SAQF is selling raffle tickets for:
Scaled Quail Flush Count Surveys
The 2nd Annual Scaled Quail Flush Count Surveys will take place on Saturday September 24th, 2016. Our base of operations will be at the Stockton Pass Campground located on US-266 East of Bonita (see directions below).
We need volunteers with dogs to run the routes and volunteers without dogs to walk the routes and assist with collecting the data. We want to get an early start to prevent overheating the dogs and volunteers, so plan to arrive at the campground before 8:00AM. Johnathan and I will be arriving on Friday afternoon for those who wish to come out early and camp out.
The longest routes are 2.5 miles. The objective is to run the dogs quartering along a transect line to locate birds. Once birds are located, allow the dogs to flush the birds, count the number flushed, identify the species, and collect the GPS coordinates of where the covey was flushed from. This is why it is helpful to have the dog handler keeping the dogs generally following the transect line and the second volunteer managing data collection.
I’d like any volunteers who for sure can make it to RSVP by September 10th through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) so I know roughly how many to expect. We have several treated and untreated pastures that we can run so no one will be turned away even if you don’t RSVP. However, I want to ensure there is at least coverage on those pastures with the highest priority.
The Department can use your time and mileage as volunteer match for Federal funds. Please keep track of this information as you will be asked to complete a volunteer form at this event.
Directions to Stockton Pass Campground
Fastest route from Phoenix: Take US-60 East to Globe. At Globe take US-70 East to Safford. From Safford take the US-191 South approximately 16.6 miles then turn West onto US-266. Take US-266 10.9 miles then turn right into the campground.
Fastest route from Tucson: Take Interstate 10 East past Willcox. Take exit 352 for US-191 North and drive North approximately 16.2 miles. Turn West onto US-266. Take US-266 10.9 miles then turn right into the campground.
If you have any questions please contact me directly. Thanks for your help with this important project.
Small Game Program Manager
Arizona Game and Fish Department
5000 W. Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086
Dove season opens 1 Sep with Gambels and Scaled Quail opening 30 Sep. Time to get your shotgun out and put a few rounds through it at the range. Also need to get your dog in shape for the season. For those out of state, we have had decent rain and grass looks pretty good.
We just completed our first gun raffle and membership drive at Sportsman Warehouse in Tucson on 25/26 Aug with 23/25 Sep and 14/15 Oct planned and the potential for more later. Thanks to Jacob Young and Jim Littlejohn for volunteering their time. We sold xx tickets and signed up xx new members. If you have a few hours to help out with this or want to buy some tickets please let me know.
We have added a chapter schedule to the website which includes our meeting plan. We are still working to fill some of the speaker slots – if you have an input please let us know. Previously we have had some complaints about not being able to see or hear presentation well so we are looking into buying audiovisual equipment to use at our meetings.
AZGFD has asked for our help to conduct a Scaled Quail Flush Count near Bonita AZ Sep 24. Will likely camp the night of 23 Sep. They need volunteers with and without dogs to help. Let me know if you want more information.
Please drop me a line or give me a call if you have ideas or want to help.
Presidents Corner:Southern Arizona Quail Forever has just completed elections for new officers who took their positions 1 July. I want to thanks Jacob Young as the outgoing president and Steve Hopkins as an outgoing chapter officer for all their hard work and dedication to the chapter and its mission over the past several years. Both Jacob and Steve will continue as chapter members. Linda Pfister remains on the board as the treasurer, Dave Brown remains on the board but in a new role as the banquet chairman and Nick Besenick remains as the youth chair. New board members include myself as president, Ron Funk as secretary and Tom Sullivan as habitat chair. We still have open board positions for vice president and membership – please volunteer if you are interested in serving the chapter in one of these positions.The chapter has also voted to establish a written mission statement and by-laws. These are available on the web. As the chapter continues to support quail and habitat we want to ensure there is full transparency for all of our decisions and actions.We are going to hold a gun raffle and membership drive at Sportsman Warehouse in Tucson 25 and 26 Augwith more to follow in the fall. If you have a few hours to help out with this please let me know.We will get a formal meeting schedule out soon, if you have input on this please shout. I am considering doing a couple of the early meeting in Tucson before our out of state members return this fall and moving the meeting back to The Steak Out. Previously we have had some complaints about not being able to see or hear presentations well so we are looking into buying audiovisual equipment to use at our meetings.The chapter has a new webpage and a new Facebook page. Let us know what you think. Check the webpage for important dates for future chapter activities.Quail season will open before you know it with Gambels and Scaled opening 30 Sept. and Mearns 2 Dec. July Monsoon Rains where pretty much non existent,we are hoping for a wet August which will help the Mearns Quail out. Dove open 1 Sept. which gives you a chance to tune up your shotgun and get your dog out.Please drop me a line or give me a call if you have ideas or want to help.Zack May