Nebraska – Mixed Outlook due to Drought

Forecast: Bobwhite populations have begun to rebound from the losses caused by the winter of 2009-2010, and with the mild winter of 2011 and 2012, Dr. Jeffery Lusk of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission thinks there was good over-winter survival; however, extreme drought and heat during late spring and summer undoubtedly impacted production. Whistle counts were conducted from mid-June through mid-July, and overall, counts were comparable to 2011 and indicated increases in the southeast and east central regions.

Overall, there is a mixed hunting outlook for Nebraska’s 2012/13 quail hunting season. Spring surveys indicated populations at or above the 2011 indices, but extreme heat and drought undoubtedly impacted production. Dr. Lusk suggests hunters travel to southeast and south central portions of Nebraska to find the best opportunities for quail hunting this year.

Season Dates: October 27, 2012 through January 31, 2013
Daily Bag Limit: 6
Possession Limit: 24
Field Notes: Most public wildlife management areas within the range of the Northern Bobwhite are managed for early successional habitat for quail and pheasants. Nebraska also has a Walk-In hunting program, called Open Fields & Waters, which leases private land for public hunting and fishing. Many of these walk-in areas are also managed for upland game.

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