More readers responded Monday to my Sunday stories about the poor quail hunting season in Oklahoma.
“Although I believe the numbers are down from last year it is not as bad as everyone is making out to be. We have killed a three-person limit three times, a two-person limit four times and I have limited out two times while hunting by myself.
“I think the fewest I have killed on any hunt this year is six. However, I do believe it is down some from last year and I don’t believe it will ever be as good as it used to be.
“I figure it will remain steady, with a huntable population like the last two years but will probably never rebound to the great years.” – John George, owner of the rockinGkennel in Newalla, breeder of black and white German shorthairs.“
The Wildlife Department’s claims that habitat is what has changed in Oklahoma to diminish the quail population is hogwash. What have the changes been to western Oklahoma’s habitat over the last 25 years? I don’t observe any and the western Oklahoma quail are almost gone just like the rest of the state.” – David Wood of Oklahoma City.
“We have had a pretty good quail season here at the Selman Ranch Lodge. Best year in over four years with an average of five to eight coveys per day. Not a banner year but I have stayed busy. I still hold with the weather and habitat theory.” – Sue Selman, owner of the Selman Ranch near Buffalo.
“I saw quail before the season and have seen one bird since. I drive back roads every day. We have plenty of turkeys and wild hogs are on the increase but no quail.” – Tommy Pitts of Fairview.
“Wanted to let you know, I went pheasant hunting near Blackwell on Saturday, and to my surprise, we jumped at least one or more coveys of quail at each place. All with 15 birds or more in the group.
“Hunted the same places last year, and only remember jumping one covey. We shot at the covey on the rise, but then let them go after that. Managed to get four quail and four pheasant. Lots of pheasant around! So at least some areas still have some birds around. – Daryl Osmus, Edmond