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HUNTABLE POPULATIONS OF BOB WHITE QUAIL?

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  1. yukon_870

    yukon_870 Member

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    In what parts of the country are there still huntable populations of wild bobwhite quail?
     
  2. Catpower

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    They are getting few and far between at least here in Texas, we used to have them all over, but they have vanished, I have a patch of Giant Ragweed that I let grow because they like to feed on the seeds, almost ever year a few years back there would be a covey of them in there, they say it is the imported fire ants that is causing their demise but I think it is more the red tailed hawks we have here, they have gotten thick, every day I was driving by where the ragweed was there was a hawk setting on a post waiting for them to come out and the coveys slowly got smaller and smaller
     
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    Being an old geezer and grumpy, I agree ... It's mostly the d@mn hawks!
    Here in central Virginia, we had quail up to our eyeballs lots of years.
    Then they (VDGIF) forbade shooting foxes and hawks and the quail and the Eastern Meadow Larks disappeared!!!
    Get caught shooting a hawk and Katy bar the door and call a good lawyer!
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    Some MakeBelievers shoot Quail at preserves, But you know that is p!$$ poor sport.
    ML Johnson
     
  4. Sharp1

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    All gone in IOWA also...$6 Corn replaced the Quail.

    GL
     
  5. Doug Brown

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    Not in SE Nebraska anymore.
     
  6. Ibjamin

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    Don't you folks in the mid west have coyote problems. Out here on the west coast they come up on your porch and eat your cat, dog or children. Our quail(Valley & Mountain) population has dive.

    RN
     
  7. cubancigar2000

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    Lots of quail here in Idaho, more than I have seen in years
     
  8. bigbore613

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    Farming up to the woods and Damn house cats have ruined VA. NC is still good in places. Jeff
     
  9. claybrdr

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    In the old days on our farm the fence rows were grown up with vines, honeysuckle and briars. This gave the quail a place of refuge from predators and a source of food from seeds. Clean farming, hawks and feral cats were the prime culprits in Virginia.

    We also never hunted coveys to extinction, always leaving 8-10 birds.
     
  10. yvonne

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    Damm cats around here. Everyone thinks their cats should be able to roam free. They've destroyed the ground nesting birds here.
     
  11. Doug Brown

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    $7 corn is the culprit here
     
  12. Old Doc

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    Round Up beans and now corn. No broad leaf weeds and associated bugs to feed the young. Theory of a game biologist. And no cover. D winter
     
  13. Big Al 29

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    Shoot the cats
    DDT the Hawks
    End the stupid project of using corn for ethanol
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    more Quail
     
  14. GR Eubanks

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    No Bob Whites in Idaho.Lots of California Valley Quail.

    Roger
     
  15. bigd62

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    We still have birds in south west Illinois but population has taken a little bit of a hit have about a 1/4 of number of covies from five years ago agree hawks or a big problem but have you also noticied the more turkeys you have the less quail.
     
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    As with most interesting things to hunt and fish, non-native predators and lack of cover are the biggest culprits. Hard to blame farmers for making a living...but that is probably a bigger contributor than most think.
     
  17. 391 shooter

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    In the Albany Georgia area there several plantations that specialize in wild birds, but, they are very high dollar hunts.


    Several of them have the wagon drawn by mules that carry you to the hunt site. Men on Horse back work the dogs. But as I said you need a pocket full of money.


    Lots of corporate folks bring clients to these places.
     
  18. 391 shooter

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    Google, quail hunting preserves in albany georgia, you will find what you seek.
     
  19. 16gun

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    Back in the 70's I could walk you to six or seven coveys any day in my little area of Athens county Ohio. Today nothing! You can blame predation, farming practices, human intrusion (population) and you would be correct on all. Which one is the worst? Anyone could be in your neck of the woods, but they all hurt. It truely is a bleak time for Mr. Bob. Jerry
     
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    Fescue?
     
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