Performing Early Successional Timber Management for Quail and Other Wildlife

Nick Prough, Wildlife Partnership Coordinator
Several management options exist to improve your forested acres for quail while also benefitting many other wildlife species.
Many times, Ozark landowners or those who have forested tracts of land, ask about what they can do with their timber stands to help improve quail and other wildlife habitat. Most quail management information is based on crop field borders, CRP, and other grassland management. There are, however, numerous management practices that you can do as a landowner to improve your timber for quail, as well as many other species of wildlife such as rabbits, wild turkey, and white-tail deer.  

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Using An ATV Sprayer for Habitat Improvements

Nick Prough, Wildlife Partnership Coordinator
A relatively small investment in an ATV spray rig can help get a lot more habitat management completed.
As Spring is now fully upon us, many landowners are out preparing their properties for their upcoming habitat work this year, whether that means converting some cool season grasses to native warm season grasses (NWSG) or prepping the ground for their annual food plot, a lot of habitat management spraying can be done with an ATV Sprayer and your ATV.

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Spring 2015 Covey Headquarters Newsletter Available

Jason Sykes, Area Biologist
The latest edition of the Covey Headquarters Newsletter is now available for download just in time for the warmer weather.
As we begin to see a few 60 degree days, the doldrums of winter begin to fade away and the rejuvenation of spring takes over.  It is certainly my favorite time of year, as geese and ducks make their way back north, turkey flocks break up and toms start waking up the world each morning with some furious gobbling, and we begin to hear the whistles of male bobwhites and crows of cock pheasants as they stake claim to their own little slices of heaven.  Hopefully, those small slices of heaven include some really good nesting and brood rearing cover so that the next

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Pivot Corners for Conservation: It Just Makes Cent$!

Tim Kavan, Private Land Conservationist
Implementing wildlife habitat in these odd areas of a field can be a boon for both wildlife and the producer's bottom-line.
Center pivot irrigation systems are highly efficient systems which help conserve water, reduce erosion, and cut labor costs while supplying water to grain crops during times of need.

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Simple Steps to Refresh Your Winter Cover

Nick Prough, Wildlife Partnership Coordinator
Got cabin fever? Now is the perfect time of year to evaluate your existing wildlife habitat and implement some simple steps to refresh it for 2015.
As the recent cold winter weather across much of Missouri has had many of us rushing for the warmer cover of our houses, offices, and vehicles, so too do the wildlife that are out searching for quality habitat to escape from the extreme temperatures and snowfall - especially when the temperatures drop to near zero.

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CRP Update – CP38 SAFE and CP33 “Quail Buffers”

Jason Sykes, Area Biologist
More quail are SAFE in Missouri and also have a new opportunity in an old practice.
As of mid-January, Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices stopped accepting applications for the CP38 State Acres For wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) Bobwhite Quail project.  Why you may (and should) ask?  Because Missouri was rapidly approaching it's acre allocation for this project.  That means a lot of great habitat has been put on the landscape, or will be very soon, for bobwhite quail and many other species of wildlife!  

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Are you using the right cut stump herbicide?

Steve Hoel, Private Land Conservationist
Selecting the correct herbicide for the job can save time and money.
Disclaimer: I am not an expert in all herbicides. Always read and follow the safety and application guidelines from the herbicide manufacturer.

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Quail Are Living “On the Edge,” Updated Publication Now Available

Jason Sykes, Area Biologist
The popular publication On the Edge – A Guide to Managing Land for Bobwhite Quail has undergone a makeover.
First published in 2003, the MDC publication On the Edge – A Guide to Managing Land for Bobwhite Quail, has recently been updated and expanded. In an age where on-line articles can change daily, or even hourly, a decade or more is a long time between updates to a hard copy publication. As the saying goes, though, good things come to those that wait!  

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Updates Coming to MOre Quail Blog

Jason Sykes, Area Biologist
2015 will bring more frequent updates to the MOre Quail Blog.
In the coming weeks, you should notice that the updates to the MOre Quail Blog will be more frequent and encompass a greater range of topics. The number of contributors will be expanded to include a range of resource professionals from around the state of Missouri, including managers of public areas, conservationists who work with private landowners, and researchers that try to answer the many questions we still have about quail and their management.

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Winter 2014 Covey Headquarters Newsletter Available

Jason Sykes
The new edition of the Covey Headquarters Newsletter is now available for download.
As the the 2014 calendar is replaced with a shiny new 2015 one, most people’s thoughts turn away from the giving and receiving of the holiday season.  There are a few hardy souls, though, that venture out into the winter weather hoping for some gifts well into the New Year.  For those that have put in the hard work to manage their property for Mr.

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