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Tuesday, April 16th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Tuesday, April 16th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Casey Sill

After hunter numbers plummet, biologists paint a better future for Illinois’ quail

When the statewide quail season opens Nov. 4, there are expected to be fewer hunters chasing the usual number of birds.
But there are hints of optimism, according to biologists from Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. Bobwhites can still be found, and as habitat improvement continues to progress, the future for Illinois quail is looking a little brighter. Winter conditions in southern Illinois were pretty much par for the course, nothing that would significantly impact quail survival. Conditions remained on the dry side, as winter gave way to spring, which may have hurt nesting.

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Conditions for pheasant broods point to positive season in Illinois

Winter conditions in Illinois were just about ideal for pheasant survival, and spring conditions were equally as encouraging, according to Jason Bleich, a former Pheasants Forever team member and current private lands biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Wildlife Program.

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