STASNEY'S COOK RANCH ALBANY, TEXAS
The wide open flats and low-lying, rocky ridges of Shackelford County in north-central Texas teem with game: deer, hogs, turkeys, doves--and on a good day, hunters at Stasney's Cook Ranch might see 18 to 20 coveys of wild bobwhites. Parties are limited to three hunters, who walk after the dogs or ride on customized Kawasaki Mules. The dogs, English or German shorthaired pointers, are top-notch and barbwire tough; everything in this part of Texas bites, cuts, or stings. Manager Johnnie Hudman says that this year's hatch promises another good quail crop. The season opens in November and runs into February, and Hudman says often the best hunting comes later, when birds move out into the flats to feed on ragweed seeds.