Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Kansas 2016 quail populations good official forecast says


This year Kansas quail hunters should have one of their best seasons in the past 20 to 30 years. Last year the average number of quail bagged per hunter day, 1.7 birds, was the highest it’s been since before 2000. Thanks go to an unlikely ally.

“One thing I’m pretty adamant about is that the same drought that brought us a big decline a few years ago is what’s making it good again,” Prendergast said. “A lot of the pastures really got beat up and that brought on a lot of the weeds quail need. It created some excellent production conditions and that seems to continue.”

South-central Kansas will probably have the best hunting for quail this season, particularly the areas with a lot of prairie. That could include areas south and west of Pratt, plus some areas of sandhills prairie north of there, too. Areas with similar habitat in southwest Kansas are expected to have good numbers of quail, too. North-central Kansas should have more quail this season.

Flint Hills quail populations, which have been strong the past two seasons, may be down slightly but Prendergast said he’s still pleased with the region’s quail densities.

Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/sports/outdoors/article101099227.html#storylink=cpy

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