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How to Have No-Cost and Low-Cost Quail Management

Click here to enlargeEDITOR’S NOTE: You can hunt quail as well as deer and turkey on your hunting lease or at your hunting club with very little investment and not much work. According to Dr. Bill Palmer, game bird specialist at Tall Timbers Research Station in Tallahassee, Florida, "Most outdoorsmen will be satisfied to go out with their buddies and a bird dog and find two to three coveys of quail in a half-day's hunt. Hunters can create this type of hunting ground on all kinds of forest land with minimal effort." This week, we’ll learn how to have more quail on the property where you hunt and the history behind why the quail populations across the U.S. have declined.

Click here to enlargeThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Congress and many state departments of conservation have recognized that landowners and hunting clubs must have financial incentives to manage their lands for quail to bring the bobwhite quail back from its extremely low present numbers.
* Georgia has an aggressive quail-restoration program. Through this program, officials with the Fish and Wildlife Division work with private landowners and hunting clubs to increase habitat for quail. To learn more about Georgia's program of utilizing state and federal monies to increase habitat for quail, contact Reggie Thackston, the GADNR Coordinator BWI programs at (912) 994-7583.
Click here to enlarge* The State of Mississippi also has actively promoted the restoration of quail habitat by working with landowners and the federal government through cross-sharing programs. To learn more about what Mississippi has done to bring back quail, contact the small game coordinator, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks at (662) 325-5119.
* To keep abreast of the latest research on wild quail and get information on what you can do to increase habitat and grow the numbers of coveys of quail you have on your land, contact the Tall Timbers Research Station, 13093 Henry Beadel Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32312,(850) 893-4153.

Check back each day this week for more about HOW TO HAVE MORE QUAIL

Day 1 - You Can Have More Quail
Day 2 - What Quail Management Can Do for You
Day 3 - Why Did Quail Populations Decline?
Day 4 - What’s the Big Lie About Quail Management
Day 5 - How to Have No-Cost and Low-Cost Quail Management



Entry 288, Day 5