The article explains how to trap wild quail in northwest Missouri in the early 20th century. Here's a quote from the article.
"Years ago when there was lots of hazel brush along the skirts of timber, there were many flocks of quail, sometimes as many as two dozen in a bevy."
I've heard of people trapping quail before, but I've never heard of a "bevy." According to the Webster's Dictionary, a "bevy" is a group of animals and especially quail. In other words, a covey. A covey of two dozen birds. That's a big covey. I wonder why? The answer might be in the quote above.
"Years ago when there was lots of hazel brush along the skirts of timber...."
I highlighted "lots" to make a point.
Even back in 1912 people recognized the importance of shrubby cover and lots of it for bobwhites. Hunters knew this is where the birds would hang out to avoid predators and hunters and to seek shelter from cold weather. So why do we struggle so much today with creating good shrubby cover for bobwhites?
The best examples of good shrubby occur on Quail Emphasis Areas and places where grassland bird (prairie chicken) management is occurring.
The next time you drive down the road to your farm, take a look at your neighbors' farms. Do you see much shrubby cover? Now take a look at your farm where you are actively managing for bobwhites. See much shrubby cover? Probably not, unless you live in Texas, Oklahoma and parts of Kansas where the climate and native plant community can still provide ideal habitat conditions for bobwhites.
Last week, I spent a couple days in northwest Missouri. On the way home I looked across the landscape. I saw lots of trees, but not many shrub thickets. There's probably not many "bevys" in places that lack shrubby cover. Make some more shrubby cover if you want more bevys of quail.