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Iowa Quail Harvest Highest Since 2007

 

This past season Iowa’s quail hunters enjoyed their best hunting since 2007, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Hunters harvested an estimated 28,400 quail in 2015, which was a 165 percent increase over 2014. The large increase in quail harvest was predicted by the August roadside survey which counted the highest number of quail in 21 years. 

“We expected to see more quail harvested based on the August roadside survey and our current trend of mild winters,” said Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife research biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. 

Bogenschutz uses a population model that considers total winter snowfall, and spring rainfall and temperature data to estimate winter survival and nesting success, plus the annual August roadside survey that counts actual pheasants, quail, cottontail, jackrabbit and partridge staff see along the 218 30-mile routes.  

“We know, given certain snowfall and rainfall amounts, with a degree of certainty, how the upland populations are likely to react, based on 50 years of data. Given the mild winter and below normal rainfall, potential for upland birds looks good for the fall right now for the east central, southeast and south central regions. The western third had more rain and more snow so the potential looks less,” he said. 

“Anecdotally, staff and landowners have been reporting more roosters crowing and male bobwhite calling across the southern third of Iowa this spring, which is a sign of good overwinter survival. The best predictor will be this August when we conduct our roadside survey. But I like the direction the model is pointing.”

 

The Oaks & Prairies Joint Venture’s Grassland Restoration Incentive Program, or GRIP, is making a difference for bobwhites, grassland songbirds and butterflies … and the bobwhite is often the leading attractant for landowner participants. (The National Bobwhite Technical Committee presented OPJV their Group Achievement Award in 2014 for their commitment to integrated habitat conservation.) Check it out HERE.

Beginning this month, officials with Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana (a 2014 winner of NBCI’s National Fire Bird Conservation Award) will launch an initiative to restore and increase the acreage of longleaf pine over the next couple of decades through partnerships with federal agencies and private landowners. Check it out HERE.

4 of 5 PF/QF Award Winners NBCI Supporters/Participants

Four of the five individuals honored by Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever for their distinguished contributions to conservation during the recent 81st North American Wildlife & Natural Resources Conference are stalwart NBCI supporters/participants … Todd Bogenschutz, Upland Wildlife Research Biologist – Iowa DNR, Dan Forster, Director of Wildlife Resources Division – Georgia DNR, Keith Sexson, Assistant Secretary – Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, and Bill White, Private Lands Services Division Chief, Missouri Department of Conservation. Click HERE to read the full story.

Eastern Native Grass Symposium Location, Dates Set

The 10th Eastern Native Grass Symposium, “Native Grasses on Working and Natural Landscapes,” will be August 29-31, 2016. An agenda that emphasizes working landscapes will include sessions on forage and grazing, pollinators, building soil health with natives, invasive species control, wildlife management, landscaping with natives and land reclamation. Symposium location will be the Tropicana Hotel in Evansville, Indiana. Stay tuned for further details.

(March 15, 2016)

Winter 2014 Covey Headquarters Newsletter Available

Jason Sykes
 
The new edition of the Covey Headquarters Newsletter is now available for download.

As the the 2014 calendar is replaced with a shiny new 2015 one, most people’s thoughts turn away from the giving and receiving of the holiday season.  There are a few hardy souls, though, that venture out into the winter weather hoping for some gifts well into the New Year.  For those that have put in the hard work to manage their property for Mr.

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Tulsa World Reporting Best Bobwhite Forecast in Years

“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.