New Jersey's Public Hunting Lands

46er

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Small game opens this Saturday, the dog is already in the back of the truck. Now if only there were some native birds around..... :(
 

RednekF350

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Small game opens this Saturday, the dog is already in the back of the truck. Now if only there were some native birds around..... :(
I have had springers for over 20 years but I gave up on native birds around 1991.
Haven't seen a quail down here since 1991 and grouse are gone too.
I refuse to hunt pen raised birds in a WMA with the Orange Army.
At least springers are great all around companions in the woods.
 

46er

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There are some quail around, mostly on private land and the refuges. The quail they have been stocking lately aren;t too bad, a lot better than the ones the division raised in Forked River, at least they can fly. I hunt the off days during stocking time and prefer after January rolls around, rarely see much orange. Grouse are virtually non-existent, I've bumped only a couple in the last 5 years. Never cared for pheasant. So that leaves Tmberdoodles :) We used to breed Brittanies, down to one dog now and he's pushing 11. I think once he's gone I'll call it quits.

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46er

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For those that are interested, this is a worthwhile organization.
http://www.njquailproject.org/
Y-Buc Bill from this site is involved. The state is getting involved as well.
I'm glad to see some emphasis being placed on the quail project. Joe Matter was pretty much carrying it all at one time. There is some evidence from the northwest that rebuilding wild quail stocks can work. Again, it was one person that started it all, got permits to trap wild birds and release them in his state and was very successful at it. Lost the links but I think it was in either Washington or Oregon. But bobwhites here are a whole different issue.
 

46er

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Quail, specifically Northern Bobwhite Quail, are in decline in all of their home range. Lots of opinions why, no studies that I am aware of that have nailed down the reason. Most popular is loss of habitat here in NJ. NJ Audubon conducts surveys that have documentedthe decline. As it regards hunting, quail and pheasant are pretty much a put and take affair with little hold over. I would like to see an effort made to stock the birds in the early spring, prior to breeding season, and study whether their numbers might increase, but that has a slim to none chance of happening.

The last 22 years of hunter harvest surveys. Some of the decline is due to a reduction in hunter participation the past several years.

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/pdf/small_gameharv_summary.pdf
 

MartGBC

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There is a decline because there are fewer places to hunt. Many of the farms and fields hunted in the past now have houses on them. Every where my dad would take me now have developements.
 

Teegate

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There is a decline because there are fewer places to hunt. Many of the farms and fields hunted in the past now have houses on them. Every where my dad would take me now have developements.
Well said!

Guy
 

Y-BUC-BILL

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There is a group of us headed by Chairman Joe Matter that is moving forward with restoring the wild Quail in our State.The Audubon Society,Ducks Unlimited,Waste Management,Quail Unlimited ,the Division of Fish and Wildlife and various Farmers our working with us.We have a general meeting each month which is open to everyone interested in our Quail Project.The next meeting will be held at the Square Circle Sportsmens Club in Gibbsboro at 7:30 pm.Nov.17