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Alabama’s Unique Quail Trail

Alabama’s Unique Quail Trail

Auburn, Alabama — The Alabama Quail Trail is a quail hunting experience you will not find anywhere else. Each quail trail lodge has a custom experience built by its owners and operators. Every place on the trail has its own features for every quail hunter to enjoy such as the hunting land, the bird dogs, lodging and food. Alabama is part of the Longleaf Ecosystem that helps make Alabama a great quail hunting state. Here is why you should visit the Alabama Quail Trail.

The Experience 

The Alabama Quail Trail has 39 lodges for hunters.  Each lodge’s charactervaries from historical homes to farm plantations with modern lodging and every thing in between.

Executive Director of the Alabama Wildlife Federation, Tim Gothard, says the owners and operators of each lodge carefully create and blend their food, lodging, dog breeds and work, hunting style, and hospitality into a social atmosphere and outdoor experience which enables life-long bonds to be developed between members of the hunting parties as well as between the customer and owner.

Executive Director of the Alabama Wildlife Federation, Tim Gothard, says the owners and operators of each lodge carefully create and blend their food, lodging, dog breeds and work, hunting style, and hospitality into a social atmosphere and outdoor experience which enables life-long bonds to be developed between members of the hunting parties as well as between the customer and owner.

The Alabama Quail Trail offers different types of quail hunting. Horseback hunts, mule drawn wagon hunts, and hunts on foot are available at most lodges and full day or half day hunts. Hunting landscapes though do vary throughout each lodge on the trail. Most quail hunts are a combination of piney woods and sage fields. Some Alabama Quail Trail lodges even offer mixed bag hunts of pheasant and chukar to help make use of early and short-term release hunts for quail and mixed bag hunts.

The Habitat 

The longleaf ecosystem is another special feature that makes the Alabama Quail Trail unique. The Longleaf pine thrives with the use of prescribed burning. Prescribed burning when done right, allows Longleaf pines to continue to grow while controlling other tree competition.

Jordan Graves, a wildlife biologist with Alabama Cooperative Extension System says, regular burning is done once or twice a year to control competition and reset succession. Resetting succession means not allowing the natural order of vegetation to continue. If no fire was present, many tree species would move in and take over the landscape. However, the use of fire helps landscape maintain in grasses and shrubs for the quail to survive. Thus, making the Longleaf Ecosystem in Alabama another reason to quail hunt on the trail.

To lean more, visit the Alabama Quail Trail.

 

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