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Jump-Starting Your Quail Population


By Scott Sudkamp

A question I frequently hear from landowners engaged in quail habitat management programs is whether they should consider using pen-reared birds to get their population started. The short answer is no. In Missouri, it is a violation of the Wildlife Code to release bobwhites for purposes other than dog training or operation of a commercial hunting preserve. The longer answer is that even if it were legal to do so, releasing penned birds to boost wild populations is a losing proposition. Numerous studies from multiple states have proven that stocking upland game birds doesn’t work.

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