Monday, October 7, 2013

NJ State set to release quail ahead of hunting season

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The state is set to release a number of quail into two wildlife management areas within city limits beginning later this week, which could be a delight to small game hunters across the area.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife will release the quail in the Bevans Wildlife Management Area on Shaws Mill Road and the Menantico Ponds Wildlife Management Area on Ferry Road.

The stocking begins Friday and Saturday, and will continue each Saturday through October.
Altogether, the DEP will release a total of 880 quail in 11 wildlife management areas throughout the state. The quail and pheasant season officially begins Nov. 9.

The purpose of the stocking is for dog training. Hunters are permitted to train dogs at any wildlife management area from Sept. 1 until April 30.

“It’s something families like to do,” said Bob Considine, a DEP spokesman. “It’s part of the small hunting season. It’s an annual rite of passage.”

Sunday, October 6, 2013

WA Upland bird hunters should find abundant populations of quail 2013

Eric Barker Lewiston Tribune

Upland bird hunters should find abundant populations of quail and Hungarian partridge this fall, according to recent Idaho Fish and Game surveys, but pheasants will be scarce.

Quail and Huns are both up. Biologists counted 294 quail, a 103 percent improvement on 2012 and 43 percent above the 10-year average.

The surveyors counted 106 Huns, also known as gray partridge. That marks a 33 percent improvement on last year but about 5 percent below the 10-year average.

Biologists recorded a 67 percent reduction in large raptors compared to last year and a 40 percent decline in coyotes. Chukar surveys, which are done by aircraft, were discontinued a few years ago because of safety and budgetary concerns.