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Kansas Investing in Quail

Kansas Investing in Quail

Quail, the most beleaguered of our beloved gamebirds, is getting a helping hand in Kansas. Or rather, a bigger helping hand. The state just announced that it’s “launching a new quail restoration initiative aimed at making a difference in declining bobwhite quail populations at a landscape level.” Here’s more: > Includes the designation of two […]

April 12, 2012 | By | Reply More
Worms and Birds: What Else Don’t We Know?

Worms and Birds: What Else Don’t We Know?

Believe we’ve talked about this at least once, but a recent Wall Street Journal article on the plight of Texas quail got us thinking about it again. Here’s the applicable stuff: …Rolling Hills Quail Research Ranch, a 4,700-acre spread an hour west of Abilene. Last month, researchers there found that the levels of parasitic worms […]

March 21, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Top 10 Reasons To Go to Phez Fest

Top 10 Reasons To Go to Phez Fest

Pheasants/Quail Forever’s Pheasant Fest/Quail Classic is coming up soon at KC, MO (see info in right column), and just in case you’re thinking it’s too far or whatever, here are the Top 10 – really just 10 of many – reasons to go. We’re doing it Letterman-style, 10 to 1. 10. What else are you […]

February 6, 2012 | By | Reply More
Eye Worms Hurting TX Quail?

Eye Worms Hurting TX Quail?

Lone Star Outdoor news recently carried an article on a speech given by Dr. Dale Rollins of the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch near Rotan, Texas. Seems that a major threat to quail, at least in the Lone Star state, may be an eyeball worm. News to us! Highlights: > Especially mysterious were the continued […]

January 10, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Book: Hunting Gambel’s Quail

Book: Hunting Gambel’s Quail

We want to hunt Gambel’s quail. You know, those quail with the topknot that run around the desert and hop on cacti. Jay in particular wants to do it because he still carries images of his head of when he was out in the country around Phoenix one time, and saw “hundreds” of quail running […]

January 4, 2012 | By | Reply More
Is Climate Change Bad for Birds?

Is Climate Change Bad for Birds?

Regardless of whose theory you buy or what label you want to put on it, weather patterns are changing. Don’t think anyone can say how long that’ll last, but in the short term one effect of it – which also happens to be a symptom of a generally warmer climate – is more precipitation. For […]

December 6, 2011 | By | 5 Replies More
TX Mulling Quail Reg Changes

TX Mulling Quail Reg Changes

You’d expect that with continued habitat declines plus a severe drought, Texas’ quail wouldn’t be doing so well. No surprise, but that combination of factors is bringing on the double whammy: less hunter opportunity. That’s the double whammy because less opportunity means less hunting, and if that continues it means fewer hunters, thus fewer hunters […]

November 28, 2011 | By | Reply More
Early KS Reports: Not Great But Birds

Early KS Reports: Not Great But Birds

Kansas has endured a Texas-like drought in some parts of the state this year, prompting it to go from being “the other South Dakota” to “where did all the birds go?” in just a year. But judging by early reports, seems like pheasants (and quail) are still there…as long as you can find some habitat. […]

November 21, 2011 | By | Reply More
Quail Hunters Just Go Away

Quail Hunters Just Go Away

That’s the title of a recent blog post by Don McKenzie, who has the tough position of being director of the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI). Tough because bobwhite quail are arguably facing the toughest road of any game animal, and it turns out that bird hunters aren’t helping enough. To see what we mean, […]

November 9, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Bobwhite Conservation Officially ‘Inadequate’

Bobwhite Conservation Officially ‘Inadequate’

USDA Not Helping Enough No surprise to anyone that bobwhites aren’t doing so hot overall. But an official declaration that “conservation efforts on behalf of bobwhite quail and other native grasslands birds are far inadequate to stop their decline in the U.S.” hasn’t happened (we don’t think) until recently. A coalition of 25 state wildlife […]

October 28, 2011 | By | Reply More
Who Out There Uses a Call?

Who Out There Uses a Call?

We’re not diehard quail hunters (yet), so we found the following tidbit very interesting (from this Arizona paper): The best time to hunt is in the morning when the quail are calling and moving in the search for food. Some hunters prefer to use a call, and then wait for the coveys to answer. The […]

October 11, 2011 | By | Reply More
Is This the Year For CA and NV?

Is This the Year For CA and NV?

As East-Coasters, we think about hunting out West – particularly for leg-shakingly tough chukar hunts – but are like, Why go all the way out there when we can beat ourselves up out here? Well, this may be the year to make the trip. As previously reported here, Califor-NI-A is supposed to have an off-the-charts […]

October 7, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More
Kansas Official Forecast Finally Out

Kansas Official Forecast Finally Out

Kansas has been suffering through a drought and record high temps this year, and even though the state was hoping that the effects on their darn good bird population wouldn’t too bad, appears that’s not the case…which shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Today Kansas issued its 2011-12 bird forecast, and the summary of the […]

September 22, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Weather: Are Gamebirds On the Move?

Weather: Are Gamebirds On the Move?

Weather has been hammering our gamebirds. Actually hammering everything, but gamebirds seem a bit more sensitive to these changes. Every time we talk about that, global warming comes up, and…no definitive conclusions reached, even with the help of a good (or at least decent) bourbon. But on that topic, did you happen to see the […]

September 8, 2011 | By | Reply More
Will Cali Be Awesome This Season?

Will Cali Be Awesome This Season?

Anecdotal reports make it sound like California is shaping up for an off-the-charts-good bird season – awesome if true. Sometimes anecdotal reports indicate reality, sometimes not, either way Serious bird hunters will be out there. Reports also are anecdotal because apparently Cali Fish and Game doesn’t do bird counts. So here goes, from this article: […]

August 12, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Quail Added to Dallas Convention

Quail Added to Dallas Convention

Long known as a big annual event for big-game hunters, the Dallas Safari Club (DSC) convention and expo is expanding in 2012 to include attractions focused on quail and other upland birds. This is the result of a new partnership between DSC and Quail Coalition, a Texas-based organization focused on upland bird conservation in Texas. […]

July 1, 2011 | By | Reply More
OK Budgets $1mm for Quail Research

OK Budgets $1mm for Quail Research

At its June meeting, the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission approved the OK Wildlife Department’s fiscal 2012 budget, which includes “approximately” $1 million for quail research. Wow! That $1 mil will be spent on “two important research initiatives intended to halt the long-term downward trends in quail populations across the state and the bird’s native range. […]

June 29, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
Do You Hunt With a Hemingway?

Do You Hunt With a Hemingway?

Ernest Hemingway lived when there was such a thing as a “playboy outdoorsman.” Sounds fun, but part of living that life is having a good-sized ego. That means rivals, like Zane Grey, but also a competitiveness that goes beyond buying the first beer or maybe having to fix the grub that night at camp. And […]

May 26, 2011 | By | Reply More
Rabbits, Cutting Trees and Birds

Rabbits, Cutting Trees and Birds

We’re still amazed – literally – that the New England cottontail rabbit is a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act. The cottontail freakin’ rabbit! Okay, not the similar eastern cottontail, but still. And what’s the issue? Apparently people – including people we all know – think it’s “cruel” or “ugly” to cut trees. […]

April 29, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More
Hawaii Bird Smorgasbord: Would You Do It?

Hawaii Bird Smorgasbord: Would You Do It?

Saw this piece on shotgunlife.com a while back about hunting what sounds like a Hawaiian game farm/preserve for birds. None are native, but at least some are wild. Read it and wondered: Would we do it? Meaning, would you go there for that? Check out a few highlights, then you decide:

April 21, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More