And quail numbers drop 36 percent from last year.
What will the impact be on northern Iowa’s pheasant population and southern Iowa’s quail? A quick survey of area wildlife biologists settled on one theme: Not Good.
Quail numbers hit hard in Ohio. And when we lost those cheerful sweet calls and the sight of coveys skedaddling along brushrows, we lost something special. It would be nice to have them back. The loss has been ours, and many of us do not even realize it.
Numbers increased in every nine-county region except northwest, where it was similar to last year. The survey counted a state average of 21 birds per 30 mile route, which translates to a statewide harvest estimate of 250,000 to 300,000 roosters this fall.
Good quail numbers were reported throughout the southern half of Nebraska, but very few hunters were targeting bobwhites.
Volunteers band together for habitat conservation efforts in McDonough, Brown, and Marion counties.
This year’s event is expected to draw more than 30,000 attendees.
Scheduled Jan. 13-14 in Emporia, Kan.