What To Do?

By Bill White

USDA’s General Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup is upon us and it’s decision time! With current grain prices, many landowners may be contemplating whether or not to re-enroll CRP acres. The next several b…


Bill White
USDA’s General Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup is upon us and it’s decision time!

USDA’s General Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup is upon us and it’s decision time! With current grain prices, many landowners may be contemplating whether or not to re-enroll CRP acres. The next several blog posts offer options to help you make an educated decision on the future of your CRP.

Authors: whitew

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/what-do

CRP Workshops Scheduled

By Bill White
In response to recent announcement of General CRP sign up 43, multiple CRP Landowner Workshops will be held throughout the month of March to inform producers and conservationists about Conservation Reserve Program General Sign-Up 43.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct a four-week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup, beginning on March 12 and ending on April 6. CRP has a 25-year legacy of successfully protecting the nation’s natural resources through voluntary participation, while providing significant economic and environmental benefits to rural communities across the United States. 

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/crp-workshops-scheduled

Jump Starting Your Quail Population – Part 2

By Scott Sudkamp

In my last post, I gave a brief review of some scientific studies that have demonstrated the poor success of penned bird stocking systems purported to dramatically increase quail and pheasant populations. In case you’re still not convinced that stocking penned birds is a waste of time and money, today we’ll discuss a few potential negative consequences of stocking.

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/jump-starting-your-quail-population-part-2

Bringing Back the Memories

Mark Hutchings
Private Land Conservationist, Mt. Vernon
With landowners like Mark Costley in southwest MO, bobwhites certainly have a better chance of making a comeback and a whole suite of wildlife species are reaping the benefit.

Dr. Costley grew up in the small southwest Missouri town of Monett, he attended high school there and was part of a state championship football team in 1971, after high school he left for Columbia, MO to attend the University of MO. After graduating medical school at Mizzou, and completing his residency at Duke in NC, he found himself along with his wife, Terre, back in that same small SW MO town beginning a new practice as a family MD.

 

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Partnership Hires Additional Private Land Help

By Bill White
Through a partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever (QF), we aim to help restore quail numbers in Missouri.

We are excited to announce that three new Farm Bill Wildlife Biologists have been hired in Missouri. These new biologists will work with area landowners and farmers to implement wildlife habitat conservation measures aimed at increasing quail and other wildlife populations. Through a partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever (QF), we aim to help restore quail numbers in Missouri.

Authors: whitew

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/partnership-hires-additional-private-land-help

Jump-Starting Your Quail Population

 

By Scott Sudkamp

A question I frequently hear from landowners engaged in quail habitat management programs is whether they should consider using pen-reared birds to get their population started. The short answer is no. In Missouri, it is a violation of the Wildlife Code to release bobwhites for purposes other than dog training or operation of a commercial hunting preserve. The longer answer is that even if it were legal to do so, releasing penned birds to boost wild populations is a losing proposition. Numerous studies from multiple states have proven that stocking upland game birds doesn’t work.

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/jump-starting-your-quail-population

National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic Offers Landowner Help Room and Seminars

 

By Bill White
We hope to see you stop by the Landowner Help Room at the Pheasantfest and Quail Classic Event coming to Kansas City Convention Center—Bartle Hall Feb. 17-19. Blog authors Bill White and Scott Sudkamp will be among the speakers at quail seminars throughout the conference.

If you own land anywhere in the country, you can receive free land-use management consultation at Pheasants Forever’s National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic 2012. The Landowner Habitat Help Room will feature leading technology, and entry is free with paid admission to the show. This dual event runs February 17, 18 and 19 at the Kansas City Convention Center in downtown Kansas City.

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/national-pheasant-fest-and-quail-classic-offers-landowner-help-room-and-seminars

The Perfect Ending

 

By Bill White
A little habitat management was all it took for a perfect ending to the quail season.

January 15 was the last day of quail season and I celebrated with good friends and good dogs. We hunted a farm in southern Livingston County, which has always been a good bet for quail due to the habitat work on the farm. Two of the three coveys we flushed were in brushpiles and shrub thickets, while the third was in a small patch of annual lespedeza; all products of the habitat work done on the farm.

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/perfect-ending

Ever Seen a Bird Dog Parade or Strolled Down Bird Dog Alley?

By Bill White

If you love dogs, you need to put this event on the calendar! For the first time, the nation’s biggest event for pheasant and quail hunters and bird dog enthusiasts is coming to Kansas City. Pheasants Forever’s National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic will be held February 17, 18 & 19, 2012, at the Kansas City Convention Center in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

Authors: whitew

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/ever-seen-bird-dog-parade-or-strolled-down-bird-dog-alley