Archive for December, 2006

“I hunt quail, but I don’t shoot them.”

This article by Phil Taunton, of the Emporia Gazette, I think, sums up how many Midwest quail hunters approach and view the current state of upland hunting. Its no suprise that the majority of hunters in the Midwest don’t have the opportunity to hunt areas with a large quail population. The quote, “I hunt quail, but I don’t shoot them,” reflects a common attitude among outdoorsman and hunters. Just getting out and working dogs and seeing birds is a thrill in and of itself.

Read the article in it’s entirety here.

Southeast Kansas Quail Unlimited Chapter Looks Ahead

Girard, KS (December 28, 2006)—The newly formed Southeast Kansas (SEK) Quail Unlimited Chapter will be holding a meeting on Thursday, January 18, 2007, at 7:00 pm at the Producers Co-op in Girard, KS. The meeting is open to conservation-minded individuals interested in taking an active role in securing the future of the northern bobwhite quail and other upland game birds in the Crawford County Kansas area.

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New Book: Texas Quails by Leonard Brennan Coming Spring 2007

Nothing is more evocative of the Texas outdoors than the whistled call of the bobwhite. While the familiar two-note greeting is now just a memory for most of us who live in the state’s growing urban sprawl, this bird is an economic commodity on par with crops and livestock in some regions of Texas. Three other native species of quail also inhabit Texas. Like the northern bobwhite, the scaled quail is significant as a game bird. The other two species, Gambel’s quail and Montezuma quail, are found in limited areas of southwestern Texas and represent an important indicator of forest, rangeland, and habitat conditions.

Texas Quails presents the first complete assessment of the four species of quail found in this vast state. Experts describe each of them and examine all geographic regions of the state for historical and current population trends, habitat status, and research needs. These experts also discuss management practices, hunting issues, economics, and diseases.

With the recent creation of the Texas Quail Conservation Initiative, this volume provides a timely and comprehensive view of quail science and stewardship.

Quail hunting has positive impact on rural economies

WICHITA FALLS – Leasing land for quail hunting has a positive impact on many rural economies in the state, said a Texas Cooperative Extension economist.

“The economic impact of hunting in Texas exceeds $1.5 billion annually,” Jason Johnson, Extension economist based at Stephenville. He addressed a capacity crowd at the recent Red River Quail Symposium in Wichita Falls.

“Quail are the third most hunted species of game in Texas, ranking behind deer and dove, based on the number of active hunters,” he said. “But quail rank fifth behind deer, dove, duck and wild turkey in terms of the number of days spent hunting. This suggests that insufficient quail habitat or the distance to suitable quail habitat restricts hunting activity for this game bird.”

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THE COVEY HEADQUARTERS Volume 5 Issue 4 Winter 2006

The winter edition of The Covey Headquarters newsletter is available online. As usual there are several good articles that are written for the landowner.

One of the better reads is the very first article, “The Best Nesting Grass for Quail…Not Much at All” written by ohn Murphy, Private Land Conservationist (Kirksville), stresses the importance of quail bobwhite nesting habitat, and how landowners can work to achieve habitat that is highly suitable for quail nesting success.

The issue is all packed full of upcoming workshops and seminars

Carolina Business Partners Form Newest Quail Forever Chapter

Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. – December 21st

Residents from North and South Carolina’s coastal plain have formed the newest chapter of Quail Forever (QF). The new Coastal Carolina QF Chapter is led by business partners and Ocean Isle Beach residents Joe Liles and Jerry Blanchard. Chapter leaders plan to focus their efforts on improving habitat for bobwhite quail in North Carolina’s Brunswick, New Hanover, and Columbus counties and South Carolina’s Horry County.

“I’ve chased Carolina bobwhites since I was 15. I’m now 55 and I’ve watched the birds get scarcer and scarcer. I didn’t feel enough was being done to help quail in this part of the Carolinas, so we decided to do our part by starting this chapter,” explained Liles, the chapter’s president and Hamlet native. Together, Liles and Blanchard own Sea Land, Properties, & Auctions, LLC.

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Quail Unlimited Banquet Feb. 21

The Central Florida chapter of Quail Unlimited will hold its annual fund-raising banquet and auction on Feb. 21 at the Magnolia Building in Lakeland at 6 p.m.

For information, call Bo Jackson at 863-646-1475.