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Stop Hunting Quail?
Posted: 15 June 2012 01:13 PM   [ Ignore ]
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In the most recent “Status of Bobwhite Populations in Illinois,” leading researcher John Roseberry shares his strong opinion that we should not be hunting quail in January.  He acknowledges that the dwindling quail population is a result of habitat loss and degredation but suggest that the change could result in more quail entering the breeding season.  Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are asking for the opinions of quail enthusiasts on their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ilpfqf).

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Posted: 15 June 2012 01:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I love upland hunting and do it as much as I can, but I won’t hunt wild quail or pheasant.  I have properties that have quail and have had them for years, but we can’t get a lot.  We release quail and pheasants every year but they all disappear every year.  If there is a question on shortening seasons, I would agree.  BUT only for private properties.  Let the state daily release places stay in operation for the regular dates.  It will actually bring in more funds to the parks also.

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Posted: 18 June 2012 08:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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There have been so few quail, I have seen one covey in several years of hunting. I have hunted quail on released birds. Hey those wild quail fly at a totally different rate than those pin raised birds. The pheasant population has dwindled it has been a few years since I have had a double ending my hunting day after about 30 minutes of walking. If shorting the season brings back or helps these birds I am all for it and would agree with Matt’s comments about the parks and the release program.

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Posted: 18 June 2012 10:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Habitat first. Hunters second. Guys who shoot coveys down to 5 birds or less are asking for trouble. Besides, how many people do you know who actually hunt quail in January? Let alone November?

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Posted: 19 June 2012 08:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I have to agree with Jeff on this one.  If some people would manage their ground for quail like they do for deer, I think you would see a big difference on those property, it will take time but it will help.  I think everyone of us that has ever enjoyed a good quail hunt, has probably met the guy that can’t stop chasing the covey until they are wiped out.  Either way, try introducing some upland habitat, you might even be surprised how well deer will respond to the new habitat.

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Posted: 19 June 2012 10:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I personaly don’t know anyone hunting wild quail in e central. Quail hunts are an hour drive to the quail shed. Quail are so rare I have seen 1 wild covey in years of hunting pheasant. I didn’t take a shot kind of stood in awe as I watched one after another take off. Seemed as if they were flying full speed at take off. The lack of hunting them hasn"t brought them back so obviously habitat is the solution. Pheasant dominate this area so perhaps there isn’t enough land for both?

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Posted: 22 June 2012 08:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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enjycreation, your last statement is simply not true.  Pheasants and quail simply require slightly different habitat.  A pheasant can thrive in wide open cover, where a quail requires brush and typically timber edges.  There is enough land for both, just not the right habitat for both.

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Posted: 23 June 2012 06:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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If there is no quail in November when most hunters are in the field, then what makes anyone think there going to be there in January. We need to get off the stupid truck ,and address the real problems that all upland game is facing these days. We have little habitat, and more predatory birds flying around than ever,combine that with modern farm practices and coyotes and other predators that go after ground nesting birds and you have the perfect storm for game species to collapse. I also find it very hard to believe the DNR is adding days to the rabbit season as well, gee I feel like if I shot a rabbit I would be shooting an endangered animal anymore. I know we have very little habitat, but why are there no birds were there still is habitat ?? Because the truth is it’s not any one thing but the combination of the whole gambit of problems I have already listed,thank for letting me rant….................RT

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Posted: 25 June 2012 07:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Perhaps you missed the question mark at the end. Wasn’t a statement but a question in which you answered thank you….

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Posted: 25 June 2012 10:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I never even consider shooting a quail anymore and am hesitant to shoot a rabbit, even though I love to eat both. When I was a kid I would flush a minimum of 40 rabbits every time I hunted. Now, in the same exact area, I am lucky to see one every 5 trips to the woods. The habitat is almost exactly the same as it was back then, and hunting has nothing to do with it. Has to be the coyotes and the hawks.

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Posted: 27 December 2014 08:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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My father and I used to sit by the river in the evening and listen to the bobwhites call at dusk. It was such a wonderful sound. That was 42 years ago. The woods where the quail lived still stand but there are a lot of coyotes. I have thought about releasing some there but I might as well just throw dollar bills into the woods. I still hear some roosters calling on occasion.

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