Quail season is about over, what to do next?

Quail season is about over, what to do next?

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    Quail season is about over, what to do next?

    The countdown is on!

    Pheasant season has come to a close, and quail season is in the final stretch. Hunters in northwestern parts of the state are still reporting better numbers than this time last year.

    Pheasant season closed Jan. 31. Quail season will end Feb. 15. If you have not had the opportunity to hunt this year, now is your chance. Wildlife management areas and Oklahoma Land Access Program (OLAP) properties in northwestern Oklahoma will offer the best chance at finding a few coveys to wrap up the 2019-20 season.

    Quail enthusiasts will soon shift focus from harvest to management; working to improve areas for quail begins now. Here are a few things landowners and managers can do to start making improvements for quail on their property. Stay tuned for more information on habitat management ideas in March.

    1. Install and maintain firebreaks:

    Firebreaks are a great way to protect property from wildfire, but they also provide a greater level of safety for prescribed burns. Prescribed burning provides a better mix of forbs and grasses that quail need, while also slowly reducing canopy cover.
    2. Remove Eastern redcedars:

    Eastern redcedars are a nuisance species in the state. An adult tree can use up to 22 gallons of water per day, hold several gallons on its branches every time it rains, and put chemicals in the ground to prevent other plants from growing nearby, which also causes more serious erosion.
    Removing redcedars can be done with prescribed fire, hydraulic saws or nippers, or simply cut them off below the lowest branch. Cedars are quite volatile and are a cause of wildfires getting out of hand. Ultimately, it is best to burn the redcedars to get them off a property, whether standing or cut down.
    3. Control the spread of "improved" grasses such as Bermuda or fescue:

    These grasses remove habitat that could otherwise be good for quail. From a quail’s perspective, these grasses might as well be a parking lot.
    4. Start thinking about prescribed fire:

    Using prescribed fire can be the most effective tool to improve a property for quail. Planning is the key to ensure a prescribed fire goes well and is done safely. Historically, most of Oklahoma experienced fires about every four years. Keeping a property within this four-year cycle helps safeguard the property from the effects of wildfire.
    Prescribed fire is one of the primary tools used to manage the Department’s wildlife management areas.
    Ultimately, get out there. Work some ground over the next couple of weeks, trust your dogs, and make a memory. Enjoy Outdoor Oklahoma!

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    I have a pair of tree trimmers under my feeder on my truck and I stop and cut every cedar under 3 inches in diameter. Usually try to take one day each winter month and chainsaw those bigger than 3 inches and on the occasion when my teenage daughters decide to disrespect an adult or fight with each other they get dropped off with a pair of trimmers each and a 2 gallon garden sprayer with Crossbow in for hedge tree stump spraying. You would be surprised how well they get along and how respectful they are after a few days of that. I hate blackberries, hedges and cedars.


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    Over the years when walking the fields behind the dogs, If I came on to a young cedar tree it got pushed over with the foot and a 12 ga load right at the base where it entered the ground to get it out of the field. Removed hundreds that way over the years.
    What really helps is that the neighbor is also relentless in making sure his property is eastern red cedar free.
    I use controlled burns as well to get some of the underbrush burnt away to create loafing areas and make bugging easier the young chicks can get to. Burn 1/4 of it every year, cycling among the other quarters in alternating years.
    I'm thinking Murphs method of discipline would keep those kids inline. Got a good laugh out of that one.
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    They always get the choice of 3 things. Cutting trees, picking up BIG rocks on the county road while I drive the Polaris at a steady pace or the Board of discipline. They hate the rocks because I have been known to dump them then change my mind and want them loaded up to put some where else and they now say that their too old to get their butt busted so it’s usually cutting trees. You are lucky having neighbors who also do some control. We have a neighbor who borders us for about 6 fence miles along several pastures that does nothing to control cedar, hedge, blackberry, multi-floral rose or buck brush. He is absolutely, positively against any fires and it shows. We were burning next to him one year and had a dust devil kick up and it was solid fire to the top. We watched as it went across the back burn fire guard full of fire and caught his pasture on fire. By the time we got it out it had gone maybe a quarter mile. To this day you can still tell where the area that burnt is due to there being no cedars or brush. Next the area that burnt the cedars are 6 to 10 feet tall. Just hard to figure some people out.


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    I hear ya. On our travels to OKC or Tulsa I see areas that have been cleared of Eastern Red cedar with new growth of the same coming back at a time the owner could either burn or brush hog them off the property. After a few years, it will take mechanized equipment to clear them. I don't understand it.
    That being said our home in western Osage county is surrounded by Eastern red cedars that are taking over the blackjack forest. All the neighbors fault. They let me cut what I want and I do cut some to take to Kaw lake for crappie shelters but I can't and won't clear their land for them unless they want to pay rental on some equipment. I'd do it for fun with them picking up the tab though. I love working with heavy equipment.
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    Dennis I’m surprised you don’t go out to Arizona this time of year for some cues deer, quail and small game hunting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullbuster View Post
    Dennis I’m surprised you don’t go out to Arizona this time of year for some cues deer, quail and small game hunting.
    That may not be out of the picture down the road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dennishoddy View Post
    I hear ya. On our travels to OKC or Tulsa I see areas that have been cleared of Eastern Red cedar with new growth of the same coming back at a time the owner could either burn or brush hog them off the property. After a few years, it will take mechanized equipment to clear them. I don't understand it.
    That being said our home in western Osage county is surrounded by Eastern red cedars that are taking over the blackjack forest. All the neighbors fault. They let me cut what I want and I do cut some to take to Kaw lake for crappie shelters but I can't and won't clear their land for them unless they want to pay rental on some equipment. I'd do it for fun with them picking up the tab though. I love working with heavy equipment.
    I'd quit my job if I could make a living cutting down red cedar trees! I've always hated those trees.
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    I'm gonna cut my dogs' rations

    Dust off the treadmill

    Clean my shotguns, dog trailer and my truck.

    Wash and repair my hunting clothes.

    Download my GPS tracks and update my covey maps.

    Then I'm going to pour three fingers of bourbon into a rocks glass, sit down at the computer and start planning where I'm going to hunt next September.
    And why, today, remember misses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelulu View Post
    I'm gonna cut my dogs' rations

    Dust off the treadmill

    Clean my shotguns, dog trailer and my truck.

    Wash and repair my hunting clothes.

    Download my GPS tracks and update my covey maps.

    Then I'm going to pour three fingers of bourbon into a rocks glass, sit down at the computer and start planning where I'm going to hunt next September.

    Arizona has 3 species of quail. Randy Newberg has some good Arizona bird hunts recently posted.
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