Ecology and Management of the Northern Bobwhite

“Abundant bobwhite populations were once an accidental byproduct of land management practices as early settlers carved out small family farms in large expanses of southeastern forestland. Just as human activity once accidentally created good habitat for bobwhites, changes in the ways we use land have diminished bobwhite habitat quality. In Mississippi and other southeastern states, bobwhite and other wildlife species that depend on early successional plant communities have declined over the last several decades to historically low population levels.”

Extension Service of Mississippi State University publication.

Quail on the Cheap. Or, A Tightwad’s Guide to Bobwhite Management

Marc Puckett, Virginia small game project co-leader and chair of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee, writes a blog, “Shell’s Covert,” for the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative’s website, www.bringbackbobwhites.org. In January 2014 he turned the space over for a post from guest blogger Justin Folks, a private lands biologist with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Virginia Tech. That post (below) generated response and requests for it in a format that could be printed and distributed as needed. (Note the techniques recommended here are most generally applicable east of I-35 and in other areas of fescue, thick sod grasses and woody management challenges.) Additional basic management information can be found in a brochure called “Bobwhite Basics.”