Regional Reports-Midwest

Platte Falls and Saline Valley

There was a time when Platte Falls and Saline Valley conservation areas teemed with hunters during quail season. Then all at once, people stopped hunting the two areas due to the overcrowdedness. Well, the hunters may have left, but the birds are still there. Platte Falls contains nearly 2,500 acres about three miles north of Kansas City. It comprises 700 acres of cropland planted with corn or other grain, 420 acres of old fields and 350 acres of pasture; the rest is forested. Birds can be found in the edge areas bordering these features. Saline Valley is made up of 4,782 acres in the Ozark foothills of Miller County, about 30 miles southwest of Jefferson City. Most of it is forested, but it holds some birds in the edges bordering the cropfields and overgrown pastures in the creek bottoms. Birds also inhabit the wooded areas along the creeks. At both areas, you'll find birds in the thick cover provided by greenbrier and blackberry bushes. On an average day, hunters take three or four birds at either area. Contact: Platte Falls Conservation Area (816-858-5718); Missouri Department of Conservation (573-751-4115).