2018-03-22 / Outdoors

Getting to know the northern bobwhite

Quail, also known as northern bobwhite, will hold a prominent place among hunters at Hidden Covert in Solon Township.

According to information provided by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, northern bobwhites are year-round residents in open habitats of southeastern North America. They live in agricultural fields, grasslands, open pine or pine-hardwood forests, and grass-brush rangelands as far north as Massachusetts and southern Ontario, and as far west as southeastern Wyoming and eastern New Mexico.

They seem to avoid mature woodlands, inhabiting instead the early stages of regrowth after a fire, farming, logging, or other disturbances.

Mature birds are about 10 inches in height and weigh about 6-8 ounces.

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