Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hiring - Northern Bobwhite Quail Internship (Fall): Florida

Tall Timbers Research Station
Tallahassee, FL
Job Category
$230/week. Housing and utilities are provided.
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The game bird program at Tall Timbers Research Station is looking for individual(s) to assist with northern bobwhite quail research. Duties will include, capturing and wing tagging chicks, trapping and attaching radio transmitters on bobwhites, tracking quail using radio telemetry, data entry, assisting in a small mammal trapping census, taking part in covey call surveys, helping with predator sent stations, taking part in a bi-weekly hawk survey and assisting in other various duties.
•Must have or be working towards a B.S. in wildlife ecology or related field.
•valid driver’s license and must have a good driving record
•Experience with telemetry is preferred but not required
•Must be able and willing to work long and odd hours
•Must be comfortable working alone in the dark (trapping occurs at night)
Contact Person
Cassie Griffith
Contact eMail

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Monday, August 22, 2016

AZ January Mearns Quail Hunt - Video

Today we got to go hunting with Mark from Facey Kennels http://www.faceykennels.com. He and a friend from Colorado and a friend from Arizona went with my brother and I on a Mearns Quail Hunt in Southern Arizona. It was awesome to see all the dogs out there working. We had 11 Pointers, 1 Drahthaar and 1 English Setter. We didn't hunt them all at once but we usually had 5 dogs out on each walk. Hope you enjoy some of the highlights that we were able to catch on video.

Friday, August 19, 2016

2016 Oklahoma Quail hunting outlook has hunters' heads in the clouds


With last season’s population boom fresh on the minds of many and calls already coming to the Department, Johnson pointed out that it’s still too early to know what may happen with the quail population said hunters may find clues for themselves by considering habitat conditions and weather patterns.

He stated: “In general, quail booms can occur when low to moderate nesting-season temperatures are combined with ample rainfall, especially when these occur in consecutive years. Even during years of moderate to high rainfall, quail production can be quite poor if the temperatures are extreme. Moderately good quail production is still possible even during dry years if temperatures remain cool. However, years with exceptional heat and drought, like Oklahoma experienced during 2011 and 2012, will nearly always result in poor quail production.”

To drive home the importance of weather for quail, Johnson posted a chart to illustrate the differences in temperatures and rainfall between the bad quail production year of 2012 and the booming quail year of 2015.

Other factors come into play, of course. Consecutive years of poor production can compound the problem, he said.

“Likewise, consecutive years of good to excellent production can boost quail numbers to population levels that haven’t been observed in quite some time.”

“Sometimes, a year of excellent quail production and habitat condition can help buffer the impacts the following year ...” he stated.

This is brilliants stuff. Rather than hazarding a guess, he has turned hunters back to the countryside to consider what they see in front of them and exercise habitat-based vocabulary looking toward the season ahead.

Will 2016-17 be the year that moderate conditions followed the excellent conditions of 2015 with population and habitat carry-over that led to another population boost?

It’s looking that way. Anyone who has been outdoors the past month knows that 2016 has had many more days over 100 degrees than 2015. The chart provided by Johnson shows, for example, rainfall in the Northwest of 11.3 inches April-October in 2012 compared to 29.7 in 2015.

A quick check of the Oklahoma Mesonet for the past 120 days showed an average of about 12 inches in the Northwest region.

It’s been hotter, and there has been less rain, but there has been carryover.

“The key now is to monitor the rainfall and temperatures for the rest of summer and early fall to determine if (conditions) more closely align with conditions in 2012 or conditions in 2015,” Johnson states.

It’s as good a reason as any to walk around with your head in the clouds.

Read the full TulsaWorld article

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Native Quail Hunt in Kentucky Video

While there are fewer quail today than a generation ago, landowners see a rich recovery when grassland restoration is done properly. On acreage surrounding Mercer County's Shaker Village, Farmer hunts plentiful bobwhites with three generations of Dwayne Steely's family. Wildlife biologist Ben Robinson tags along to witness the bounty that this habitat work has brought about.

Monday, August 8, 2016

2011 Kansas Wild Quail Hunt - Video - Bird Dogs Afield

Bird Dogs Afield enjoys a Kansas wild quail hunt over pointing dogs.