Summer 2013 Covey Headquarters Newsletter Now Available

Bill White
The Summer 2013 Covey Headquarters Newsletter is now available.

The Summer Covey Headquarters Newsletter is now available click here to view it

In this issue –

Brood habitat information

Nesting notes

Bradford Farm quail and pollinator field day

The mowing “dead zone”

Conservation Reserve Program mid-contract management calendar and much more

If the above link doesn’t work, go to mdc.mo.gov and type “2013 summer covey headquarters newsletter” in the search box.

Key Messages: 

We work with you and for you to sustain healthy forests, fish and wildlife.

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Authors: whitew

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/summer-2013-covey-headquarters-newsletter-now-available

Field and Stream ‘Hero For a Day’ Coming to Missouri

<div class=”field field-type-nodereference field-field-bio-reference”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item odd”> Bill White </div></div></div><div class=”field field-type-text field-field-teaser”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item odd”><p>On Saturday, June 15, 2013, Field and Stream is bringing their “Hero for a Day” event to Crowley’s Ridge Conservation Area near Bloomfield, Missouri.</p></div></div></div><p>Volunteers are being solicited to help the Department, the American Bird Conservancy and the local Quail Forever chapter to clear brush and trees and to build…</p>

MU Quail and Native Pollinator Field Day on June 20

Bill White
The University of Missouri’s Bradford Research Center will host a bobwhite quail and native pollinator field day Thursday, June 20, 1-7 p.m.

COLUMBIA, Mo.–The University of Missouri’s Bradford Research Center will host a bobwhite quail and native pollinator field day Thursday, June 20, 1-7 p.m.

The free event…

CRP Signups and Landowner Workshops Announced

Bill White
 
CRP Workshops are being held for landowners and agricultural producers in advance of the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up that runs May 20th through June 14th.

CRP Workshops are being held for landowners and agricultural producers in advance of the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up that runs May 20th through June 14th. Led by Quail Foreve, Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation and Missouri Department of Conservation staff, landowners can learn how to increase their farm or ranch income while creating wildlife habitat in the process.

Key Messages: 

We work with you and for you to sustain healthy forests, fish and wildlife.

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Authors: whitew

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/crp-signups-and-landowner-workshops-announced

State of the Bobwhite Quail in Missouri – 2012

 
Bill White
2012 proved to be another one of those years tough on quail in many areas of the state.

2012 proved to be another one of those years tough on quail in many areas of the state. While many of us thought that the drier spring helped produce one of the best quail hatches in recent memory, our hopes were soon dashed when the dry spring turned into the drought of a lifetime.

Key Messages: 

Missourians care about conserving forests, fish and wildlife.

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Authors: whitew

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/state-bobwhite-quail-missouri-2012

Quail Quest 2 – West Central Missouri

 
Bill White
We ran into our first covey within 3 minutes of leaving the truck.

During the early part of quail season, I try to concentrate on hunting public land, because most private landowners won’t let me hunt quail til after rifle deer season. So during the second weekend of quail season, I headed with a friend to west – central Missouri to hunt one of our public land prairies. These areas are great for quail as there are typically drainages filled with shrubs and several of the prairies are grazed, which increases the suitability of the cover for quail and other wildlife. It also increases plant diveristy when done appropriately.

Key Messages: 

Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish.

read more Authors: whitew Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/quail-quest-2-west-central-missouri

Covey Whistle Stop Tour

Bill White
 
Stop #1 on 2012 Missouri quail season. At about 15 minutes before sunrise, in the still of the morning the coveys started sounding off, one by one.

On opening morning of the 2012 quail season we pulled our truck up alongside the field we intended to hunt. It was about 30 minutes before shooting time. We arrived early enough to listen for the covey calls as the birds awoke from the chilly night. At about 15 minutes before sunrise, in the still of the morning the coveys started sounding off, one by one. We were surrounded by quail. The hair stood up on the back of my neck as my son Andrew commented how lucky we were that they were not zombies or we would be in deep trouble!

Key Messages: 

Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish.

Authors: whitew

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/covey-whistle-stop-tour

January is Landowner Workshop Month!

Bill White
 
January is Landowner Workshop Month!

January 9 Deer Habitat Workshop – 6:30PM Lancaster, MO – Lancaster Housing Authority-Community Room, 12 K.O. Whitacre Drive. Contact Craig Williamson for RSVP at 660-457-3716 ext 111.

January 15 18 Months with Bob – A look into the life of quail, Carrollton Public Library, Carrollton, MO from 6PM to 8PM. Learn the life of a quail during each season over an 18 month period. Refreshments and handouts provided. RSVP by contacting Andrew White, 660-646-6220 x116

Key Messages: 

We work with you and for you to sustain healthy forests, fish and wildlife.

Authors: whitew

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/january-landowner-workshop-month

Chop and Drop This Winter

Jeff Powelson, Private Land Conservationist, St. Joseph
 
Instead of sitting inside on the weekends, get the chainsaw tuned up and think about escape cover for bobwhite quail and rabbits.

What a great time of the year! Ever think what else needs to be done during the winter months, between weekend tailgating, chasing kids with fall/winter sports, and the Super Bowl? Instead of sitting inside on the weekends, get the chainsaw tuned up and think about escape cover for bobwhite quail and rabbits.

Key Messages: 

We work with you and for you to sustain healthy forests, fish and wildlife.

Authors: whitew

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/chop-and-drop-winter