Alabama - Fairly Positive Outlook for ‘Bama Bobs

Forecast: Carrie Johnson, wildlife biologist for the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, notes positive reports of good bobwhite numbers from several areas across the state this year. The state's optimistic forecast is most likely due to the mild 2011/12 winter, as well as an early breeding season.

Hunters in the "Heart of Dixie" should look to Blue Springs Wildlife Management Area, Geneva State Forest Wildlife Management Area, Mulberry Fork Wildlife Management Area, Swan Creek-Mallard Fox Creek Wildlife Management Area, and the Barbour Wildlife Management Area for the state's best public land quail habitat.

Johnson continued, “The hunting outlook for the year is fairly positive given current information, with several landowners having reported birds on their land for the first time in several years.”

The state is in the process of conducting fall covey counts on management areas. Spring point counts were conducted on Barbour WMA and Johnson reports a noticeable increase in the number of quail observed through those surveys. More information will be available on soon.

Season Dates: November 10, 2012 through February 28, 2013
Daily Bag Limit: 12
Possession Limit: 12
Field Notes: Alabama has several habitat restoration projects that are ongoing and should benefit quail. One of note is on Barbour Wildlife Management Area. The Barbour County WMA Longleaf Initiative was started about 6 years ago to restore Longleaf Pine to this area. A monitoring project was started last year to monitor response by quail and all other birds annually within the restoration area.

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