The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has scheduled its annual wild quail management seminar on March 6-7 at the Webb Wildlife Center in Hampton County.

The seminar will be the 26th annual held by SCDNR to help landowners and managers stem the tide of declining populations of bobwhite quail across South Carolina, in part due to major changes in land use and reduction in suitable habitat. The seminar includes instruction on ways to create habitat that will support native populations of quail.

Space is limited to 35 participants. The registration fee is $85, which includes meals, overnight accommodations and seminar materials. For more information or to register, call SCDNR’s Small Game Project (803-734-3609) or email castinep@dnr.sc.gov.

“Properties that consistently carry medium- to high-density wild quail populations are actively managed to provide quail with all the habitat components necessary throughout the year," said Willie Simmons, SCDNR’s small-game project supervisor. "These seminars are designed to improve quail habitat-management skills, and the information is presented so that anyone with an interest can implement these practices on their property regardless of size."

Field demonstrations and classroom instruction will focus on habitat practices, including firebreak establishment, prescribed burning, forest management, brush control, discing for natural foods and supplemental food-patch plantings. Presentations will be given on wild quail natural history, biology, diseases and parasites, predation and other factors that may be contributing to the population decline. An update on current research will also be presented.  Speakers will include wildlife and forestry professionals from state and federal agencies.

More than 1,350 people have attended the seminar since its inception in 1987.