Scaled Quail in the Trans-Pecos
Quail Forecast 2017-18


Summary

Last season scaled quail populations remained well above average for the second year in a row. Based on carryover and average production hunters can expect a good season this year. Overall, field reports indicate our survey may be an underestimate based on many sightings of large coveys with multiple age classes of chicks.  

The average number of scaled quail observed per route was 16.6 compared to 30.5 last year. This slightly above the LTM of 16.2 and is predictive of an average year in the Trans Pecos. Public hunter opportunities can be found at Elephant Mountain and Black Gap Wildlife Management Areas where staff have observed above average scaled quail populations.

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Chart of Survey Data for Trans-Pecos
Scaled Quail

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

Table of Survey Data for Trans-Pecos
Scaled Quail

Year Mean # quail
Observed per route
Long term mean
201716.6016.25
201630.5216.25
201527.8916.25
20145.6316.25
20137.6816.25
20126.2116.25
20116.3116.25
20104.5716.25
200912.0516.25
20086.1316.25
200726.2516.25
200614.9516.25
200529.0516.25
200419.6416.25
200314.0516.25
200210.2416.25
200117.6716.25
200013.4716.25
199920.7616.25
19989.0616.25
199714.5916.25
19965.5616.25
19953.9416.25
19944.0616.25
19938.8916.25
199227.5016.25
19917.2416.25
19903.1916.25
19897.6316.25
198813.1316.25
198727.8916.25
198619.7416.25
198525.4216.25
198412.0516.25
198315.7416.25
198227.2816.25
198144.4716.25
198011.2816.25
197951.3716.25
197820.3716.25