This time of year is a sprint, as we scramble to accomplish as much habitat enhancement as possible between the end of deer season and the beginning of turkey season. We’re collecting harvest data and antler sheds, running prescribed burns, planting trees, building and installing wood duck boxes and bluebird houses, and planning for the rest of the year. Often, the late winter quail season is overlooked, but it is a deep tradition in the south, especially in the deep piney woods of Alabama. Last February we had the privilege of gathering with some friends and family for a hunt at Cameron’s Quail Preserve. It was a weekend of rekindling friendships and sparking new ones, retelling old stories and creating fresh memories. Walking over the west Alabama prairie watching bird dogs work and testing our wingshooting felt like a step back in time, a walk with tradition, and with all the souls that roamed those fields long before us.