How You Can Help

Wildlife fans can do all kinds of things to help us out. We're constantly looking for volunteers to do birds counts or fox squirrel surveys. There may be opportunities to assist with annual surveys on the focal areas around the state. We will need a dedicated team, that is willing to put in the time and effort to go through training to learn to identify several grassland bird species of concern by sight and sound and the willingness to assist in several days of monitoring throughout the year. For more information about the species or to volunteer please contact the Small Game Project at 803-734-3940 or scbobwhites@dnr.sc.gov.

While the organizations that started this project are large and contribute many hands to the cause, we will never reach our goal without the help of landowners, conservationists and sportsmen. Yes, this means you.

I have land...

A network of property in and around our Focal Regions is the foundation of the plan. To build this network, we need public, corporate and private landowners who are eager to hear the bobwhite whistle again and willing to practice bobwhite-friendly management. We offer all kinds of help:

  • Need a biologist to look at your property and develop a plan?
  • Need cost-sharing assistance?
  • Looking for professionals to show you the ropes or help with the hands-on part?

The first step is to call the SCDNR's Small Game Project at 803-734-3940 and tell them you'd like more bobwhites on your property. They'll ask a few questions to figure out the best place to start and then put you in touch with one of our partners. Keep in mind that by being a part of this project you will not be required to allow hunting or other public access on your land.

I am dyed-in-the-wool bird hunter...

Possibly the most passionate supporters of the SCBI are bird hunters. Few others are as eager to see the return of bobwhites to the landscape as the men and women who spend the days from November to February following dogs through woods and fields.

One of the best ways to get involved is to participate in the SCDNR's Quail Hunter Survey. This program has been collecting data from hunters for over 20 years and was updated in 2015 to allow online data entry. Click here to go to the signup form which takes less than 2 minutes to fill out. If you'd rather record your data on paper and mail in results at the end of the season, contact the Small Game Project at 803-734-3940 or scbobwhites@dnr.sc.gov and they'll send you the paperwork.

Bird hunters who like to get in the field during the off-season can help us with call counts and surveys. Contact the Small Game Project 803-734-3940 or scbobwhites@dnr.sc.gov) to find out more about how you can be part of the team that measures the success of the SCBI.

Most importantly, get out and hunt. The more wingshooters there are, the more resources we'll find available through our partners. All it takes is a WMA permit along with your SC hunting license and you can hunt one of SCDNR's Wildlife Management Areas. If you have access to private land, a state hunting license is all you need. Put the dogs in the truck and go find some quail.

I have time and love being outdoors...

Outdoors enthusiasts can do all kinds of things to help us out. We're constantly looking for volunteers to help with bird counts and other surveys. There may be opportunities to assist with annual surveys on the focal areas around the state. We will need a dedicated team that is willing to put in the time and effort to go through training to learn to identify several grassland bird species of concern by sight and sound and the willingness to assist in several days of monitoring throughout the year. For more information about the species or to volunteer please contact the Small Game Project at 803-734-3940 or scbobwhites@dnr.sc.gov to be placed on the mailing list.

Donate...

Would you just like to make a monetary contribution to help "Bring Back the Whistle" so future generations of South Carolinians will be able to hear the iconic spring call of the Bobwhite? You can make a tax-deductible contribution to the South Carolina Bobwhite Initiative through the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund.

Please visit their webpage and click on the SCBI logo to donate. All proceeds will go expressly to support the SCBI.

Small Game Program Survey - Volunteer Sign-up

At South Carolina DNR, the Small Game Program is dedicated to managing our small game populations and their associated habitats in a sustainable manner based on the best information available. To accomplish this we need and value your input.

We know that our hunters and outdoor enthusiasts enjoy our natural resources for a variety of reasons, including heritage, appreciation of nature, solitude, camaraderie, and many other reasons. We also know that we could not do our important work without your assistance. As folks who enjoy the experience of being outdoors you have accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience and we hope you will share it with us.

Even if you don't hunt, your participation is extremely valuable to us and if you do hunt, harvest information is critical to resource management.

Please take the time to answer a few "registration" questions if you are willing to provide us with some details of your encounters with small game species each year. We will use this information only to better manage the resource for your benefit.

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