Bobwhite and Scaled Quail in the Rolling Plains
Quail Forecast 2017-18


Summary

Populations remained high through the end of last season resulting in great carryover into the breeding season and across the summer. Spring to summer conditions in the Rolling Plains provided average to below average habitat conditions that has resulted in a decrease over last year’s numbers. Field reports of fewer broods compared to last year also suggest an overall decrease in production. Bobwhite quail hunting prospects look slightly above average based on high carryover and limited production. An above average hunting experience in Texas is better than most any place in the country.  

The average number of bobwhites observed per route was 23.2 compared to 50.2 last year. Although this is a significant drop, this year’s index is above the long term mean (LTM) of 21. Public hunting opportunities can be found at the Gene Howe and the Matador Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) where staff surveys have documented average numbers of quail relative to past years. 

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Chart of Survey Data for Rolling Plains
Bobwhite Quail

The following table and graph show observed numbers of Bobwhite Quail in the Rolling Plains region from 1978 to 2017 using randomly selected, 20-mile roadside survey lines.

Table of Survey Data for Rolling Plains
Bobwhite Quail

Year Mean # quail
Observed per route
Long term mean
201723.1620.97
201650.2420.97
201537.9820.97
20147.3620.97
20132.8020.97
20123.4820.97
20115.3220.97
20108.0220.97
20096.6420.97
200818.5320.97
200721.0520.97
200613.9820.97
200537.3720.97
200422.6920.97
200324.1120.97
200215.8620.97
200112.0720.97
200016.6620.97
199911.6620.97
199818.7420.97
199724.8620.97
19968.0720.97
199512.3320.97
199415.3520.97
199341.0220.97
199240.0020.97
199123.2020.97
199013.3520.97
198913.6520.97
198823.1020.97
198749.2520.97
198634.4420.97
198515.9820.97
19848.3220.97
198330.3220.97
198232.6320.97
198134.7220.97
198021.9320.97
197919.0020.97
197819.3620.97

Chart of Survey Data for Rolling Plains
Scaled Quail

The following table and graph show observed numbers of Scaled Quail in the region from 1978 to 2017 using randomly selected, 20-mile roadside survey lines.

Table of Survey Data for
Scaled Quail

Year Mean # quail
Observed per route
Long term mean
20173.583.30
20163.943.30
20153.093.30
20140.553.30
20130.063.30
20120.093.30
20110.003.30
20100.823.30
20090.003.30
20080.413.30
20071.483.30
20063.703.30
20053.783.30
20041.213.30
20032.643.30
20023.153.30
20012.913.30
20000.303.30
19991.213.30
19980.313.30
19970.063.30
19960.883.30
19950.443.30
19940.003.30
19930.393.30
19922.643.30
19910.883.30
19900.873.30
19892.503.30
19883.043.30
19877.553.30
19867.263.30
19856.223.30
19847.093.30
19835.063.30
198219.503.30
19819.443.30
19802.733.30
19799.163.30
197813.093.30