There numbers will ebb and flow no matter how you protect them. The birds you see now will be dead in 24 months from lots of different sources. Hunting plays little to no effect in what you will see in 2-3 years.
I understand that. But still, think I'll just leave them be for a while. 3 of the best things in nature to hear are, Quail calling, Turkey gobble and Elk bugle.