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.