What types of shotguns and ammunition do you recommend?
When it comes to recommended gauges, in our experience, we find 20 and 28 gauge shotguns are ideal for quail hunting. Knowing quail are relatively small birds and most shots are within 30 yards, we discourage the use of 12 gauge shotguns.
Regarding the type of shotgun that is best suited for quail hunting, we recommend double-guns: over/unders or side-by-side shotguns. Double-guns allow all members of the hunting party to easily recognize when the firearm may be ready to fire and also minimizes uncertainty related to number of rounds that may or may not be loaded. For indivuals who only own semi-automatics or pumps, we will provide use of lodge double-guns free of charge.
In terms of ammunition, it’s important to understand bobwhite quail are small in size and reside in a relatively warm climate, therefore, heavy loads are not necessary. We find 7 1/2 or 8 shot with 3/4 ounce of powder is well suited for the sport.