What can you tell me about sustainable quail production?
D.C.MissouriAnswer: Thank you for requesting information on gamebird production and marketing, especially pheasants and quail.I suggest you contact your District office of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks or call the state office at 601-432-2400 for information on obtaining a quail or gamebird breeders permit for a gamebird operation. License fees typically depend on the number of birds being raised and the type of operation (commercial, hunting, or hobby) being considered.The North American Gamebird Association, Inc. (NAGA) (1) is a commodity, communications, and recreational group promoting hunting, conservation of game, and hunting preserves. The association publishes the monthly Wildlife Harvest magazine that is free with a yearly membership of $65.00. These articles discuss relevant state and federal government policies, private operations, hunting resorts, and production practices for gamebird breeders. The classified advertisement section lists sellers or buyers for birds, eggs, chicks, equipment, and supplies. The NAGA Web site has a state by state listing of hunting preserves, gamebird breeders, etc. available in their members section at www.naga.org. Associations involved with pheasant and quail habitat are Pheasants Forever (yearly membership $30.00) (2), and Quail Unlimited (yearly membership $30.00). (3)There are many books available from hatcheries, libraries, book stores, etc. on all aspects of raising gamebirds. Referenced below are book listings from two hatcheries to give an idea of what is available.The publication Pheasant production: Economic and production information for Saskatchewan producers is available www.agr.gov.sk.ca/docs/management/pheprod1.aspAside from the magazines published by gamebird associations, the following magazines also have articles or information regarding gamebird production and marketing. Game Bird Gazette P.O. Box 171227 Salt Lake City, UT 84117 $21.85 per year. www.gamebird.com Small Farm Today Ridge Top Ranch 3903 W. Ridge Trail Road Clark, MO 65243?9525 800-633-2535 $33.95 per year. www.smallfarmtoday.comReferences:1) North American Gamebird Association (NAGA) P.O. Box 7 Goose Lake, IA 52750 800-624-2967 www.naga.org2) Pheasants Forever 1783 Buerkle Circle St. Paul, MN 55110 877-773-2070 (toll-free) www.pheasantsforever.org3) Quail Unlimited, Inc. PO Box 610 Edgefield, SC 29824 803-637-5731 803-637-0037 FAX www.qu.orgResources:Anon. 2003. Feeding game birds. Mississippi State University Extension. 6 p. Anon. 2001. Pheasant breeder management, and Growing pheasants. Nova Scotia Agriculture and Fisheries. 7 p. Anon. 1999. Pheasant for profit. AgVentures. August-September. p. 16-24.Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. 2007. Section 15.00 Captive wildlife/hunting resorts. 24 p. Benhoff, Chuck. 2000. Taking the Salatin model one step further. The Stockman Grassfarmer. April. p. 30-31.Greaser, George L. 1998. Partridge Production. Agricultural Alternatives PennState. 6 p.Hayes, Leland. No date. How to begin and survive a commercial gamebird farm. Leland Hayes Gamebird Publications. 33 p. Laudenslager, Lynn A. 1985. Pheasant pen construction. Wildlife Harvest. May. 6 p.Legow, Dave. 2001. Gamebirds. AgVentures. February?March. p. 5?10. Murray McMurray Hatchery. 2005. Gamebird books. 2 p. Nowland, Warren. 2002. Pheasant raising. Agfact A5.0.3, 3rd edition, May. New South Wales Department of Agriculture. 28 p. Randall, Maurice. 2001. Raising Japanese quail. Agfact A5.0.6, 3rd edition, June. New South Wales Department of Agriculture. 9 p. Silva, Beth. 1999. Contemplating a quail quest? AgVentures. April?May. p. 15, 20-23.Skewes, Paul A., and Henry R. Wilson. 1995. Bobwhite quail production. Cooperative Extension Service, Purdue University, West Lafayette. AS-485. 29 p.Stromberg’s Chicks & Gamebirds Unlimited. 2005. Gamebird books. 4 p.