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Game Animals

Bobwhite Quail

Bobwhite Quail

The other upland game bird found in our state is the bobwhite quail. The bobwhite is the only species of quail in Florida. The throat and head markings on the male are white; on a female they are a buff color. The quail is best pursued with a dog that can flush the covey ahead of the hunters. The sport of quail hunting is in decline due to the lack of suitable habitat, such as brushy open country and wood edges. They feed on seeds and insects. To preserve the sport, it is important to pursue quail in an ethical manner. Even though it is legal to shoot quail on the ground, ask yourself, do I find that ethical, is it considered fair chase?

All other birds hunted in the state are classified as migratory. They are regulated by the federal government and must be hunted with shotguns plugged to an over all capacity of three shells. Remember, migratory game bird hunters in Florida need to have the migratory bird permit checked on their hunting licenses or a migratory bird permit attached to their license. It is a no-cost permit that can be obtained on the FWC website.


Source: FWC Hunter Education Program