Quail Emphasis Areas

Nineteen Conservation Areas Emphasize Quail Management

If you're looking for new places to pursue quail, check out the Department's 19 Quail Emphasis Areas. These are located throughout the state, and recently the Department has ramped-up quail habitat-improvement efforts on them.

One quail per two acres

The long-term goal for Quail Emphasis Areas is a density of one quail per two acres in the fall before the hunting season. Several of the areas are approaching this goal as Department managers continue to increase habitat-improvement efforts there.

Check regulations and restrictions before you go

Most Quail Emphasis Areas are subject to statewide regulations for quail hunting. A few areas have some hunting restrictions in order to protect the quail population from heavy hunting pressure. For additional information on Quail Emphasis Areas, call the phone numbers attached to each conservation area in the table.

Quail Emphasis Areas

Quail Area Name County Phone Number
Lamine River Cooper/Morgan 660-530-5500
Whetstone Creek Callaway 573-254-3330
Bois D’Arc Greene 417-895-6880
Talbot (Robert E) Lawrence 417-895-6880
Maintz Wildlife Preserve Cape Girardeau 573-290-5730
Seat (Emmett and Leah Seat) Memorial Worth/Gentry 660-646-6122
White (William G. and Erma Parke White) Memorial Lincoln 636-441-4554
White River Trace Dent 573-368-2225
Sever Lake (Henry) Knox 660-785-2420
Crowleys Ridge Stoddard 573-290-5730
Davisdale Howard 573-884-6861
Stockton Lake Cedar/Dade/Polk 417-895-6880
Happy Holler Lake Andrew 816-271-3100
Bonanza Caldwell 660-646-6122
Bunch Hollow Carroll 660-646-6122
Cover Prairie (Dan and Maureen) Memorial Howell 417-256-7161
Thomas Hill Reservoir Macon/Randolph 660-785-2420
Poosey Grundy/Livingston 660-646-6122
Harmony Mission Lake /Peabody Bates 417-395-2341
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