Oklahoma has long been home to some of the best quail hunting and quail habitat in the nation. But the species is currently in a state of decline across its range. While Oklahoma remains one of the strongest holdouts of bobwhite quail populations and habitat, wildlife professionals are proactively launching an extensive effort to understand and address what could be a number of contributors to the downward trend in quail populations.
The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) has been continually evolving throughout its successful 25-year history. The voluntary conservation program began with a primary purpose of erosion prevention, but has expanded to embrace not only water and air quality, but also wildlife habitat for priority species. Today, one of the ways the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is benefitting priority wildlife is by targeting acres under the Conservation Reserve Program’s various wildlife initiatives; including the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) initiative, the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), and several other practices available for continuous signup.
NBCI’s Bobwhite Almanac, State of the Bobwhite 2012 report.