DESPITE DROUGHT, FIRES, AND FRIGID WINTER CONDITIONS IN SOME AREAS, QUAIL PROSPECTS FOR THE COMING SEASON ARE STILL GOOD ACROSS MUCH OF THE COUNTRY
Quail Forever’s annual state-by-state forecast for quail country provides an insider’s view of conditions on the ground and your chances for dogs on point and coveys on the rise.
All across quail range there’s one question that’s always being asked this time of year: “Are there gonna be any birds this season?” It dominates conversation wherever quail hunters gather, whether that’s a coffee shop, a diner, sporting goods counter, or an online forum or social media. Everyone wants to know how the season is shaping up both close to home and wherever quail hunters may travel.
And like most years, what you’ll find, bird-wise, is going to depend on where you are, or where you’re going to be. It’s been a wild off-season across much of the country, with persistent drought and wildfires across large swathes of the West and freezing late-season cold across much of the plains and Midwest.
However, as you’ll find, many of those apocalyptic-seeming events were tempered by timely rains, normal temperatures, and adequate nesting conditions. Quail are always a boom-or-bust proposition, and due diligence is the name of the game if you want to find them.
That’s where Quail Forever’s annual state-by-state Quail Hunting Forecasts come into the picture. It’s the first step in planning out your own personal quail hunting odyssey, and as everyone knows, that first step is always the most important step. So click on a state and get started.
Want to know if the monsoon rains came in time to help out Arizona’s Mearns’ quail? Curious to see how California’s wildfires will affect this fall’s hunting opportunity? How did dry conditions affect brood success in Nebraska and Kansas? Did winter cold snaps knock down quail numbers in the Southeast? Read on...
If you’re reading this forecast, you either hunt quail, or you’ve always wanted to. And if you do hunt quail, or have always wanted to try, consider joining Quail Forever. It’s a great way to show your support and give back to the bird and the habitat that means so much to so many. Our six native species of quail that stretch coast to coast and the varied upland habitat they need to thrive needs you. Be all about the bird and the culture and traditions it supports: Become a Quail Forever member today!