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Researchers at North Carolina State University have completed a four-year study to determine the impacts of pesticides and ditch bank cover on quail populations in eastern North Carolina. This article presents the findings.
One of the state's noblest traditions--quail hunting--is in danger of extinction. Prior to the 1970s, more than 175,000 hunters came to the state and harvested between 2.2 and 2.8 million quail. During the 1995 season only 28,000 hunters harvested 225,000 quail. Jones discusses reasons for the decline and whether it can be reversed. In the state quail are declining at 6.2 percent per year from 1982 to 1991.
Squirrels are still a favorite game animal for many North Carolina hunters, and they are found in all three of the state's geographic divisions. The squirrel is a small, tough, and agile creature, and getting it requires good basic hunting skills. Padgett describes hunting seasons and ways landowners can attract squirrels to their property.
The habitat of the fox squirrel, the larger and more colorful relative of the gray squirrel, has declined in the Southeastern Coastal Plain through unrestricted logging and a lack of controlled burning. Jones reports on a restoration project to begin at Cherry Point during January and February, 1997.