There are different breeds of bobwhites. A friend of mine in Oklahoma has Butler Bobwhites, which are large quail and for eating. I want some for both eating and fun. I sent a message off to a group working on re-building the quail in MN, but with no response. I would happily hatch them in Spring to release if I could find a source for eggs or if I had enough to do it from my own if I were to get the native breed of them.
If you find anything out, please share. I would love to raise some for release. I believe I read somewhere though that if you have pheasants around you won't have quail and there are alot of pheasant in my area so it might not pay for me to release them. It would be interesting to raise some though.