While you're out bird hunting this fall you may want to spare one particular species. Our Eddie Griffis told us more on the declining population of the bobwhite quail.
"For quail hunters out there, years of below average rainfall have definitely affected the populations of the Bobwhite quail," Griffis said. "The Upland Game Bird has been declining over the past few years just strictly because of the drought. But thank goodness we had a little but of rainfall this summer where there was some rangeland and some cover for these quail. They are trying to come back, but the main thing is it's going to take some time to build these numbers back up to make it to where quail season is like it used to be. But the main thing in that is to get rain to get cover for these quail so they have a place to go and hide and they're able to nest. Pretty much anything and everything out there goes after them and their offspring. Ways that we can help the landscape out there for the Bobwhite quail is to leave cover for them out there to get into so they are a lot harder to see and they have a place to go and hide. And then if we can keep from hunting these birds, there's nothing wrong with going out there and working our dogs, kicking them up and letting them move around. But for the most part, try not to hunt them so we can get these numbers back to where it can be fun to go out and hunt the quail again."
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