Pen-Reared Quail and Translocation

During the most recent legislative session a law was passed that permits the release of pen-reared quail on private land for the purposes of training pointing, flushing and retrieving dogs. The only requirement is the possession of documentation showing proof of purchase for the birds being released. Where quail are being released for the purpose of hunting, depending on the circumstances, a private or commercial shooting preserve license is required. Additionally, in areas where wild quail management is an objective, caution should be used when releasing pen-reared quail, as this practice may increase mortality risk to wild birds through the introduction of disease and/or increased predation. Finally, a number of scientific studies have shown pen-reared quail to be ineffective for the purpose of re-establishing wild quail populations.