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DNR aims to increase quail population
DNR aims to increase quail population

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says they hope a partnership with numerous organizations in the state will boost the quail population.

Earlier this evening several groups signed the Georgia Bobwhite Quail Technical Team Memorandum of Agreement.

It's a mouthful, but what it means is that, DNR will provide free help to farmers or land owners that want to tailor their landscape to make it more quail friendly.

Biologists fear that the bird's habitat is disappearing and they want to put a plan in place to boost the numbers.

DNR Ranger Reggie Thackson says some simple steps could make a difference across the board.

" Some of the habitat practices that will restore bobwhite populations are field borders around crop fields, thinning and burning woodlands, pine stands in particular," Thackston said. "And the great thing is that it not only helps bobwhites, bobwhites are like a poster child for a whole group of species that includes gopher tortoises song birds and honeybees. "

The groups plan to pay for the plan through the sale of GOHUNT state vanity plates.

Quail season runs from now until February 28th.

And speaking of hunting: Duck season begins this Saturday.

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