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2012

Covey Whistle Stop Tour

Stop #1 on 2012 Missouri quail season. At about 15 minutes before sunrise, in the still of the morning the coveys started sounding off, one by one.

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January is Landowner Workshop Month!

January is Landowner Workshop Month!

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Tree cut down beside open field to create quail habitat

Chop and Drop This Winter

Instead of sitting inside on winter weekends, get the chainsaw tuned up and create escape cover for Missouri bobwhite quail and rabbits.

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seedling trees

Order Tree and Shrub Seedlings Now

Order seedlings from the George O. White State Nursery from Nov. 15 through April 30.

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Burn warm-season grass stands to benefit native wildflowers and quail-brooding cover

Now is a great time to prepare for next year’s summer beauty as well as next year's brooding cover for upland birds.

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bobwhite quail in snow

Three New Farm Bill Wildlife Biologists added in Missouri

Additions bring Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist total to six for the "Show-Me" state

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Youth rabbit hunt

Take a youth quail or pheasant hunting

Late October/early November bring the beginning of several special opportunities for experienced hunters to mentor the younger generation.

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Drought and the 2012 Quail Season Outlook

Take a quick look at how the drought has affected quail habitat and numbers.

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Got Quail, Pheasant or Turkey?

How many quail, pheasant, and turkey broods have you seen and in which counties?

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2011 late season quail chick.

CSI:Drought

This CSI episode will probably not be aired on network TV, but it is just as compelling to a quail biologist as we try to understand quail survival during the drought of a lifetime for many.

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coyote walking through grassland

The Bounty Hunter

Even Missouri had a bounty for coyotes back in the 1850s and 1930s. But did it work?

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Eastern Gama Grass Pasture

The Grass Really is Greener on the Other Side of the Fence

My Grandfather always told me that “the grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence.”

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Photo of diverse grassland, including wildflowers

Freebird

Whether during the time of the buffalo or today, in the time of the cow, when fire and grazing are judiciously applied to a grassland landscape it is good for “Mr. Bobwhite.”

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Bobwhite quail chick

Dirty Birds

Many species of wildlife take advantage of dry, exposed soil to "dust" themselves.

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Hand in Hand

The week of June 17 is National Pollinator Week. So, what do quail and pollinators have in common?

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Aerial view of flooding at Duck Creek CA

Are You Seeing Quail or Turkey Broods?

A year ago most of Missouri was pretty wet from above-average rainfall and flooding. Today is a different story that is having a positive impact on ground-nesting birds.

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Image of an American burying beetle

Beetles, Chickens, Cows and Quail

Seemingly unrelated critters share a special prairie landscape in Southwest Missouri.

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I Am a Recovering Recreational Mower

Work less, spend less and help quail and grassland birds in your corner of the world.

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Show-Me MOre Quail

Check out our new report on the State of the Bobwhite Quail in Missouri.

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Blackberry Winter

Blackberry winter comes without a warning just when you think that spring's around to stay.

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Bumblebees, Butterflies and Bobwhites!

If you want to hear how you can help declining pollinators from some of the leading pollinator habitat experts in the country, put this on your list of summer activities.

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Landowner on tractor pulls disk field to promote ragweed growth

What to Do? Part 3

USDA's General Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup is upon us and it’s decision time!

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What To Do? Part 2

CRP signup is upon us and it’s decision time!

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What To Do?

USDA's General Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup is upon us and it’s decision time!

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Bobwhite quail chick

CRP Workshops Scheduled

In response to recent announcement of General CRP signup 43, multiple CRP Landowner Workshops will be held throughout the month of March to inform producers and conservationists about Conservation Reserve Program General Signup 43.

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Jump Starting Your Quail Population - Part 2

In case you’re still not convinced that stocking penned birds is a waste of time and money, let's look at a few potential negative consequences of stocking.

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2011 late season quail chick.

Bringing Back the Memories

With landowners like Mark in Southwest Missouri, bobwhites certainly have a better chance of making a comeback, and a whole suite of wildlife species are reaping the benefit.

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Partnership Hires Additional Private Land Help

Through a partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, we aim to help restore quail numbers in Missouri.

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bobwhite quail

Jump-Starting Your Quail Population

In all controlled scientific studies, stocking birds for population increase has failed, often miserably. Read on to learn more about results from some of these studies.

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bobwhite quail in snow

National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic Offers Landowner Help Room and Seminars

We hope to see you stop by the Landowner Help Room at the Pheasantfest and Quail Classic Event coming to Kansas City Convention Center—Bartle Hall Feb. 17-19. Blog authors Bill White and Scott Sudkamp will be among the speakers at quail seminars throughout the conference.

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three bird dogs hunting in tall warm-season grass during winter

The Perfect Ending

A little habitat management was all it took for a perfect ending to the quail season.

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