Toting a double-barreled shotgun and accompanied by bird dogs, President-elect Bush successfully stalked quail on his second day in the scrubland, his aides said.

Bush was out of the public's sight on the Lazy F Ranch, but the White House released a picture of him Tuesday in his hunting garb.He was dressed in a teal shirt, red sweater, cap and camouflage coveralls. He carried his shotgun.

Bush's cap bore the insignia of B or M Kennels, which provided the dogs to flush out the quail, aides said.

Steve Hart, Bush's spokesman, said the vice president was successful, but he did not know how many birds Bush had killed.

"He didn't strike out," Hart said.

Conditions have been less than perfect for quail hunting this year, local residents say, in part because of the drought, which killed some birds. Tuesday's temperatures in the 70s were above the ideal level for quail hunting, and gusty winds were an impediment.

Bush is scheduled to remain on the Lazy F Wednesday with his friends, Will Farish, the Houston millionaire who owns the ranch, and James A. Baker III, the designated secretary of state.

Bush is to leave Thursday morning, flying first to Alabama for a few hours of fishing before he returns to the nation's capital.