Two words you don't not expect to hear from your partner during a quail-hunting trip: "Sweet catch!" But then it's not often--and it might be unprecedented--that a hunter reaches into midair and clutches a fast-flying quail with his bare hand. And if you're wondering whether the accompanying footage is real, consider that it was uploaded by the Austin Stone Community Church in Texas.
Also, the hunting partner making the "Sweet catch!" remark is San Francisco 49er quarterback Colt McCoy.
The man fielding the incoming quail, casually, with his shotgun in his other hand, is Senior Pastor Matt Carter.
"It is totally real," Travis Wussow, executive director of teaching ministries at the church, told GrindTv Outdoor. "While filming [the church uses creative storytelling, including films, to spread the gospel], inexplicably this bird takes off and stupidly flies right at Matt, and he grabbed it. It’s unbelievable…
"I was there and watched it happen. It’s totally unbelievable."
There was a film crew on site and it captured hunting's version of the "Immaculate Reception" from three angles.
What's not clear is what Carter did with the quail or, if he kept it, whether barehanded capture is a legal method of take.
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