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Research Summary: Evaluation of Northern Bobwhite and Scaled Quail in Western Oklahoma #7981220 09/20/20 04:46 PM
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Research Summary: Evaluation of Northern Bobwhite and Scaled Quail in Western Oklahoma



- Quail numbers fluctuate wildly in Oklahoma as weather conditions change between years.
- Even in good habitat, quail survival is low each year and many different factors contribute to the low survival.
- Nest initiations fluctuated dramatically depending on the weather, but nest success was high where habitat was adequate.
- Quail have the capacity to produce large numbers of young and have multiple strategies to accomplish this.
- Brood counts are misleading indicators of quail reproductive success as chicks move between broods.
- Temperature is an important component of habitat, and quail are responsive to it.
- Having variable plant structure and composition is important to provide cover, including thermal cover, for quail. - Quail used different species of shrubs at different times of the year.
- Quail were associated with shrubs throughout the year. While shrubs are essential for quail habitat, shrub patches larger than about 5 acres tended to be avoided.
- Prescribed fire is important to maintain habitat for quail long-term, but it was found there was minimal short-term effects on quail in a shinnery oak plant community.
- Surface water can concentrate quail, but no evidence was found that water led to an increase in the number of quail.
- Disking may not be worth the effort for quail management in far western Oklahoma.
- Using bird dogs to estimate quail density (through mathematical models) can be an alternative to fall covey listening surveys.
- Little evidence was found of an impact to quail from low to moderate levels of energy development.

Re: Research Summary: Evaluation of Northern Bobwhite and Scaled Quail in Western Oklahoma [Re: Whiptail] #7984392 09/22/20 09:04 PM
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Thanks a bunch for posting. I found THF while looking for the Texas quail county.


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Re: Research Summary: Evaluation of Northern Bobwhite and Scaled Quail in Western Oklahoma [Re: Whiptail] #7984799 09/23/20 02:13 AM
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Glad you found it interesting.

These two were the most interesting to me because several WMAs do both of them but their quail numbers don't seem very good.

- Surface water can concentrate quail, but no evidence was found that water led to an increase in the number of quail.
- Disking may not be worth the effort for quail management in far western Oklahoma.

Re: Research Summary: Evaluation of Northern Bobwhite and Scaled Quail in Western Oklahoma [Re: Whiptail] #7985173 09/23/20 01:56 PM
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Very interesting and somewhat surprising.
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Re: Research Summary: Evaluation of Northern Bobwhite and Scaled Quail in Western Oklahoma [Re: Whiptail] #7985596 09/23/20 07:17 PM
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very good read!!

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