Monday, May 30, 2016

Oklahoma Sportsmen and women: Free Quail, Pheasant Field Day Set June 9 at Kaw WMA

 Landowners and hunters interested in hearing a variety of topics related to the management of bobwhites and ring-necked pheasants are invited to attend a free Quail & Pheasant Field Day from 1 to 5 p.m. June 9 at Kaw Wildlife Management Area.
    Representatives from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and Quail Forever will talk about how prescribed grazing, prescribed burning and disking can be effective habitat enhancement practices when managing for upland game birds.
    In addition, discussions regarding the use of food plots, the control of invasive plant species, and the importance of specific habitat components should be helpful to most landowners. An important part of the field day is the opportunity for attendees to see the results of these practices on the WMA and ask questions about any aspect of quail and pheasant management.
    Hunters who visited Kaw WMA during the 2015-16 quail hunting season might have noticed the quail wing collection boxes throughout the WMA. This Quail & Pheasant Field Day will offer a perfect opportunity to learn about this project and many others.
    For more information about the Kaw WMA Quail & Pheasant Field Day, call Dwayne Elmore at (405) 744-9636, Kyle Johnson at (405) 684-1929, or Kaw WMA biologist Joey McAllister at (405) 823-7936.
    For more information about quail habitat needs in Oklahoma, check out the "Oklahoma Quail Habitat Guide" issue of Outdoor Oklahoma magazine (May/June 2013) as well as the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation website at wildlifedepartment.com.