Scaled Quail in the Trans-Pecos
Quail Forecast 2018-19


Summary

Last season scaled quail populations were about average and may have had decent carryover. However, this past spring was dry overall and July rains were limited in distribution. Overall, field reports indicate good hunting opportunities will be limited to those areas that received higher precipitation with good range conditions.

The average number of scaled quail observed and heard per route was 11.8 compared to 21 last year. This below the 15-year mean of 20.6 and is predictive of a below 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 graph and table show the annual mean number of Scaled Quail observed and heard in the Trans-Pecos region from 2004 to 2018 using randomly selected, 20-mile roadside survey lines.

Table of Survey Data for Trans-Pecos
Scaled Quail

Year Mean # Quail
Observed Per Route
15-year Mean
201811.8020.62
201721.0020.62
201648.0720.62
201559.1420.62
20147.4720.62
20139.4420.62
20127.6320.62
20116.3120.62
20107.5020.62
200916.3120.62
20086.6020.62
200728.1320.62
200619.4020.62
200534.4720.62
200426.0020.62