Before a game species can be managed properly, it is necessary to have a knowledge of its mobility patterns. The radius of mobility from a center will determine minimum range requirements for the game bird or mammal. Some of the earliest banding studies (Stoddard, 1931) indicated that nearly half of the quail spent their life-spans within a quarter mile of their birth places. Few ever wandered more than a mile. Later studies in other parts of the country (Duck, 1943; Lehmann, 1946; Murphy and Baskett, 1952) have shown that quail make longer movements. Because of these varying movement records in different parts of the country, trapping and banding studies were carried on in Iowa on a 3,320-acre study plot of the Decatur County Quail Research Area during the winters of 1951-1952 (Gooden, 1952), 1952-1953, and 1953-1954, to determine the seasonal movement patterns of Iowa quail.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
Winter Movements and Covey Composition of the Eastern Bob-White
Boehnke, Roger H.
"Winter Movements and Covey Composition of the Eastern Bob-White,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 61(1), 500-503.
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