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

Order Tree and Shrub Seedlings Now

Jeff Powelson, Private Land Conservationist, St. Joseph
 
Order seedlings from the George O. White State Nursery from Nov. 15 through April 30.

Native trees, shrubs and woody vines can help you improve wildlife habitat and soil and water conservation on your land. Order seedlings from the George O. White State Nursery from Nov. 15 through April 30.

The GEORGE O. WHITE STATE FOREST NURSERY near Licking offers Missouri residents a variety of seedlings for reforestation, windbreaks, erosion control, as well as for wildlife food and cover.

Key Messages: 

Missourians care about conserving forests, fish and wildlife.

Authors: whitew

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/order-tree-and-shrub-seedlings-now

Burn warm-season grass stands to benefit native wildflowers and quail-brooding cover

 Jeff Powelson, Private Land Conservationist, St. Joseph
Now is a great time to prepare for next year’s summer beauty as well as next year’s brooding cover for upland birds.

As always, check with your local Missouri Department of Conservation office to determine if weather conditions are appropriate for burning. Burning should not be attempted in areas of Missouri which are still experiencing drought conditions .

Key Messages: 

Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish.

Authors: whitew

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/burn-warm-season-grass-stands-benefit-native-wildflowers-and-quail-brooding-cover

Three New Farm Bill Wildlife Biologists added in Missouri

Bill White
 
Additions bring Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist total to six for the “Show-Me” state

The Missouri Department of Conservation and its partners announce the addition of three new Farm Bill Wildlife Biologists (FBWB) in Missouri, bringing the total number of Farm Bill Wildlife Biologists in the state to six. Casey Bergthold, Mary Crowell, and Scott Engelman will work with Missouri landowners and farmers to implement wildlife habitat conservation measures aimed at increasing quail, pheasant and other wildlife populations.

Key Messages: 

Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish.

Authors: whitew

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/three-new-farm-bill-wildlife-biologists-added-missouri

Take a youth quail or pheasant hunting

Jeff Powelson, Private Land Conservationist
 
Late October/early November bring the beginning of several special opportunities for experienced hunters to mentor the younger generation.

Late October/early November bring the beginning of several special opportunities for experienced hunters to mentor the younger generation. Missouri’s upcoming Youth Hunting Days are as follows:

Key Messages: 

Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish.

Authors: whitew

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/take-youth-quail-or-pheasant-hunting

Drought and the 2012 Quail Season Outlook

Max Alleger
 
Take a quick look at how the drought has affected quail habitat and numbers.

Drought conditions rightfully dominated small-talk throughout the long Missouri summer this year.  How did the Extreme Drought, as it came to be categorized by various drought tracking indices, impact quail habitat and numbers across the state?    

 

Key Messages: 

Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish.

Authors: allegm

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/drought-and-2012-quail-season-outlook

Got Quail, Pheasant or Turkey?

Travis Dinsdale, Area Biologist, St. Joseph
How many quail, pheasant, and turkey broods have you seen and in which counties?

I’ve heard several good reports of quail, pheasant, and turkey broods throughout Missouri. I have personally seen four turkey broods, two quail broods, and one pheasant brood in the northwest part o…


Travis Dinsdale, Area Biologist, St. Joseph
How many quail, pheasant, and turkey broods have you seen and in which counties?

I’ve heard several good reports of quail, pheasant, and turkey broods throughout Missouri. I have personally seen four turkey broods, two quail broods, and one pheasant brood in the northwest part of the state. Now is the time you should be seeing all types of young wildlife.

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/got-quail-pheasant-or-turkey