Oklahoma – Southeast Region Remains Quail Stronghold

Forecast: Sandwiched between Kansas and Texas, Oklahoma and the southern Great Plains remains the last vestige of what modern hunters would call exceptional quail hunting. However, the 2011 August roadside quail survey concluded that the statewide quail index is down 25 percent from 2010, and the number of quail observed in all regions was down from the 2010 survey except for the southeast region, which remained the same. Quail numbers in the northwest and southwest regions showed the least decline compared to 2010 numbers, with the north central, northeast and south central regions showing the greatest decline, reports Doug Schoeling, Upland Game Biologist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Weather has played a critical factor in determining the productivity of quail in 2011. The severe drought conditions over the past year have undoubtedly had a negative effect on quail production.

The results of the August survey generally don’t reflect the majority of quail produced from late nesting attempts and the success of late nesting attempts can be important in determining the size of the fall quail population. The October roadside quail survey should provide additional information and some clarity about the quail population and season outlook for this fall.

Season Dates: November 12, 2011 through February 15, 2012
Daily Bag Limit: 10
Possession Limit: 20

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