Southern Arizona Quail Forever will hold our January meeting Thursday 19 Jan at Steakout in Sonoita 6:30-9:00
-We have two speakers:
1) Dr Heather Connally a critical care specialist will discuss some of the major dangers to our four-legged hunting partners including rattlesnake bites, gila monster attacks, Colorado River toad toxicity, animal attacks, cactus encounter, allergic reactions, and heatstroke. She will cover what to watch for, what (if anything) can be done prior to transport to the emergency room at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, and what (if any) preventive measures can be taken.
2) James Copeland the District Ranger for Coronado National Forest has kindly agreed to meet with us to discuss the proposed new road management plan for the forest which could potentially close access to Hog and Adobe Canyons from Highway 82.
-Banquet planing for 4 Feb at the Sonoita Fairgrounds is going well. We have received several great donations that will be auctioned or raffled and can be bid on early via our website www.saquailforever.com/2017-
dinner-and-auction/ . If you have not signed up, please do so by 31 Jan using the attached reservation form. Bring a friend and a youth. We have a youth model Remington870 shotgun that Sportsmans Warehouse has generously provided that will be raffled to a youth in attendance (a parent or guardian will actually take possession).
19 Jan 7-8:30 PM Chapter Meeting Steak Out Sonoita Speaker Forest Service Rep and Dr Connally
- 30 Jan 9:00 AM highway cleanup volunteers needed contact Ron Walp
- 4 Feb SAQF Banquet Sonoita contact Dave Brown for information or to volunteer
- 12 Feb Last day of AZ quail season
- 16 Feb 7-8:30 PM Chapter Meeting Steak Out Sonoita Speaker Kirby Bristow AZGFD
- 4 Mar Youth Hunt Sonoita contact Nick Besenick for information or to volunteer
- 16 Mar 7-8:30 PM Chapter Meeting Steak Out Sonoita Subject – Future Direction of Chapter
Happy New Year!
Mearns hunting has been pretty decent so far but as typical they are forcing you to climb more and shoot around trees as the season ages. Gambels and Scaled Quail have continued to be elusive.
Our next meeting is Thursday 19 Jan at Steakout 6:30-9:00. Dr Heather Connally from Vet Specialties of Tucson has agreed to speak on desert hazards to dogs.
Dave Brown and the banquet committee has made significant progress on banquet planning. 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 a room at Sonoita Inn before they fill up. Please get your reservation into Linda Pfister no later than 31 Jan and encourage your friends to come. A form is attached if you have lost yours. We are still looking for sponsors and donations.
Our water for wildlife project has made great progress with Tom Sullivan leading. We are planning to complete this phase on 18 and 19 Jan with Pima County. Ron Walp will lead another highway cleanup in Feb. Both Tom and Ron indicate they have enough volunteers lined up. Thanks for your help. Our Mearns diet study with Dr Alberto Macias of Sonora State University is also progressing with a report due from him later this spring. Our Youth Hunt is planned for 4 Mar contact Nick Besenick to volunteer or is you know of a youth or novice that would like to participate.
We have received a donation of 5 great shotguns from a member. We are assessing options to convert their value into future projects for the chapter.
Give us your feedback of 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.