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Quail Population Trends in Mississippi

 
Wildlife Management Areas
 
Following are 5-year results of quail call-counts conducted on selected Wildlife Management Areas during June. Average quail count represents average number of calling quail counted on survey points distributed across each area (the same survey points are counted each year). Most areas have about 20 points from which observers count numbers of whistling males. These counts are conducted on WMAs with upland habitat management potential. However, actual quail habitat quality varies substantially. Data should be interpreted somewhat cautiously. Calling activity can vary within and among years, and many routes are surveyed just one time. Early hot weather and frequent rain storms limited the number of ideal days for call counts during 2019 in particular. In areas of favorable habitat, there were good reports of brood sightings into late summer 2019. Evaluating several years of breeding season call-count data provides relative population trends on a given area.
* Charles Ray Nix WMA is currently closed to quail hunting; bird dog training is allowed during month of February.
** Ward Bayou WMA has a relatively small area of longleaf pine suitable for quail; only four count-points within this area.
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