National Quail Symposium Proceedings


We evaluated the efficiency of bait trapping and night lighting for capturing northern bobwhites (Colinus virginianus) from October 1993-March 1996 in central Missouri. Fifty-two percent of all birds were captured in bait traps and 48% were captured by night lighting. Of all birds captured for the first time, 59% were captured by trapping and 41 % by night lighting, demonstrating the value of using both techniques to capture a large sample size in a limited time. Four percent of all birds captured died before being released. Of the bait-trapped birds, 4% died in the trap and 1 % died during processing. Of the night-lighted birds,