This plan was developed by wildlife biologists employed by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Large portions of this plan are adapted from the 2001 plan written by Fred Ward and the small game team that were subsequently revised in 2006 by Steven Fowler and the Quail Team. We greatly appreciate their efforts in moving quail management in Arkansas forward.
Thanks to the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, this plan offers a more universal direction. The NBCI works on a unified range-wide strategy to restore populations of northern bobwhite. They offer guidance with the help of 25 state wildlife agencies, as well as numerous conservation groups and research institutions, to achieve widespread restoration of native grassland habitats and huntable populations of wild quail. The landscape-scale, habitat-based strategic plan establishes the first-ever national vision and road map for habitat restoration and population recovery. Don McKenzie of Ward, Arkansas, is the executive director of NBCI. He has provided valuable guidance toward quail recovery.
Several Wildlife Division staff also played vital roles in identifying recovery potential throughout Arkansas, which helped to set quail population recovery goals.
Florida’s bobwhite management plan
Kansas outlines its action plan in stepping down the national strategy of the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative to the state level.
A quarterly report from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism on the activities and successes of the Kansas Quail Initiative, organized in 2012.
“In April 2008, Kentucky released its inaugural northern bobwhite restoration plan. It was full of challenges, big ideas, new catch phrases like the “four P’s” (people, partnerships, pinpoint, and patience), and measures of success. This report is a product of that plan. It is designed to self-assess our progress – our successes and our failures. We’re pleased to report we have more successes than failures, but there’s plenty of room to improve. We intend to do just that…
“… We invested in the largest bobwhite research project in the state’s history. In collaboration with the University of Tennessee, the home of the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, we embarked on a 5-year research project. Over 2,000 bobwhite were captured and released on Peabody Wildlife Management Area. Knowledge was gained, year around, regarding survival, mortality, habitat use, reproduction, evasive behaviors from hunting, and population estimates. We’ll wrap up by learning if hunters hunt the areas that bobwhite use. Information is power.
“Perhaps our single biggest goal of the first 5 years was aimed at generating hope. Hope in the form of habitat. Biologists have preached habitat for decades. Our landowner and sportsmen audience have grown weary of the message. Too often, habitat didn’t derive the intended result. Apathy became our enemy, success will be our savior. We bring you success! As a whole, our focal areas have shown overwhelming support for the habitat theme.”