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Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Somerset County, PA
Re: Bobwhite Quail Management Plan
Unfortunately, I think this quail management plan is doomed from the get-go. When I was a young boy growing up in the 70's and early 80's, I would visit a neighbor while he was working out in his garden and talk about the "good old days" of hunting. He used to tell me about going down to Franklin County to hunt quail in the 1940's. He told me that people used to tell him that the quail hunting was great until the very bad winter of 1935-36. That was the downfall of quail back then. He told me he quit hunting for quail there in the late 60's or early 70's because the habitat was gone or land was posted.
Fast forward to now. The Game Commission along with other organizations have spent an abundance of money on these wild pheasant restoration projects. The returns have been limited at best and I believe the quail restoration will not have any better outcome unfortunately. You can't fault the various organizations for trying and would love for them to prove me wrong, but, the constant urbanization of southeastern PA and limited habitat elsewhere lead me to be believe this will be a waste of money.
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