National Quail Symposium Proceedings


Six avid quail hunters had an average daily harvest rate of 6.39 (4.97-8.55) and average seasonal harvest of 298 (116-530); they averaged 47 (28-60) hunts or days afield per year for a period of 2-10 years. The avid hunters averaged three to four hunts per week, and the hunts lasted three to four hours. Two hunters often had hunting guests, and the total season harvest by guests averaged 117 (63-211) with one hunter and 121 (56-178) with the other hunter. A seventh avid quail hunter usually had quests, with an average hunting party of 2.45; they harvested an average of 449 (388-510) quail per year over a two year period. Quail harvested per hour of effort ranged from 0.95 to 2.2 . Harvest rates and efforts of avid quail hunters were much greater than those of average quail hunters depicted in hunter mail questionnaire surveys.