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Outdoors notebook: Oklahoma quail's population might rebound this year

by Ed Godfrey Published: June 22, 2014

State wildlife biologists are optimistic about this year’s quail hatch because of timely rainfall and milder temperatures this spring.

“We’re seeing better conditions now than we’ve seen the past 21/2 years,” said Scott Cox, upland game biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

“There are a lot of birds being heard that haven’t been heard in the past two or three years. We’re optimistic that we’re looking at a good nesting season.”

Oklahoma’s quail population had hit historic lows in recent years, but Cox said landowners were hearing more quail this spring, an indication more birds were on the ground and ready to nest.

Last year in mid-June, researchers who were tracking quail in northwest Oklahoma had not recorded any birds nesting at that point. This year, people in western Oklahoma reported seeing quail chicks in mid-May.

“Right now, with the rainfall and milder temperatures, we’re definitely going to see more birds if we don’t have any catastrophes between July and October,” Cox said.


The Family Outdoor Expo at Crystal Lake in Oklahoma City concludes Sunday.

Hours of the Expo are noon until 5 p.m. at the lake located at 6625 SW 15 off of MacArthur Boulevard. Cost is $10 per car.

Activities at the Expo include fishing, fly fishing demonstrations, fishing simulators, archery, Dutch oven cooking, camping seminars, kayaking and more.

City Care, a non-profit agency in Oklahoma City, manages Crystal Lake, and money raised at the Expo will be used to hold camps for inner city children at the lake.

Food and drink are available for purchase at the Expo from the Hal Smith restaurant group.


A Chandler woman has caught a new lake record channel catfish at Lake Hefner.

Amanda Knight caught the 22.6-pound channel cat at the canal inlet on June 19 using live baitfish.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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