Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
Wednesday, February 8th, 2023

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Bobwhite quail in Ohio? ….

Delaware, Ohio –   Fishing with a friend of mine on a recent
weekend afternoon, we heard the distinct call of not one but
several bobwhite quail.

It was fascinating because it’s been a long time since I’ve
heard the call of quail in the wild. We were fishing on Delaware
Lake in Delaware County not far from a wildlife area. I suppose
these quail were probably intermingled with pheasants that are
annually stocked there.

But, just hearing these quail brought up by larger point for
me.  Seeing, or even hearing, a quail is about the same as seeing
or hearing a grouse in Ohio.

And, we all know what has happened with grouse in the state.
Next season, there will be a reduction in both the bag limit and
the length of the season.

It makes me wonder if we shouldn’t be doing the same for
quail.

And, while it’s not really possible to shorten the length of the
quail season, which now stands at just 23 days, we could reduce the
bag limit. Four birds in a day seems too much to me. Maybe it’s
something the Ohio Wildlife Council should take a look at.

It’s amazing what a day on the lake can do for the thought
process.

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