Projects search for answers on quail decline

The good news is that Texas Tech University is entering the quail research game with the enthusiasm of a young English pointer just released from a dog trailer. The Quail Tech Alliance is organizing an ambitious project called the Anchor Ranch Program.

Written by: Jessica Behnham

Quail season fittingly began on Halloween, and it looks like another trick-or-treat sort of a season. Many veteran bird hunters wait until cooler weather when bird dogs can run without overheating and with less chance of encountering rattlesnakes.

Most of the reports trickling in from early quail hunts ranged from mediocre to dismal. There were a few good reports, and there are always more birds than you think. Hunting success will pick up by Thanksgiving but a pall has descended on bobwhite quail hunters concerned over the steady decline of their favorite game bird.

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