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Wild Quail in Pa.?

As many of you know,the PGC has released it's Bobwhite Quail Management Plan.You can check it out on their website.One of the things that is needed is to locate existing wild quail populations.When and where were the last WILD quail you have seen in Pa?

It's breeding,training...and something unknown.
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post #2 of 77 (permalink) Old 09-01-2011, 03:24 PM
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Re: Wild Quail in Pa.?

I am 51 years old, and have never seen a wild quail, that I know of. Have lived in Lancaster County all my life.

Trying to bring back a wild population of quail, when they are in steep decline in areas better known for quail, is a waste of time and money, IMO.

Having the PGC raise and release quail is an even dumber idea.



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Re: Wild Quail in Pa.?

you should maybe run the P.G.C. seems you have all the answers .... haha..
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Re: Wild Quail in Pa.?

I grew up in Southern Lancaster County and can remember in my teen to early twenties, small covies on a few farms I used to hunt. Those farms are all developed now.
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Re: Wild Quail in Pa.?

The last Bob White Quail I saw in Pa was about 5 years ago and he looked very lonely. I have not had occasion to hunted in that area since. Going back to the early-mid eighties wild quail would come into my yard and pester the heck out of my penned bird dog. He pointed them several times while we were hunting pheasants, but I did not shoot hoping they would increase in number.

When I was a kid in IN State one could jump a few coveys of quail with 15-20 birds without a dog.....and hear them whistling every evening to get back together. The quail count in that areas now is almost non existent.

I would love to have good quail hunting; however, I agree with the GC stocking quail is unfortunately not the answer.

The last good quail hunting I saw was in TX, but it is best to wait until January when the rattle snakes are less dormant.

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Re: Wild Quail in Pa.?

Leve it to Dutch to crush the dreams of all the wild upland birder's.

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Re: Wild Quail in Pa.?

My dad told me that they were quite common in Berks County when he was a kid, probably back in the 30's & 40's. I remember seeing a couple when I was a kid back in the 70's, but I think they were the result of some small regulated shooting grounds.
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post #8 of 77 (permalink) Old 09-01-2011, 05:30 PM
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Re: Wild Quail in Pa.?

The last wild covey's I saw were not in PA but in the Cape May NWR in NJ. We would hit one or 2 big covey's (30 to 40 brids) each time hunting woodcock in the mid to late 90's.

Back then a few guys claimed their were wild covey's around the Philadelphia airport.
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Re: Wild Quail in Pa.?

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The last good quail hunting I saw was in TX, but it is best to wait until January when the rattle snakes are less dormant.
I would think you would want the rattlesnakes MORE dormant.
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Re: Wild Quail in Pa.?

There were a LOT of them at Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware, about 6 years ago. Between the sand beaches and the piney woods, there's a zone of shrubs, including small cherry shrubs. That's where the quail are.

Cape Henlopen is a nice place to camp, swim, fish, BTW.

In PA, I heard one in Blair County about 10 years ago. Whether it was wild or stocked and released, I don't know.
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