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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 02-11-2014, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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Quail Plan

Does anyone have any information on the quail plan?

Has it started?

Have they identified any wild populations?

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Re: Quail Plan

I'm not sure where they are with the plan. I have not heard much about it. But I did read on one of the PGC press releases that $250,000 (I think that was the amount, it has been a while) was put aside to help with the plan.
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Re: Quail Plan

I saw a map recently of potential quail habitat in the state. I think the PGC has hired some Penn State grad students to try and see if any wild birds are in the state now and get DNA samples to see if they are game farm birds or the real thing. The recent cash infusion should get things moving a little faster thanks to the commissioners that support small game hunting like Delaney and Putnam.

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Didn't they designate a SGL for this project and were going to do a big burn to start the habitat for this project?? Maybe this was already done??
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Re: Quail Plan

Are there any wild quail left in Pa.? Could they be transferred to a WPRA?
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Re: Quail Plan

One of the pheasant guys will chime in, I'm sure.

But I am not certain the habitat they are creating for the pheasant is ideal for the bobwhite. I think the bobwhite is a little more specialized in what they need. From what I understand they need more diversity from shrubs to grasses to wooded edges all intermingled.

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Re: Quail Plan

Looks like Adams county is a possible area.

The map looks similar to the one in the Quail Management Plan from the PGC. I don't know if they are considering the Gettysburg area or not. In my opinion it would be a good place to start, but that doesn't mean a darn thing.
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Re: Quail Plan

Ghost Coon, In the state of PA, the Bald Eagle has a extremely high probably of out numbering the wild Bobwhite Quail. If the PGC were to declare the Bobwhite Quail an endangered species, the feedback/discussions would rival the comments heard on the agency's Deer Management Plan.

Many of the states, south of the Mason Dixon line, have for many years tried, without success, to get the quail to make a recovery- toward the numbers that were available in the 50's and 60's.

The Ames Plantation, in the south, was created to provide a permanent home for The National Championship Field Trial. Two full time quail biologists direct the plantations staff whose primary goal is providing sufficient numbers of WILD quail to hold this prestigious field trial. Today, the trial is supplemented with pre-released quail.

If the southern states and Ames Plantation, where the bobwhite was king can't do it, I am mystified how the PGC is going to do it.

I wish PGC success with the Quail Plan, just as I have their Pheasant Plan.

Hopefully, the PGC will create a more equitable solution to the dog training issue in the areas they are trying to re-introduce a species- Pheasant, Woodcock, Quail, ....

As a side note- Ms. Carson's book "A Silent Spring" is a very interesting and meaningful read for those that like and enjoy the outdoors.

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Re: Quail Plan

I wish they could bring them back. Franlin county is a real favorable (blue) area. However, I am not sure with current farming practices and large amount of aerial preadators that they can make a comeback.

They were here in great numbers in late 60's and early 70's. Loved hunting them with my English Setters that I had back then, as well as hereing them calling in the spring and early summer.

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