Bobwhite Quail in Georgia
Intensive Bobwhite Management
Maximizing quail populations requires intensive management practices. It is important that the practices below be implemented in as short a time frame as possible (1 to 3 years) so as to capture what quail biologists have come to call the “new ground effect”.
This essentially means quickly creating a large block (>1,500 acres) of quality habitat so the quail population can respond rapidly through increased reproduction and survival, and thereby getting ahead of the predator population. Assuming an adequate distribution of summer rainfall, it usually takes 4 to 5 years before the full potential is realized. Certain sites and conditions present special challenges for effective management. Each of the management practices will have to be fine tuned, often through trial and error, to achieve the best results for a particular site.
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