Raising Quail Populations in Texas

It has been a major topic of concern throughout the great plains of Texas, that he quail population is dangerously declining. In the good old days when locals discussed anything quail, it was typically about the great thrill of hunting them. Needless to say, quail was extremely common and hearing the call of the bobwhite quail can ascertain nostalgia long lost. Bobwhites and blue quail were a couple of the popular species roaming Texas grasslands and wooded areas.

But a bird once taken for granted has deeply impacted Texas landscape ecologically, economically, and even culturally. Some believe that they are nothing more than to serve the land aesthetically, however, conserving the native quails have far more significance. Their presence are proof that the range lands and the forest ecosystems are healthy and stable. The burden is on every Texan resident to pull together to conserve the quail population, and help it grow.

Not only are hunters feeling the absence of quail, but plenty of other bird enthusiasts and environmental groups are seeing the devastation of land due to their smaller numbers. With a number of circumstances of both natural and man-made detriments such as wildfire and over-developed land, quail are endangered of being locally extinct.

State officials are teaming up with several organizations to help spread awareness as well as solutions. Creating a wildlife habitat is in the works, as well as recruiting landowners and hunters in this endeavor. Below are a few tips that each branch of recruits can do to pull in efforts and resources to help substantiate the quail populace again.

Private Landowners – Experts believe that private landowners hold the key to the restoration of the quail population. Becoming educated on how the pros and cons of your land management is effecting quail habitats. Here are a few things you can do:
– To learn how you can modify your grazing and brush control methods to make them more quail friendly, you can contact your county TPWD biologists.
– Acquaint yourself with quail. Learning about quail can better equip you on applying changes and other strategies on becoming more quail-friendly. Attend programs and seminars to gain insight.
– Come together with your neighbors to launch your own quail cooperative groups.
– Seek knowledge on monitoring the quail trends and activities that are occurring on your property.
– Get your property enrolled in the Texas Quail index.
– Fill out applications for the assortment of Farm Bill Incentive programs to contribute to quail and wildlife habitats on your property, and be sure to submit them.

Quail Hunters
Obviously, quail hunters play their part in the grand scheme of things as well. Here is what you can do:
– Recruit new blood, especially the next generation into quail hunting.
– Band with landowners to promote adoption of habitat management practices.
– Join groups to help promote good quail management methods.
– Become more knowledgeable in your role of hunting in conservation and pass it on to others.

Outdoor and Environmental Enthusiasts
The folks who appreciate the great outdoors and all the wildlife that inhabits therein can join in the efforts as well. With everyone’s contributions, our plan can come to fruition. Check out below the things you can do to help the cause:
– Purchase a hunting license, even if you have no intention of using it. The funds that are generated are used in a variety of conservation programs.
– Promote and contribute to tourism of nature based themes. Doing so can generate additional income to management programs.
– Enlist in groups that cultivate an appreciation for all wildlife.
– Support and contribute as you can to educational efforts to spread the word on quail habitats.

There are simple things you can do to help protect our Texas heritage, including creating quail habitats to help increase the population. Contact your local groups like Texas Heritage Protection to find out more on what you can do to help in this noble quest.