Wildlife & Hunting

Quail Population Trends in Mississippi

Wildlife Management Areas
Following are 3-year results of quail call-counts, by region, conducted on Wildlife Management Areas during June. Average quail count represents average number of calling quail counted on survey points distributed across each area (the same survey points are counted each year). These counts are conducted on WMAs with upland habitat management potential. However, actual quail habitat quality varies substantially. Data should be interpreted somewhat cautiously. Calling activity can vary within and among years, and many routes are surveyed just one time. Evaluating several years of breeding season call-count data provides relative population trends on a given area.
* Closed to quail hunting, but dog training dates available per regulations.
** Quail hunting by special permit only; dog training dates also available per regulations.
Quail Counts from Dove Survey Routes
The mourning dove survey was cancelled by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2014. Following are previous 5-year results of quail call-counts conducted on dove survey routes during late May each year in North, Central, and South Mississippi. Average quail count represents average number of calling quail counted on 20-mile routes (20 counting points on each route) in each region. Although seasonal timing may not always be optimal for quail calling activity, this provides regional data for yearly trend comparisons at no extra cost. Data should be interpreted cautiously. Calling activity likely begins slightly earlier in the year in South Mississippi. There is also yearly variation (2012 was an early spring while 2013 was a late spring, for example). Landscapes where these routes are conducted are not selected in regard to quail habitat suitability and thus may be thought of as quail indices for average Mississippi landscapes within the region.