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On bobwhites
Guthery, Fred S.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
College Station : Texas A&M University Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
x, 213 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Life and times -- Management -- Populations and harvest -- Issues and philosophies.
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QL696.G27 G88 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Bobwhite quail are one of America's favorite game birds. Healthy coveys of bobwhites indicate healthy land, and because quail hunting can bring in valuable income, landowners and game managers value these birds and encourage them wherever the habitat is suitable.

Although biologists have studied bobwhites since the 1920s and have amassed an awesome base of information about this species, their knowledge has not been made widely available to landowners, hunters, and other lay readers. The questions that arise during periods of reflection after a hunt or in discussions around a campfire already have answers, but these, too often, are all buried in the scientific literature.

Fred S. Guthery, one of the leading experts on bobwhite quail in the Southwest and southern Midwest, provides a wealth of useful and interesting information in this very readable, well-organized single volume. He offers new experiences and perspectives based on the latest research, along with a review of his well-known writings and insights from the past fifteen years of observation.

Guthery has concentrated most of his work on the Southwest, but this book provides information about all the areas that bobwhite inhabit and also includes information on the related species, Gambel's quail. Because the biology of quail and the principles of their management are very general, the information presented in this book can be applied everywhere bobwhites are known.

Wildlife managers, landowners, hunters, and anyone else interested in ensuring that quail thrive on their property will find this an accessible and valuable contribution by a leader in the field.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

These 55 short essays on bobwhite quail are arranged into four major sections: "Life and Times" (basic quail biology); "Management"; "Populations and Harvest"; and "Issues and Philosophies." The book is clearly aimed at quail enthusiasts, whether they be hunters, landowners with an interest in quail management, or scientists. The writing is straightforward, clear, and highly readable. Mostly, Guthery (forestry, Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater) succeeds brilliantly in reducing often confusing and complicated scientific concepts to easily understood prose. His technique of limiting each essay to a single concept is particularly effective. Everyone interested in quail (of any kind) or in management of lands for upland wildlife will benefit from this book. All levels. S. W. Harris; emeritus, Humboldt State University