Find a good area with grassy fields, harvested cornfields, or wheat stubble near wooded areas, and you have a day of great quail hunting. Nothing beats an exciting day with your bird dog on point and a covey of quail exploding in every direction. This great game bird is admired for its fast moving target which can be challenge to catch up with your scattergun. Eight quail can be harvested each day with 16 in possession.
Quail populations seem to run in ten year cycles in southern Illinois. Compared with remainder of Illinois, southern Illinois is where the action is found each fall. Thousands of acres of public and federal land are available for the quail hunter. Franklin, Perry, Perry, Saline, and Jefferson counties offer some of the best hunting. The season begins during early November and runs through mid-January.