Regional Reports-Midwest

Osage Wildlife Management Area

Although Nebraska is best known for its pheasant hunting, it also offers some dandy quail hunting, especially in the southeastern part of the state. "In extreme southeastern Nebraska, quail actually have a higher profile than pheasants," says Scott Taylor, upland game program manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. "Quail populations can be good on some of our public lands, depending on the hunting pressure they receive, and some of those areas also have really good habitat." One of the more popular sites in this region is the Osage Wildlife Management Area. Located about three miles from Tecumseh, this 780-acre WMA contains nearly 600 acres of pasture, 71 acres of crop fields and 110 acres of woodlands. Hunters can find quail in any part of the area, especially in the edge habitat that separates the main sections, and also in the creek bottoms. The pastures feature native grasses such as big and little bluestem, switchgrass and Indian grass. The hedgerows have Osage orange and burr oak trees mixed with a variety of weed and brush cover. Contact: Nebraska Game and Park Commission (402-471-0641).