Evaluating the Harvest Rate Recommendation for Northern Bobwhites in South Texas

Author(s): D. Abraham Woodard, Leonard A. Brennan, Fidel Hernández, Humberto L. Perotto-Baldivieso, Neal Wilkins, and Andrea Montalvo

Published: August 2022

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The current harvest rate recommendation for northern bobwhites (Colinus virginianus; hereafter, bobwhite) in South Texas, USA is 20% of the autumn population, including crippling loss. This recommendation is based on population simulations of empirical data. We completed the first field evaluation of the 20% harvest recommendation by comparing prehunting and posthunting bobwhite density estimates on a hunted and nonhunted site in South Texas during the 2018–2019, 2019–2020, and 2020–2021 statewide bobwhite hunting seasons in Jim Hogg County, Texas.

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Woodard, D. A., L. A. Brennan, F. Hernández, H. L. Perotto-Baldivieso, N. Wilkins, and A. Montalvo. 2022. Evaluating the harvest rate recommendation for northern bobwhites in South Texas. National Quail Symposium Proceedings 9:225–243. https://doi.org/10.7290/nqsp09fGm6

Sustainable Harvest and Management of Northern Bobwhites