Beef, Brush, and Bobwhites: Quail Management in Cattle Country

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Texas A&M University Press, Feb 27, 2012 - Nature - 288 pages

In this completely revised Texas A&M University Press edition, Guthery and coauthor Fidel Hernández have breathed new life into a classic work that for more than twenty years has been teaching biologists, managers, and ranchers to "think like a quail."

Updated with the latest research on quail habitat management, predator control, and recent issues such as aflatoxin contamination, Hernández and Guthery help land stewards understand the optimum conditions for encouraging and sustaining quail populations while continuing to manage rangeland for cattle production. Written in a style that is entertaining and easy to read, this book is, in Guthery’s words, "meant to be kept on the dashboard of your pickup." More than 150 helpful photographs and figures, along with supporting tables, accompany the text.

In his foreword to this edition of Beef, Brush, and Bobwhites, respected Texas wildlife photographer Wyman Meinzer writes of how the calls of a covey of bobwhites—or the unfortunate absence of those calls—can remind us "that wildlife and habitat conservation is directly proportional to the quality of stewardship that we bestow on the land."

 

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Contents

The Colin Cosmos
1
General Ecology
15
Principles of Habitat Management
33
Brush Management
43
Grazing Management
65
Food Management
81
Water Predators and PenRaised Bobwhites
101
Cover Management
119
Sex and Age Ratios
157
Harvest Management
177
Management Examples
193
The Business of Bobwhite Management
209
Epilogue
235
Index
237
Cover 2
246
Copyright

Population Counts
135

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About the author (2012)

Fidel Hernández is the Alfred C. Glassell Jr., Endowed Professor for Quail Research at the Cesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute in Kingsville, Texas. Fred S. Guthery, also the author of On Bobwhites (Texas A&M University Press, 2006) and A Primer on Natural Resource Science (Texas A&M University Press, 2008), holds the Bollenbach Chair in Wildlife Ecology at Oklahoma State University.

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