In October 2009, Department biologists will head to the field before sunrise to listen for bobwhites, but not for the familiar “bob-bob-white” whistle we all relish hearing in the spring and summer. What they want to hear is “koi-lee... koi-lee”. NOTE: The Department is not asking for quail covey count volunteers in 2010.
I occasionally receive emails or phone calls from concerned quail hunters and landowners about the decline in bobwhite quail and grassland birds. I always provide them information on what Missouri is doing to restore habitat for bobwhites and grassland birds.
Last week we had two pounding storms that brought several inches of rain to central Missouri. Most lakes and rivers have been bank full or even worse... out of the banks. It's been the same story the past two years.
Some landowners and hunters will tell you food plots are essential if you want to have good quail habitat. The truth is a well managed warm-season grass field with a variety of forbs and legumes and shrubby cover is much more attractive to quail than a grass field with only a food plot.
It’s pretty cool when people tell you they are seeing more dog boxes in the back of trucks and more hunters in orange vests and hunting chaps at gas stations and restaurants--a good sign there are more quail.
Recently, the Missouri Department of Conservation announced future plans to stabilize and bring back the state’s declining greater prairie chicken population and to restore critical native grassland for other declining wildlife on private and public land.
I occasionally receive phone calls and e-mails from dedicated quail hunters on if the Department of Conservation has ever considered stocking pen-raised quail to restore populations. The short answer is yes.
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