Earlier in the week, Hurricane Ike was projected to make a direct hit on Corpus Christi. Fortunately for everyone in South Texas, the path of the storm moved to the north as Ike got closer to land. Very early this morning, Ike came ashore at Galveston and is moving through Houston at the present time.
South Texas was lucky to be spared the high wind and rain that has been seen to the north of us. At the present time, we are in a critical part of our quail hatching cycle. There are many very young birds and nests on the ground. Neither of these would have done well under hurricane weather conditions.
Having gotten through this storm, I can say with confidence that we are going to have a very good quail season in South Texas. I have reports of at least three different sizes of adult or near adult birds. We are also seeing little birds that can't even fly. These are the result of the breeding activity after the rain that came with Hurricane Dolly in early July. Better make plans to come down.