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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-03-2013, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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Bobwhite Quail Management Plan

Does anyone have any info on this?

Has work on this been started, have they chosen tracts of land for management areas, when will they be trapping and transferring birds?

I have not heard or read anything about it, other than reading the plan itself.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-03-2013, 08:15 PM
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Re: Bobwhite Quail Management Plan

I think the first step in the plan is to try and find any wild populations of quail. The quail DNA would be tested to see if the quail are truly wild. I don't know if this has happened yet or not.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-04-2013, 01:35 AM
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Re: Bobwhite Quail Management Plan

I don't think much has been done as there has been nothing budgeted for it. The plan is the easy part. Implementing it is the hard part.

"The wildlife and it's habitat cannot speak for itself. So we must and we will." Teddy Roosevelt
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-04-2013, 01:51 AM
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Re: Bobwhite Quail Management Plan

Pretty sure they have bio aids out searching the state for populations right now.
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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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Re: Bobwhite Quail Management Plan

I think the quail could do better on smaller acreages than pheasants.

The key is releasing enough birds so some survive.
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Re: Bobwhite Quail Management Plan

The plan will take many years to accomplish. We are just seeing wild bald eagles exploding after 30 years. You have to start somewhere.

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