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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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