatient hunters. Hunters who move too swiftly can spook roosters. Walk through cover areas in a zigzag manner. If you’re willing to pause for a little bit, it can encourage pheasants to come out into the open. Stop moving for a minute and keep watching the skies!


Pheasant Kiev. A great game dish for the kids.






You are home with your prize and have roasted your quail to perfection. How about a sauce to spice up those roasted quail?
The cook book Joy of Cooking has your wild game needs covered when it comes to sauces. Veloute Sauce, or Sauce Blanche, is
a white cream sauce made from a roux and stock base. Its ingredients are easy to obtain and easy to use. You will need:

2 Tablespoons of butter
2 Tablespoons of flour
2 Cups of chicken stock
1/4 Cup of finely chopped mushrooms
Pinch of nutmeg

Melt in the top of a double boiler
2 Tablespoons of butter and stir in your
2 Tablespoons of flour

When blended add gradually your
2 Cups of chicken broth

When your sauce is well combined and thickened add your
1/4 Cup of mushrooms.

Place in double boiler and simmer over hot water for about one hour, stirring occasionally. Strain through a fine sieve
and add a pinch of nutmeg. Stir occasionally while cooling.

This is a wonderful sauce to serve with your BranHill quail!

Rombauer and Becker. Joy of Cooking. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1971. Print.



The excitement of the hunt brings you to BranHill Plantation but the fun can continue long after you leave. Not only are our quail and pheasant hunts a joyful experience of nature, they also hold the promise of culinary delights to come. Pheasant and quail are renowned around the world for their delicious flavor. They are truly versatile wild meats that can be enjoyed in simple home cooked meals or incorporated into gourmet presentations for guests.
     Stayed tuned to our blog here at BranHill for recipes ranging from familiar home cooking such as Buttermilk Fried Quail to more adventurous recipes such as Asian Style Roasted Quail. Continue to enjoy your hunt long after it is over!