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Old 12-05-2018, 11:39 AM   #1
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You guys that are out in the woods a lot. I was wondering if you have run into less quail or possibly more quail, in the last 5 years. Every year I hunt them and really enjoy it a lot. I hunt alone all the time and only have my experiences to judge what I think is going on. Anything you have to say would be appreciated. Thanks
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Old 12-05-2018, 11:47 AM   #2
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About 5 years ago in Blackwater, I came up on a covey, had to have been 75+ birds. Damn near gave me a heart attack when they busted. Anyway, there is ZERO there in that same area now.
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Old 12-05-2018, 11:55 AM   #3
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I have ran into a lot more quail since BW started the Quail Enhancement zone. I had a lot below my stand this year and scared the ever living shit out of me when they flew off.
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Old 12-05-2018, 05:03 PM   #4
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Just had a covey get up just a few minutes ago when I was walking in to the stand, scared me wasn’t expecting that at all


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Old 12-05-2018, 05:53 PM   #5
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About 5 years ago in Blackwater, I came up on a covey, had to have been 75+ birds. Damn near gave me a heart attack when they busted. Anyway, there is ZERO there in that same area now.
I came up on a few coveys like in blackwater about 6-7 years ago. I figured they were released birds.
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I have a covey of 20+- on my 16 acres, damn things scare me every time i go to my food plot.
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Old 12-05-2018, 06:52 PM   #7
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too many yotes, bobcats and coons, most are gone on the lease in Bay County
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:40 AM   #8
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I haven't heard a single "Bob-white" in the past 10 years here. I saw exactly 2 Quail last year. I kept bird dogs for years and hunted a lot. My dog pointed between my house and our mailbox more than once. Most of the time we started out hunting from the house rather than driving somewhere in the truck.

Lots of houses out here now but that shouldn't have any impact on the Quail. They always did fine where they weren't being hunted much.

Coyotes, feral house cats, Fire Ants and, likely diseases brought in with released birds have decimated the population here.
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:08 AM   #9
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Dove and quail populations both are not even remotely what they were. I used to keep track of my hunts. Dove hunting, it was never unusual to get the limit in less than 20 minutes. It was also never unusual to see 5 to 10 coveys of quail by lunch. Limit most times. Those days are gone. The fence row coveys were knocked way down during the boll weevil eradication. Yotes are a huge killer. More pressure on less land also figures in.
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I also have to agree with MaxxT. From someone that has targeted coyotes outside of hunting deer. Florida has shot them self in the foot when it comes to predator management. With public lands you can only kill bobcats during a few selected months, coyotes you can only kill during small game season and deer season. Foxes you can't kill at all, bears you can't kill. Coons well a lot of people don't hunt those in general.

Want a good turkey, deer, and quail population. Allow hunters to hunt these predators outside of deer season like so many other states allow.
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