Quail season opens Nov. 10 in Oklahoma but once again, hunters likely will have a hard time finding birds.
“I don’t anticipate the season being much better than last year,” said James Dietsch, founding chairman of the Central Oklahoma 89er chapter of Quail Forever. “I don’t think we made much headway (in the quail population) because of the drought and the heat.”
Dietsch said the quail numbers will not rise until the nesting and reproductive conditions improve for the birds.
Dietsch and other members of the Quail Forever chapter assisted the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and researchers from Oklahoma State University in a post-reproduction quail survey on the Packsaddle and Beaver wildlife management areas in September.
A dog handler, one bird dog and a researcher were dispersed over one mile routes on the wildlife management areas.
“We ran 37 routes (19 at Packsaddle and 18 at Beaver) and detected eight groups of quail for an average of one group per four miles,” Dietsch said. “That translates to a detection about every 2½ hours.”
The average number of birds per group was eight or nine, he said.