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Quail Hunting there is hope
Posted: 25 January 2014 10:16 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Spent the last part of deer season Quail Hunting with a friend, he has a couple of German Shorthairs that are pretty impressive. It was good to get back in the field and actually see some birds, real wild birds not the tame ones people set out for a days hunt. After about 5 hunts it dawned on me that the Quail are making a comback in West-Central Illinois. This year I will be planting some Crp and Crep, hope to attract some of these fine lil critters to my place. I use to Quail hunt every weekend with my Father growing up, from the time I was to young to carry a gun and could barley keep up until he was just to old to walk that far. Just to let everyone know there is hope that the bob-whites are making a comeback.

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Posted: 25 January 2014 11:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I remember back in early 80s how we had quail everywhere, Im still not seeing numbers anywhere close to what we had here in adams. Glad you have the numbers where u are…....

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Posted: 25 January 2014 12:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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This weather we are having may halt that comeback real quick Cuttnstrutt. What do you attribute the comeback to in your area?

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Posted: 26 January 2014 09:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Can’t say for sure yellowstone but I know very few people hunt them anymore so it means more for the people that do. It got so bad for a while we quit hunting them. Just seems like there is more in my area than the last several years. Don’t really have a good answer.

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Posted: 26 January 2014 11:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I was always told and believed it was a loss of habitat is why the small game disappeared, a lot of people blame predators as well. I am told the area I hunt in Eastern Kansas used to have a ton of quail, but now there are few and there are thousands of acres of thick grass and fields etc. for them to inhabit. I think the predators that walk around with a trained animal and throw handfuls of lead into the air are the predators that destroyed the population. I have a couple of nice coveys on my place but wouldn’t dream of shooting one after what I saw happen to them here.

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Posted: 26 January 2014 09:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I grew up around Springfield in the late `50’s and `60’s.  There was enough upland game for a young boy to ride his bike to the country, .410 stuffed in the paper bag, knock on a few doors and come home with a few rabbits and bust a few caps at pheasants and quail.  The end of the old soil bank program started the habitat loss.  Back to back bad winters in `72 -`73 took a toll, plus loss of habitat.  Pheasant and quail were just starting to somewhat recover when the terrible winters of `78 and `79 hit, really hammering the populations.  CRP helped some, but unfortunately the cover grasses and cover crops approved were not the most beneficial to upland birds.  As the farms are still owned by relatives, I occasionally hunt when I’m in Springfield.  My observations are that the upland populations never really recuperated.  As they live on the property, I also know that those farms are very rarely hunted…well, except for those with wings or four legs.  Birds are just not there, whether it’s loss of habitat or animal predation, but it sure isn’t from over hunting by humans.  If I had to lay the blame on one thing, I’d say 100%-loss of habitat.

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Posted: 27 January 2014 04:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I have a sneaking suspicion that the major use of pesticides has something to do with the drop in numbers as well.

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Posted: 28 January 2014 03:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Whats a quail?

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