30/11/2016 President’s Corner

All,
Mearns opens this Friday 2 Dec and will likely be decent based on initial scouting reports.  Gambels and Scaled Quail have continued to be elusive.
Our next chapter meeting is Thur 15 Dec at Steakout in Sonoita 6:30-9:00.  Rana Tucker from AZGFD region 5 has agreed to speak on access issues and I have invited Forest Service to talk about their new proposed travel management plan but have not received a commitment.
An English Pointer and a Brittany point a Covey of Mearns Quail
An English Pointer and a Brittany point a Covey of Mearns Quail
Dave Brown is getting the banquet planning committee together this week.  He should have more detail to provide at the Dec meeting.  Banquet is planned 4 Feb at Sonoita Fairgrounds.  He will be looking for help to line up donations and sponsors.  For those that may not have a designated driver and want to partake in adult beverages, you might want to consider reserving a room at Sonoita Inn before they fill up.
Mearns Country
Mearns Country
Tom Sullivan is leading our water for wildlife project, volunteers will be working 6/7/8 Dec installing fence panels.  Ron Walp is leading our highway cleanup 30 Nov.  Both Tom and Ron indicate they have enough volunteers lined up.  Thanks for your help.
We have completed our gun raffle at Sportsman Warehouse where we have had many opportunities to engage potential new members and put money in our account to support habitat projects.  All but one gun has been delivered to winners, the last one is delayed to completed the required background check.  Thanks for all the help from members.
Give us your feedback on our updated website at www.saquailforever.com .  We are working to keep it current and meet your needs.
Please drop me a line or give me a call if you have ideas or want to help.  Give me your ideas on future guest speakers that can talk hunting, dogs, land access or other subjects you believe other members would enjoy.

Zack May
Southern AZ Quail Forever
Chapter President
zmay@comcast.net
Cell 520.301.8135

Meeting Minutes 11/18/2016

AZ G&F Biologist Randy Babb discussing Masked Bobwhites
AZ G&F Biologist Randy Babb discussing Masked Bobwhites
All,
Our Nov meeting was held at Sonoita Steakout 17 Nov from 6:30 – 9:00.  Our new audio visual equipment worked well ensuring all could see and hear well.
Gambels and scaled quail have been somewhat scarce but some have had decent success.  Mearns opens 2 Dec and will likely be decent.
I provided a status of our financials.
Dave Brown provided an update on banquet planning.  Our banquet will be 4 Feb at the Sonoita fairgrounds.  He is working with Steve to pick a menu and caterer.  We are leaning towards prime rib.  He will be looking for help to line up donations and sponsors.
Tom Sullivan provided an update on our water for wildlife project.  A total of 30 fence partitions were assembled and welded this week for installation in Dec on Sands Ranch Conservation property.  Thanks to Mike Lyons for his help.  Tom will need help from 3-5 people 6, 7 & 8 Dec installing these panels.  Contact him at 970.846.1268 if you can help.
Nick is working to put our youth hunt together and will give a presentation at our Dec meeting.  Youth hunt is planned 4 Mar.
Ron Walp is leading our highway cleanup scheduled 30 Nov at 9:00.  Meet at the Hog Canyon entrance off Hiway 82.  Wear long sleeves and bring gloves.  Should take 2 hours or less.  Contact Ron at 623.680.9724.  This work is intended to build a better relationship with neighbors going into Hog Canyon to keep access open.
We are about half way through our gun raffle at Sportsman Warehouse where we have had many opportunities to engage potential new members.  The gun raffle will complete prior to our banquet.  We will be at Sportsman 17, 18 and 19 Nov with future dates TBD.
Keeping Public Lands Public are on the S.A.Q.F Radar
Access to and keeping Public Lands Public are on the S.A.Q.F Radar
Randy Babb was our guest speaker from AZGFD.  He is a biologist and the author of  Hunting Arizona’s Small Game.  He presented a very interesting update on the Masked Bobwhite Quail in Arizona and Sonora.
If you have not done so, recommend you take a look at our updated website at www.saquailforever.com .  We are working to keep it current.  If you go to the bottom right of the home page you can sign up for email notifications to the blog which will give you an update when something has changed.  It is not a spam engine and you can allows opt out later if you don’t like it.  We are also more active on Facebook, take the time to friend us if you use Facebook.
Please drop me a line or give me a call if you have ideas or want to help.  Give me your ideas on future guest speakers that can talk hunting, dogs, land access or other subjects you believe other members would enjoy.

Zack May
Southern AZ Quail Forever
Chapter President
zmay@comcast.net
Cell 520.301.8135