Ohio – Drought Continues Hard Times for Buckeye Bobs

Forecast: Following several winters of heavy snowfall and cold temperature, Ohio experienced a relatively mild winter in 2011-12, reports Nathan Stricker, project leaders for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Division of Wildlife. While a warm and dry spring was initially promising for the Buckeye state’s quail population, dry conditions continued into the summer as it did for much of the Midwest turning the weather windfall into a curse.

Unfortunately, roadside whistle counts suggested populations declined for the fourth year in a row in Ohio. While this year’s population was down only about 6% from last year, habitat loss continues to be a serious issue for bobwhite populations due to expiring CRP and other land conservation programs as producers take advantage of high corn and soybean prices.

Stricker states “These continued habitat losses and several recent winters with lots of snow cover likely mean that quail will be harder to find, but local hotspots are out there.” Brown and Highland Counties in southwest Ohio continue to have the strongest populations in the state.

Season Dates: Nov. 2-Nov. 25, 2012 in ONLY the following 16 counties: Adams, Athens, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Highland, Jackson, Meigs, Montgomery, Pike, Preble, Ross, Scioto, Vinton, and Warren.
Daily Bag Limit: 4
Possession Limit: NA
Field Notes: Ohio still has several thousand acres of the popular CP33 available for landowners wanting to add cover for their coveys.

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