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.
Many hunters are convinced that the wild turkey is some super predator, crashing through the thickets and fields like the T. rex from Jurassic Park. But there’s no evidence to suggest this is the case.
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.
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