How Do Predators Impact Quail Populations?

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The evidence does not support blaming low quail numbers on predators, when proper habitat management can improve quail number so dramatically. More

Winter 2010 Covey Headquarters Newsletter Available

Get in on this winter's tips and workshops to help you restore quail to your landscape. More

Why Do We Still Hunt Quail?

A recent Facebook post asked why we still promote the hunting of quail when their numbers are so low. Let’s think of quail as a poster child for wildlife habitat restoration. More

If You Build It, They Will Come--Won't They?

If you build it they WILL come, but it might take a while depending on what surrounds your property! More
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Online Quail and Grassland Songbird Calendar Available

If habitat is the key to quail survival, timing is often the key to good quail habitat management. More

What Ever Happened to All the Timber Birds?

Our answer is the same as it is for quail in grass and crop areas: not enough bare ground, shrubs and food-producing plants anymore. More

Do You Own a Bird Dog?

One of the finest experiences in the outdoors is watching a pointing dog work a field searching for birds. Do you have a photo of your dog you can share? More

Celebrate the Opening of Quail Season

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Friend and coworker, Aaron Jeffries, and I celebrated the opening of quail season. We were accompanied by my German wirehair pointer, Heidi and Aaron’s German shorthair, Babe. More

The Fall Shuffle is NOT a New Dance Craze

At least for quail, the "fall shuffle" is not a new dance from "Dancing with the Stars"! More

The Spiritual Side of Managing for Wildlife

Attitudes and commitments of landowners like John make Missouri not only a great place to hunt and fish but a great place to live as well. More

Fall Covey Headquarters Newsletter Available

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Featuring “My Grandfathers’ Farms” by Bill White; “Targeting Ground Nest Predators,” by Daryl Damron; “Quail Conservation Says Goodbye to Good Friend Les Simon”; and more. More

Hard Work Pays Off

Alvin Dody’s hard work is paying off. When he purchased the farm he would have two to three coveys of quail on his farm. Now it is common for Alvin to have six to eight coveys. More
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Do Something!

You have to “do something” or you’ll never get anything done. More

Beggar's Lice - Nature's Velcro?

What is sticking to my jeans, my dog, my coat, even my shoestrings? More

My Apologies to the Butterflies

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Do something in the name of quail and it benefits pollinators. Do something for pollinators and it benefits all of us. More

Important Quail Plants You Should Know

Common Ragweed: bane for allergy sufferers but no. 1 wild quail food in Missouri. More

Blackberries by the Bushel

Is this picture worth a thousand words? More

My Grandfathers' Farms

If each of my grandfathers were alive today, they would both be more than 100 years old. More

Blackberry Cobbler, Bobwhites and Fire

Blackberries are in full bloom in mid-Missouri, and my mouth is watering for some blackberry cobbler! More
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Quail Nesting Begins

I heard my first male bobwhite calling this weekend between the rain showers in Osage County! More

Plant Deer-Proof Food Plots

Habitat is the Key! Food plots are an important quail habitat management tool. More

Is Anyone Seeing Quail This Spring?

Habitat is the Key! With a tough winter behind us and wet spring after wet spring it makes you wonder how the quail did. More
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Whack Bush Honeysuckle Now!

When I moved from Northwest Missouri to the Ozark Border Region of central Missouri in 2004, I had no idea of the battle I would encounter with invasive species on my new farm. More

Moving On

I knew the day would come, but I didn't think it would come so soon. More

Quail Habitat: Putting the Numbers in Perspective

In my work as a private land conservationist, I frequently work with landowners interested in managing their property for quail. More
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Winter Prescribed Burns and Strategy

A while back, I helped a friend with a winter prescribed burn at his farm in central Missouri. More

Nit-Picking Habitat Management: Working with What's There

Grass is grass to quail. They don't know the difference between bermuda, brome, bahia or broomsedge. Quail do know good habitat. More

The Lost Covey

In August, we "stocked" our Johnny House with 15 adult quail. We had the right permits from the Missouri Department of Conservation, plenty of food and water, and a nice clean home. More
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