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Texas Ranchers working on Bobwhite Quail Restoration

Date: 07/02/15

Reposted from Texas Public Radio, by David Martin Davies, Feb 27, 2015


A major challenge for quail is traditional cattle ranching practices – those giant pastures of turf grass and coastal look like a desert for the quail. Texas rancher Seeligson joined with his neighbor ranchers to form a co-op called the Post Oak quail group where they all are setting aside ranch land for quail – together they represent 20 thousand acres in Karnes and Wilson Counties with restored Texas savannah habitats  Which also works out well for raising cattle.

Also, If a rancher has quail on his land that can also become a money maker with the hunting community.

Ranchers in the Blackland Prairie and Post Oak Savannah regions of east-central Texas can receive support for quail and other upland gamebird habitat restoration practices through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's "Pastures for Upland Birds Program."  TPWD will provide herbicides, native grass and forb seed mixtures, technical guidance, and a no-till seeder (as available). The participating landowner will provide labor associated with any pretreatments (grazing, prescribed burning, etc.), herbiciding, native plant seeding, or any supplemental treatments identified by the project plan. 

PUB management practices will typically include appropriate herbicide treatments to kill the exotic grasses followed by no-till drilling of native and forb seed mixtures. Supplemental treatments may include the ground tilling, specialized herbicide treatments, and planting of temporary row crops and/or cover crops. 

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