Habitat is the Key! With a tough winter behind us and wet spring after wet spring it makes you wonder how the quail did. The graph on the right shows King City, Mo., historical annual snowfall (red line) in inches compared to the quail population graph for northwest Missouri. The blue line is annual rainfall. The dotted lines show average annual snow and rainfalls. As you can see each time we have excessive snowfall or rainfall, the quail population dips or as in the '90s, stays low.
We have reports this week from Andrew and Nodaway counties of good-sized coveys being seen. If you are seeing quail after this tough winter let us know.