2015 - 2016 Quail Hunting
November 26, 2015 - March 5, 2016; Daily Bag Limit: 8 quail.
2015 - 2016 Season Outlook
Statewide, quail populations
remain low relative to significant hunting opportunity, although
localized areas do exhibit more abundant populations. Populations
are expected to be similar to last year. Until late summer,
adequate rainfall throughout much of the state should have provided
good growing conditions for vegetation and insect production for
nesting and brood-rearing. Sighting of relatively large brood
groups have been reported from areas with large amounts of suitable
habitat, suggesting good reproduction this summer. Areas that are
regularly managed with prescribed fire and have an abundance of
native grasses, wildflowers, and low shrub cover have potential to
support and produce quail. Birds will move to thicker cover during
the winter, and hunters may not find birds in more open cover.
Significant habitat management opportunity exists throughout much
of the state, but more large-scale habitat improvement is required
to provide sustainable hunting opportunities.