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27th Annual Wild Quail Management Seminar scheduled for March 5-6

Bobwhite quail populations in South Carolina and the Southeast have been declining steadily over the past 60 years due to major land use change and reduction in suitable habitat. The 27th Annual Wild Quail Management Seminar, sponsored by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is designed to instruct landowners and land managers in the proper techniques of creating habitat that will support native populations of bobwhite quail.

This year there will be only one expanded seminar which can accommodate 35 participants on March 5-6, 2015, at the Webb Wildlife Center (1282 Webb Avenue, Garnett) in Hampton County. The registration fee is $85 and includes meals, overnight accommodations and seminar materials. If 20 participants are not registered by February 10, 2015, the seminar will be cancelled. Space is limited to 35 participants, so register early to reserve a slot. For more information write Quail Management Seminars, DNR, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202, or call the DNR Small Game Project in Columbia at (803) 734-3609, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

"Properties that consistently carry medium-to high-density wild quail populations are actively managed to provide quail with all the habitat components necessary throughout the year," said Willie Simmons, DNR Small Game Project Supervisor. "These seminars are designed to improve quail habitat management skills and the information is presented so that anyone with an interest can implement these practices on their property regardless of size."

Field demonstrations and classroom instruction will focus on habitat practices including firebreak establishment, prescribed burning, forest management, brush control, discing for natural foods and supplemental food patch plantings. Presentations will be given on wild quail natural history, biology, diseases and parasites, predation and other factors that may be contributing to the population decline. An update on current research will also be presented.

Speakers will include wildlife and forestry professionals from state and federal agencies.
Over 1,385 people have attended the seminar since its inception in 1987. These sportsmen and sportswomen have positively affected thousands of acres across South Carolina by applying basic techniques to improve habitat on their lands.

Prairie landowners replant to make room for quail

Native grasses put on 40,000 acres to create a bird-friendly habitat

CAT SPRING - Jim Willis knows it isn't easy to love a prairie. The quilt of burnt orange and brown that covers his Colorado County land can't awe or inspire the way a canyon or mountain range does. But he can step onto his porch on a crisp morning, take a sip of coffee and hear the three-count whistle of the northern bobwhite quail.

Read more of The Houston Chronicle's front page story on bobwhite restoration in The Houston (TX) Chronicle HERE

 

The TWRA has designated four of its wildlife management areas (WMAs) to serve as anchors within a quail focus area. The four WMAs are spread across Tennessee and include Wolf River WMA (Fayette County), Bark Camp Barrens WMA (Coffee County), Bridgestone/Firestone Centennial Wilderness WMA (White County), and Lick Creek Bottoms (Greene County). 

Read more about Tennessee's expanded efforts on behalf of bobwhite here.

The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) is seeking two Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC) Service Directors. These positions will be based in one of the five states within the range of the lesser prairie chicken - Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas or Colorado. The LPC Service Directors will provide support to implementing landscape conservation efforts like the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan (RWP), work in close cooperation with the LPC Program Manager, collect biological data and carry out a variety of habitat development, maintenance and management tasks, assist in preparing summary reports and the annual budget, supervise staff and direct work flow, attend staff, program and project planning meetings and assure project goals are met. These positions serve as the primary leads for industry and landowner conservation efforts. Read the complete posting HERE.

"When quail season opens Saturday, hunters in most parts of the state will feel like they’ve stepped back in time — not all the way back to the good old days, but at least back to about 2005-06."

Read Tulsa World Outdoor Writer Kelly Bostian's report on bobwhites in Oklahoma HERE.

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