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Tuesday, November 9, 2021
2021 Quail Hunting Season Outlooks Show Statewide Index Up 23% from 2020
August surveys give biologists an idea of breeding success, while October surveys reveal a glimpse of recruitment for the fall hunting season.

Typically, August's survey numbers are a less reliable hunting season predictor than October’s since some chicks will not survive through the summer. Long-term and year-to-year trends are important for sportsmen and sportswomen, and biologists alike. The last decade has seen survey numbers cycle starting lower in 2010 and slowly rising to a peak in 2016 that quickly fell back to previous lows. The data are analyzed in two ways: by region and by ecoregion. Looking at the data by both groupings can help researchers understand the causes of change in quail numbers. This year, we are seeing the statewide average quail index up by 23 percent over 2020.

Regionally, the northwest, southwest, and north-central regions showed an increase over the 2020 counts. In August, only two regions of the state were up over 2020’s survey numbers. However, in October, three of the six regions are up going into the season.

Hunters taking to the field will likely find patches with fair quail numbers where reproduction was not as severely impacted by weather, and where habitat remains in favorable condition. Hunting will not be what it was at the last observed peak in production in 2016, but we expect hunters to find birds throughout the state.

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