Sunday, November 30, 2014

Oklahoma quail hunting has been excellent - 2014

While the early season quail hunting has been excellent, hunters can expect the pheasant hunting to be about the same as last year, which is not very good.

Oklahoma’s two-month pheasant season opens Monday, but the ringneck population hasn’t rebounded as well as the bobwhite quail.
While the early season quail hunting has been excellent, hunters can expect the pheasant hunting to be about the same as last year, which is not very good.

The quail hunters in northwest Oklahoma have been flushing a few roosters but it’s been spotty, said Scott Cox, upland game bird biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildife Conservation.
“I am pretty sure there are going to be a few more birds than last year,” said Scott Cox, upland game bird biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “It (the population) can’t do nothing but go up since we bottomed out because of the drought.

Friday, November 28, 2014

TX Quail population bouncing back this season


For those brave souls tough enough to bust through cactus and scamper up rock-strewn inclines that would wear out a goat, scaled quail are providing high-quality hunting here this year.

“It’s the best hunting we’ve seen in years,” said Mac Stringfellow, who was serving as host to members of the Sportsman Club of San Antonio hunting on his 13,500-acre West Texas ranch.
“We had some good rain just at the right time and the birds have really rebounded.”

What he failed to mention was that even with hunters busting 10-12 coveys each morning and afternoon, a lot of cactus-dodging and rock-hopping was required to get a decent shot at the fleet-footed birds commonly called “blues.”

Friday, August 8, 2014

TX AgriLife Extension to Offer Two Hill Country 'Facing the Quail Decline' Workshops

Steve Byrns, edited by Mike Innis

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will co-conduct two “Facing the Quail Decline” workshops in Kerr and Mason counties in September.

The programs will have similar formats, but speakers and topics will vary to fit the respective area. Both begin with registration from 7:30-8 a.m. followed immediately by the programs. The workshops should conclude by 3:30 p.m.

The Sept. 5 program is scheduled on the Kerr Wildlife Management Area near Hunt. The Sept. 12 program is set for the Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area near Mason.

Directions to the Kerr Wildlife Management Area can be found at and to the Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area at

“Thankfully, a large part of the state has been blessed with at least some rain, and reports of quail sightings are trickling in even from areas that have not heard a quail call in years,” said Dr. Jim Cathey, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist and associate department head for the wildlife and fisheries department at Texas A&M University, College Station. “Unfortunately, the big picture concerning wild quail numbers remains critically low, despite the reports.”

Topics common to both programs will include quail ecology and statewide perspective, Texas quail decline and a Texas Quail Index update. The Kerr County meeting will also address Montezuma quail research, while the Mason County program will discuss habitat management at a quail’s scale. Afternoon sessions will feature a demonstration on Quail Index monitoring techniques and habitat management conducted on each of the wildlife management areas.
As participant numbers must be limited to 100 at the Kerr Wildlife Management Area and 75 at the Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area, early registration is recommended.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Georgia Quail Plantation Sells For a Reduced Price at Close to $28 Million

Longpine, a nearly 6,000-acre quail plantation near Thomasville, Ga., has sold after about five years on the market.

Longpine, a nearly 6,000-acre quail plantation near Thomasville, Ga., has sold after about five years on the market. According to public records, the sale price was $27.858 million.

Initially listed for over $40 million, the property was most recently priced at $34 million, according to listing agent Jon Kohler of Jon Kohler & Associates, who listed the property with his wife, Erica Kohler, and Erica Hanway of Plantation Marketing Group.

The white-brick main house on the property is 7,286 square feet with six bedrooms, six full bathrooms and three half baths. A manager's house, built about a century ago, is roughly 3,200 square feet; there are also other houses for staff.

Sold along with the property were horses, mules and bird dogs bred on the plantation. The property has a 20-stall horse barn and dog kennel.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Southern California Seminar Series Helps Bird Hunters Find Public Land Places To Hunt Quail, Dove And Chukar

Do you have enough good places to hunt doves, quail, and chukar on public lands in Southern California? Do you know where the guzzlers are located in our local deserts and mountains? Are you positive you are hunting on legal hunting ground when you go out? Do you believe there are more good places to hunt gamebirds than there are upland hunters left in the region? 

If you answered “no” to any or all of these questions, Jim Matthews, a long-time WON writer and editor of the highly-acclaimed Western Birds newsletter, is doing a series of 20 seminars from Ventura to San Diego in August and September to help beginning, intermediate, and even veteran hunters find more places to hunt game birds and help them be more successful in the field.

The first seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Fountain Valley Turner’s Outdoorsman store, and that will be followed with another 10 a.m. to noon session on Sunday, August 10, at the Oxnard Turner’s Outdoorsman. The seminars continue thought October 4. There is a complete list of times, dates, and locations on Matthews’ website,

Cost for each seminar is $50 per family (all members in the same household), and it includes a trial two-issue subscription to Matthews’ Western Birds hunting newsletter, which he calls the “most detailed scouting report published in the world.”

For more information about the seminars or the Western Birds newsletter, call Matthews at (909) 887-3444 or go to his website at

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Five ways to create bobwhite quail habitat: funding available to Virginia forest landowners

Bobwhite quail populations have plummeted in recent years due to loss of appropriate habitat, which includes fallow lands, field and forest edges, and brushy, weedy areas. Forest landowners who want to create good habitat for bobwhite quail, which prefer sunny and open areas, have a new source of funds to support their goals.

Funding is available to forest landowners in 15 Virginia counties to implement beneficial forestry practices that promote healthy and productive forests and also create good habitat for quail. The five eligible practices include: vegetation management; commercial thinning in small acreage stands; planting of shortleaf or longleaf pine; non-commercial thinning, and prescribed burning in forest stands. Landowners can receive up to $10,000 in cost-share funding.

This program is designed for private, non-industrial forest landowners in the counties of Augusta, Bland, Culpeper, Essex, Greene, Greensville, Halifax, King and Queen, King William, Madison, Orange, Rappahannock, Southampton, Sussex and Wythe.

Funding is provided by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) and the program is administered by the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF).

Program registration is underway now.   To sign up, or to learn more about this program, contact your local VDOF office or visit the Agency’s website at

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Rainfall, mild weather create optimism for quail Oklahoma populations

Timely rainfall and milder temperatures this spring have sparked excitement and anticipation not seen in years about the prospects for a rebound of bobwhite quail in Oklahoma.

"We're seeing better conditions now than we've seen in the past two and a half years," said Scott Cox, upland game biologist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

"There are a lot of birds being heard that haven't been heard in the past two or three years. We're optimistic that we're looking at a good nesting season," he said.

Department personnel have been hearing from landowners across the state indicating they have been hearing the quails' characteristic "bob-white" whistle more frequently this spring than in past years. That is an indication that more birds are on the ground and are looking to nest this year.

In the past 60 days, most areas of Oklahoma have received more than 6 inches of rain, according to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. The state's southeast region has recorded close to 12 inches of rainfall since mid-April, and the parched western regions have seen between 5 and 8 inches of rain in many areas.

"Last year, the birds weren't nesting until we got some timely rain and milder temperatures. This year, birds are on the nests right now," Cox said.

Last year in mid-June, researchers who were tracking birds in northwestern Oklahoma had not recorded any birds nesting at that point. This year, people in western Oklahoma reported seeing quail chicks in mid-May.

This spring's rainfall has created good growing conditions for ground-cover plants, which quail use as nesting habitat. "Due to lower cattle numbers, nesting habitat ought to be really good this year," he said. "Up to now, we're about as good as it gets as far as nesting and forbs production in most parts of the state. The Panhandle is still behind in isolated areas, but it's looking better than in the past few years.

Friday, June 20, 2014

West Tennessee Quail Culture

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Hiring - Northern bobwhite and scaled quail Field Tech - OK

Oklahoma State University
Beaver, OK
United States
Last Date to Apply:
15 Aug 2014
Oklahoma State University
Beaver, OK
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$1,600/month (housing provided)
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
One field technician needed to conduct research on northern bobwhite and scaled quail in the panhandle of Oklahoma. The research will be conducted at Beaver River Wildlife Management Area from February 17 2014 - August 15 2014 (start is date flexible). Successful applicants will assist in capturing, radio tracking, nest searching, and surveying of both species. Other duties will include conducting vegetation sampling, general equipment maintenance, and data entry.
Technician must be willing to conduct physically demanding field work for long hours (6 or more days/per week) in extreme weather conditions, ranging from very cold to very hot. A strong work ethic, professionalism while in the field, and the ability to work alone or in a team are necessary. Housing will be provided on the WMA.

Applicants should have previous field experience and a strong interest in avian research, especially game birds. Preference will be given to candidates with previous capture, banding, and radio tracking experience. Prior experience using GPS units, vegetation/habitat sampling, and operating ATV’s is also desired. A valid driver’s license is required. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Evan Tanner at
Contact Person
Evan Tanner
Contact eMail

Thursday, June 12, 2014


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Monday, June 9, 2014

Bobwhite quail habitat tour set in Nebraska

Landowners and other interested parties are invited to attend a tour in southeast Nebraska highlighting habitat needs and management techniques for bobwhite quail and pollinators.

The event starts at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Alexandria Community Center on the east side of Nebraska Highway 53 in Alexandria.

This event includes information about the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, quail habitat needs and management techniques to increase quail numbers. A tour of public and private land sites to show different habitat types and management techniques to improve quail habitat will follow a free lunch.

Bobwhite Quail habitat needs workshop & habitat management.

June 11, 2014 11:00 am - 2:30 pm CST

Alexandria Community Center 506-510 Nebraska 53 - Alexandria, NE

For more tour details & to register, please visit: or call Pam at 308-850-8395

The registration deadline for the tour is Tuesday.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Quail appreciation day upcoming - Victoria County TX

By Peter J. McGuil

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Victoria County is hosting a Quail Appreciation Day program set for May 20 beginning at the McFaddin Mercantile in McFaddin.

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. followed by the program at 9 a.m. Adjournment is set for 4:30 p.m. McFaddin is on Farm-to-Market Road 445 off of U.S. Highway 77 south.

The region in and around Victoria County has historically been prime quail habitat, and for generations, we've enjoyed the rich culture surrounding the hunting of wild quail. Unfortunately, we haven't enjoyed those glory days in quite a while.

The goal of this program is to offer some thought and show some possibilities being demonstrated at various sites in an effort to once again re-establish viable wild quail populations across the area.

Individual preregistration is $10 by May 12 and $20 thereafter. The fee includes lunch and refreshments. To preregister, call the AgriLife Extension office in Victoria County at 361-575-4581.

The program's keynote speaker will be Dr. Dale Rollins. Rollins is the state coordinator for the Reversing the Decline of Quail in Texas initiative, director of the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch at Roby and a retired AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist at San Angelo.

Modern-day Quail Hunting In Alabama

By David Rainer, Staff Writer

Hunting pen-raised birds is now the norm in Alabama, and there is a range of opportunities to do so, from high-end to basic.

Most Baby Boomers who love the out- doors will remember the heyday of hunt- ing bobwhite quail in Alabama, when a group of hunters with quality bird dogs might flush a dozen or more coveys in one day.

Unfortunately, that type of wild bird hunting started to fade in the mid-1980s and the slide continued at a rapid pace. Those used to hearing the male’s distinctive mating whistle in the spring and summer, long to hear that bobwhite again.

Efforts have been underway on nu- merous fronts to try to revitalize the wild population, but progress has been pain- fully slow.

For now, bird hunters must rely on pen-raised birds for any consistent action. In Alabama that means a wide variety of choices from a bare-bones hunt with birds, dogs and a guide furnished on a relatively small tract of land, to a five- star experience in a horse-drawn wagon, world-class bird dogs and a full-time chef waiting back at the elegant lodge.


Rex Clark, 55, and wife, Jacque, run High Log Creek Farm and Hunting Pre- serve near Hatchechubee, Ala. It’s the Clarks’ intention to serve up old-fash- ioned quail hunting with horse-drawn wagons and a kennel full of champion bird dogs. When the hunting is finished, the Southern hospitality spills into a luxurious lodge with a gourmet chef.

“We’ve been doing this for 12 years,” said Rex, who is also a cattle rancher. “I’ve quail-hunted all my life. And quail hunting in Alabama has almost become a thing of the past. There are very few wild birds left.

“I still run a plantation, too, where they’re hunting wild birds. There are several places around still hunting wild birds, but not many.”

Like most outdoorsmen of his era, Rex remembers well when Alabama had an abundance of wild bobwhites, especially in central Alabama, where Union Springs is known for its bird dog field trials.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

NJ Quail habitat coming back

Written by Cody Glenn

DOWNE — Through open fields and hedgerows around his native Heislerville, Rick Brown has fond memories of hunting bobwhite quail with his father.

“It sure was challenging,” said Brown, 36. “They’re small, so they’re hard to find, much less to shoot. And the meat is small too, but it’s good.”

That was 25 years ago, when Brown was barely old enough to hold his gun steady. He hasn’t been able to take aim on the game birds since then because their population has decreased so sharply here.

Earlier this month, sportsmen like Brown joined in a large work party of 60-people strong organized by South Jersey Quail Project on US Silica Land off Dragstown Road in Port Norris to ready the land so the quail can hopefully return back to healthy levels here.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

IN Quail Forever sets free seed give-away effort for May 3

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The West Central Chapter of Quail Forever (formerly Quail Unlimited) is sponsoring the distribution of free food plot seed on Saturday, May 3.

The give-away effort is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon in the northeast corner of the parking lot in front of the Dollar General store on Indianapolis Road in Greencastle.

Bagged seeds of milo, field corn, soybeans, wheat, barley and sunflowers will be distributed.
All seed is to be planted for protective game food and cover only.

A food plot information and instruction sheet will be handed out as well as Quail Forever membership information and forms for those who would like to join the local chapter.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Texas A&M researchers map genome for disappearing bobwhite quail


A team led by Texas A&M University researchers has mapped the genome of a popular game bird that has been disappearing at an alarming rate. It took the group two years of six-day workweeks to complete a "first draft genome assembly" for a wild bobwhite quail. The peer-reviewed research was published Wednesday evening in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.

The bobwhite is one of the most popular birds to hunt in the U.S., but its population has been decreasing for decades. The chubby, robin-sized quail with a distinctive striped black head is listed as the No. 1 bird in decline in North America by the Audubon Society.

There's no singular agreed upon explanation for the plummeting populations, but the most prevalent explanation is the destruction of habitat.

A 2007 Audubon study said the bobwhite population has decreased from 31 million to 5.5 million. According to a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department survey, the number of birds and hunters have sharply declined. The 1993-1994 survey estimated 224,000 hunters killed 4,962,000 birds, but the 2012-2013 survey found that 21,000 hunters killed 141,000 birds.

The draft genome assembly created by A&M will be a resource for researchers to further study the disappearance of the bird and hopefully help to combat it.

A&M assistant professor Chris Seabury headed the research project.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

TX Park Cities Quail event grosses record $1 million-plus


The event that’s been called “Conservation’s Greatest Night” lived up to its billing March 6 when Park Cities Quail grossed more than $1 million during its annual fund-raising auction and banquet.

PCQ committee chairman Joe Crafton said the amount raised is easily a record, though it’ll take awhile to figure the net proceeds. All of PCQ’s net proceeds are used for quail research. The PCQ event is organized by a volunteer committee. Event speeches by T. Boone Pickens and George Strait are posted on YouTube. Strait received the T. Boone Pickens Lifetime Sportsman Award.

Pickens paid $130,000 in the live auction for four VIP tickets to Strait’s last concert, and he also donated a quail hunt for six couples to his Mesa Vista Ranch. The hunt sold for $175,000. The live auction earned $850,000.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Habitat for quail, mule deer new focus in AZ

Managing wildlife is not easy and there are a lot of places in Arizona to spend the sportsman’s dollar. The Arizona Game and Fish Department is currently asking itself if spreading those limited dollars across the entire state is the best thing or if a more focused approach would bring a bigger bang for each dollar spent.

The Department is looking at two species to focus on: mule deer and scaled quail. The recent increase in the application fees for resident and non-resident hunters will help fund a portion of this new focus.

With the recent large wildfires in the state and current habitat management programs in place, the department is considering units 27, 21 and 22 and 16A to increase mule deer numbers. With some habitat management work in these areas the department believes it can have a noticeable impact on deer numbers.

Scaled quail have been depressed by the incredible encroachment of woody species into historical grasslands. By restoring the grasslands not only will scaled quail benefit but antelope as well. Units 31 and 32 are currently under consideration.

Does that mean that the rest of the state will suffer? No it does not. What it means is that if these focused projects are successful they can be replicated in other areas of the state.

Look at it this way: The Department has been spending a lot of money to slow population declines due to our long-term drought and other factors. Here is a way for the Department to go on the offensive and make a positive change in wildlife numbers in the areas where they can get the best return on the sportsman’s dollar.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Bitter cold contributes to reduction in wild quail population


Bitter cold weather takes its toll on wildlife, as verified by data collected in the latest Quail-Tech newsletter. It summarizes various quail projects conducted on more than 27 ranches across West Texas’ Rolling Plains region.

Quail-Tech, a Texas Tech research group, is working to unlock the mysteries behind the precipitous decline in wild quail. Park Cities Quail, the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch, UNT Quail and the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute are engaged in similar studies.

As recently as this week, this winter has been hard on everybody. It has been particularly hard on small birds that survive the cold by feeding on tiny seeds. On Jan. 31, when a harsh winter storm swept through Guthrie, Quail-Tech researchers were regularly monitoring 136 wild-trapped, radio-marked birds.

Tiny transmitters enabled researchers to find them. The storm dumped a thick layer of snow and ice that took several days to thaw. This study measured the effects of supplemental feeding programs for wild quail. Some of the study units had supplemental feed available and others did not.

Researchers located 27 telemetry birds dead, many frozen. Unable to feed, some had lost 40 percent of their body weight. Quail-Tech numbers indicate that birds without supplemental feed suffer a 10 times greater mortality rate during harsh weather.

Larger, more robust animals like deer and turkeys fare better in the cold, said Kevin Mote, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) leader for Region 3, northwest of Dallas. Mote takes a philosophical slant on wildlife lost at winter’s end.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

PA - Outdoors: Northern bobwhite is a rare sight

By Bob Marchio

For The Evening Sun

The Northern bobwhite, a bird of open woods and fields, has been part of an ongoing study by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and various partners. The detailed Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas of 2012 determined the bird was confirmed to be breeding in only 18 of the more than 4,000 state areas surveyed. A PGC population study is expected to be completed this summer.

Bobwhite is a species of greatest concern in the state's wildlife action plan. The Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, a Tennessee-based consortium of state agencies, conservation groups and hunters, dedicated to saving the bobwhite, says the bobwhite could be in danger of being extirpated as a wild breeding species.

Personally, I have witnessed the birds in the wild only twice.

Nebraska Habitat Meeting to Take Place in Kearney - Feb 8 2014 - Quail and Pheasant

The annual Nebraska State Habitat Meeting will be taking place in Kearney this year on Feb. 8 at the Ramada Inn.

The meeting is open to the public and according to the Pheasants Forever website, could be of interest to members of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, chapter officers, landowners,
resource professionals, wildlife professionals and enthusiasts, as well as students.

The event, hosted by Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, will include 27 presentations on wildlife, wildlife habitat and education.

The meeting will feature a Landowner Help Desk where biologists from Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever will be available to discuss how to improve your land for habitat.

Registration is $40 per person and includes lunch provided by Skeeter Barnes.

For more information or to register, go online at or call Pam Grossart at 308-850-8395.

Friday, January 3, 2014

GA Quail numbers are up as much as 15 percent over the previous season

By Jimmy Jacobs

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources forecast for bobwhite quail hunting this season offers wingshooters a ray of hope after a number of gloomy years. Quail numbers are up as much as 15 percent over the previous season in portions of Georgia.

The quail season opened statewide in mid-November and runs through the end of February.