Fighting Back – A Bobwhite Quail Film

The Bobwhite Quail is a symbol of southern bird hunting — and also ground zero to critical conservation issues facing wild bird populations.

This Film is Presented by Gordy and Sons Outfitters

For many, the bobwhite quail is a symbol of their youth in the South. Small game is often where many cut their teeth in the hunting world. Adam Keith, wildlife consultant, ventures back into his past to take a journey into the public lands of Missouri with state biologist Frank L. Loncarich and Kyle Hedges.

“I always say one of the worst things my parents ever did was introduce me to quail hunting, only to watch the numbers plummet to where I couldn’t get to do it anymore.”

Frank and Kyle have been involved in critical research around bobwhite conservation issues. Their passion for bobwhite stems from a lifelong obsession with birds and dogs which has taken them to the front lines of quail conservation efforts. The research has shown that native prairie is a more effective management tool than traditionally managed conservation areas in southwestern Missouri.

Breeding Season Survival and Nesting of Northern Bobwhite on Native Prairie Versus Traditionally Managed Conservation Areas in Southwestern Missouri

Authors: Thomas R. Thompson, Frank L. Loncarich, R. Kyle Hedges
Fighting Back – Official Trailer

As the numbers of quail in the South have dwindled over the years, so have the numbers of bird hunters who pursue them. But with the now-changing tide of increasing bird hunter numbers, coupled with growing dedication to fighting back against declining bird populations, states like Missouri are proving critical to the future of hunting.

This a story about the love of dogs, the birds we pursue and the native public lands that are crucial to our lives and to our pursuit.

Note that Missouri Law does not require blaze orange during closed deer season and archery restricted areas. Project Upland strongly recommends that one should still wear blaze orange while upland hunting for the safety of yourself and others. Read the full Missouri blaze orange requirements here: Missouri Hunter-Orange Requirement

This film is a Slate and Glass production in association with Northwoods Collective.

Last modified: March 8, 2019

6 Responses to :
Fighting Back – A Bobwhite Quail Film

  1. Josh k says:

    You came to Missouri and didnt even let us know. I will say our Quail Emphasis Areas are going to be awesome in the next couple of years and hopefully the population will have rebound in the next decade or so.

  2. I am a quail/Upland hunter and try to read everything I can on quail biology and habitat. I own 175 acres in Missouri of which 120 acres is in CRP. Eleven years ago following the purchase my my property I worked with my Missouri PLC and QF do increase the quail, turkey, deer and ducks on my place. I converted my Bromegrass habitat into a wildlife haven, by planting warm season grasses, legumes, pollinators and various food plots across the 120 acres. In addition I have trapped every fall for predators and have conducted control burns over this time period and I believe this has lead to my success. Over this time period I have increased my covey count from one to nine coveys based on my fall covey counts. But, I still have concerns with my habitat and the issues facing my quail. After a major snow fall this January I believe this one limiting factor ( lack of shrubby cover i.e. covey HQ), may prove detrimental to my birds. The CRP guidelines limit woody cover in the WSG areas, but they allow all of the other elements quail need to prosper? I hopefully will be renewing my CRP contract in 2020 and I want to address this lack of shrubby cover, which means the NRCS will need to address this gap. If they are truly concerned about wildlife they need to revamp the guidelines. Your assistance in addressing this issue will be appreciated.

    1. Mike says:

      Have you implemented any growing season prescribed burning into your management plan?

      1. Steve says:

        Yes I have utilized control burns according to CRP guidelines, for the last 11 years.

        1. Mike says:

          That is great. We have started using prescribed burns during July and August here in Kansas and we are seeing some really nice results.

    2. tim kavan says:

      unfortunately CRP guidelines do not prioritize Quail/small game management. We have tried and tried and tried to incorporate management techniques to the best of our knowledge and to stay within the realms of policy. We have made many improvements over the years working with our Area biologists and FSA, but we have a long way to go. frequent burning is the number one tool to manage “maintain” those CRP acres from getting over crowded with native grass. We have also reduce/modified the seed plans from a pounds per acre basis to a seeds per square foot rating. This has also reduced stem densities on these plantings. Planting additional plum/blackberry/dogwoods should not be an issue in CRP if addressed correctly.
      Good luck and thanks for you passion!

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