Ultimate Quail Hunt Planner 2017-18

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Quail Forever’s comprehensive, state-by-state hunt planning guide gets you started on putting together your fall and winter hunts.

We all have our pet home coverts, favorite spots, and annual hunting traditions with family and friends.

But everybody also dreams of trying something new. Make this the year! Quail Forever’s Hunt Planner provides the initial insights and important information you need to start putting together a little run to a neighboring state … or a big adventure far away for the hunt of a lifetime.

ARIZONA

Season Dates: 
Oct. 6 – Feb. 11: Gambel’s, Scaled and California Quail 
Open Area: Statewide as well as Bill Williams River, Cibola, Havasu, Imperial, Kofa and San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge
Dec. 8 – Feb. 11: Mearns’ Quail
Open Area: Statewide 
Daily Limit: 15 quail per day in the aggregate of which no more than 8 may be Mearns’ quail
Possession Limit: 45 quail in the aggregate after opening day of which no more than 15 Gambel’s, Scaled, or California quail in the aggregate may be taken in any one day. After Mearns’ season opens, the 45 possession limit may include 24 Mearns’ quail of which no more than 8 may be taken in any one day
Hunting Notes and Maps:
Quail Page 
Public Lands


CALIFORNIA

Season Dates: 
Zone Q1: Sep. 9 – Oct. 20 (Mountain Quail Only) 
Zone Q1: Oct. 21 – Jan. 28 (All Quail)
Zone Q2: Sept. 30 – Jan. 28 (All Quail)
Zone Q3: Oct. 21 – Jan. 28 (All Quail)
Zone Map 
Open Area: Statewide and designated zones 
Daily Limit:
10 
Possession Limit: 3x daily bag limit 
Hunting Notes and Maps:
Quail Page
Public Lands 


COLORADO

Northern Bobwhite, Gambel's & Scaled Quail 
Season Dates: 
Nov. 12 – Jan. 1: 
East of I-25 and north of I-70 from I-25 east to Byers and Hwy. 36 from Byers to Kansas. West of I-25 except those areas west of I-25 in Pueblo, Fremont, Huerfano and Las Animas counties
Nov. 12- Jan. 31:
East of I-25 and south of I-70 from I-25 to Byers and Hwy. 36 from Byers to Kansas, and parts of the following counties that are west of I-25: Pueblo, Fremont, Huerfano, Las Animas
Open Area: Statewide and designated areas 
Daily Limit:  8 of each species 
Possession Limit:
24 of each species 
Hunting Notes and Maps: 

Quail Page 
Public Lands 


FLORIDA

Season Dates: 
Zone A-D: Nov. 11 – Mar. 4
Open Area: Statewide and designated areas 
Daily Limit: 12 
Possession Limit: 14 
Hunting Notes and Maps:
Quail Page 
Public Lands


GEORGIA

Season Dates: Nov. 18 – Feb. 28
Open Area: Statewide 
Daily Limit:
12 
Possession Limit: NA 
Hunting Notes and Maps:
Quail Page 
Public Lands 


IDAHO 

California Quail and Northern Bobwhite 
Season Dates: 

Area 1: Sept.16 - Jan. 31
(Ada, Adams, Benewah, Blaine, Boise, Bonner, Boundary, Camas, Canyon, Cassia, Clearwater, Elmore, Gem, Gooding, Idaho, Jerome, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Lincoln, Minidoka, Nez Perce, Owyhee, Payette, Shoshone, Twin Falls, Valley, and Washington counties)
*Remainder of the state is closed
Map of Designated Areas 
Daily Limit: 10 
Possession Limit: 30
Shooting Hours: Half hour before sunrise to half hour after sunset 
Hunting Notes and Maps: 
Quail Page 
Public Lands


ILLINOIS

Season Dates: 
Nov. 5 - Jan. 8 (North)
Nov. 5 - Jan. 15 (South)
Open Area: Varies by area 
Daily Limit: 8
Possession Limit: 20
Shooting Hours: Sunrise to sunset 
Hunting Notes and Maps: 
Quail Page 
Public Lands


INDIANA

Season Dates: 
Nov. 1 – Dec. 15 (North of Interstate 74): Daily Limit of 4 
Nov. 1 – Jan. 10 (South of Interstate 74): Daily Limit of 8
Open Area: Statewide and designated areas 
Shooting Hours: Sunrise to Sunset 
Possession Limit: 2X daily bag limit 
Hunting Notes and Maps: 
Quail Page
Public Lands


IOWA

Season Dates: Oct 28 - Jan 31
Open Area: Statewide 
Daily Limit: 8
Possession Limit: 16
Shooting hours: NA 
Hunting Notes and Maps:
Quail Page
Public Lands


KANSAS 

Northern Bobwhite 
Season Dates: Nov. 11 – Jan. 31
Open Area: Statewide 
Daily Limit:
Possession Limit: 32 (on and after fourth day)
Shooting Hours: Half hour before sunrise to sunset
Hunting Notes and Maps:
Quail Page
Public Lands


KENTUCKY

Season Dates: 
Eastern Zone: Nov. 1 – Jan. 31
Western Zone: Nov.13 - Feb. 10  
Open Area: Statewide and designated zones 
Map of Designated Area 
Daily Limit: 8
Possession Limit: 16
Hunting Notes and Maps:
Quail Page
Public Lands


LOUISIANA

Season Dates: Nov. 18 – Feb. 28
Open Area: Statewide 
Daily Limit:
10 
Possession Limit: 30 
Shooting Hours: Half hour before sunrise to half hour after sunset 
Hunting Notes and Maps: 
Quail Page
Public Lands


MICHIGAN

Season Dates: Oct. 20 – Nov. 14 
Open Area: Varies by area 
Daily Limit: 5
Shooting Hours: Sunrise to sunset 
Possession Limit: 10
Hunting Notes and Maps:
Quail Page
Public Lands
 

MISSISSIPPI

Season Dates: Nov. 23 – Mar. 3
Open Area: Statewide 
Daily Limit: 8
Possession Limit: NA 
Hunting Notes and Maps:
Quail Page
Public Lands


MISSOURI 

Season Dates: Nov. 1 – Jan. 18
Open Area: Statewide 
Daily Limit: 8
Possession Limit: 16 
Shooting Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Hunting Notes and Maps:
Quail Page
Public Lands


NEBRASKA 

Northern Bobwhite
Season Dates: Oct. 28– Jan. 31 
Open Area: Statewide 
Daily Limit: 6
Possession Limit: 24
Shooting Hours: Sunrise to half hour after sunset 
Hunting Notes and Maps:
Quail Page
Public Lands


NEVADA

California, Gambel’s, and Mountain Quail
Season Dates: Oct. 14 – Feb. 4 
Open Area:
Statewide 
Daily Limit: 10 
(2 for mountain quail)
Possession Limit: 30 
(8 for mountain quail)
Shooting Hours: Sunrise to sunset 
Hunting Notes and Maps:
Quail Page 
Public Lands


NEW MEXICO

Scaled, Gambel’s, Bobwhite and Montezuma (Mearns) Quail
Season Dates: Nov. 15 – Feb. 15
Open Area: Statewide 
Daily Limit: 15 per day (no more than 5 Montezuma quail)
Possession Limit: 30 in possession (no more than 10 Montezuma quail
Shooting Hours: Half hour before sunrise to half hour before sunset 
Hunting Notes and Maps: 
Quail Page
Public Lands


OHIO

Season Dates: Nov. 3 – Nov. 26
Open Area: See counties map
Daily Limit: 4
Possession Limit: 8
Shooting Hours: Sunrise to sunset 
Hunting Notes and Maps: 
Quail Page
Public Lands
 

OKLAHOMA 

Northern Bobwhite and Scaled Quail
Season Dates: Nov. 11 – Feb. 15
Open Area: Statewide 
Daily Limit: 10
Possession Limit: 20
Shooting Hours: Sunrise to sunset 
Hunting Notes and Maps:
Quail Page
Public Lands
 

OREGON

California Quail (Bobwhite quail may be taken as part of the California quail bag limit)
Season Dates: 
Sept. 1 – Jan. 31 (Western Oregon) 
Oct. 7 – Jan. 31 (Eastern Oregon)
Open Area: Statewide 
Daily Limit: 10 
Possession Limit: 30
 
Mountain Quail 
Season 1 Dates:  

Sept. 1 – Jan. 31 (Western Oregon, Hood River and Wasco counties)
Daily Limit: 10 
Possession Limit: 30 
Season 2 Dates:
Oct. 7 – Jan.31 (Crook, Grant, Wheeler, Gilliam, Klamath, Umatilla, Morrow and Wallowa counties)
Daily Limit: 2
Possession Limit: 2
Open Area: Statewide 

Shooting Hours: See attached chart 
Hunting Notes and Maps: 

Quail Page
Public Lands


SOUTH CAROLINA

Season Dates: Nov. 20 – Mar. 1
Open Area: Statewide 
Daily Limit: 12
Possession Limit: NA
Shooting Hours: Sunrise to sunset
(Jan. 10, 13, 24, 27, Feb. 3, 7, 17, 21: Shooting hours end 30 minutes prior to official sunset)
Hunting Notes and Maps:
Quail Page
Public Lands


SOUTH DAKOTA 

Northern Bobwhite
Season Dates: Oct. 21 – Jan. 7 
Open Area: Statewide 
Daily Limit: 5
Possession Limit: 15 
Shooting Hours: Sunrise to sunset 
Hunting Notes and Maps: 
Quail Page
Public Lands


TENNESSEE 

Season Dates: Nov. 4 – Feb. 28
Open Area: Statewide 
Daily Limit: 6
Possession Limit: NA
Shooting Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Hunting Notes and Maps:
Quail Page
Public Lands


TEXAS

Bobwhite and Scaled Quail (no open season for Mearn’s Quail)
Season Dates: Oct. 28 – Feb. 25
Open Area: Statewide
Daily Limit: 15
Possession Limit: 45
Shooting Hours: Half hour before sunrise to sunset
Hunting Notes and Maps:
Quail Page
Public Lands
 

UTAH 

California and Gambel’s Quail 
Season Dates: Nov.4 – Dec. 31 
Open Area: Statewide 
Daily Limit:
5
Possession Limit: 15
Shooting Hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset 
Hunting Notes and Maps: 
Public Lands
Quail Page


VIRGINIA

Season Dates: Nov. 11 – Jan. 31 
Open Area: Statewide except closed on all public lands west of the Blue Ridge Mountains
Daily Limit: 6
Possession Limit: NA
Shooting Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Hunting Notes and Maps:
Quail Page
Public Lands


WASHINGTON

Western Washington
California and Bobwhite Quail
Season Dates: Sept. 24 – Nov. 30
Daily Limit: 10 mixed bag
Possession Limit: 30 mixed bag

Eastern Washington
California and Bobwhite Quail
Season Dates: Oct. 7 - Jan. 15 
Daily Limit: 10 mixed bag 
Possession Limit: 30 mixed bag 

Western Washington 
Mountain Quail
Season Dates: Sept. 24 – Nov. 30
Daily Limit: 2
Possession Limit: 4

*Eastern Washington Closed to Mountain Quail Hunting 

Hunting Notes and Maps: 
Quail Page
Public Lands
Walk-In Areas 


WISCONSIN

Season Dates: Oct. 14 (9:00 a.m.) – Dec. 6
Open Area: Statewide 
Daily Limit: 5
Possession Limit: 3x daily bag limit
Hunting Notes and Maps:

Game Book
Public Lands

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