President’s Corner 11/28/2017

Desert Point
An update to let folks know what is going on with the chapter in Southern AZ.
We are working to keep our webpage and Facebook current.  If you see an issue let Dave Brown or I know.
Desert Scenery
Chapter Meetings:
-Our first meeting of the season was 16 Nov at Steak Out in Sonoita.  Speakers included Nick Besenick and myself talking hunting/survival electronics, Dr Alberto Macias who provided an update on our Mearns Quail diet study being done by State University of Sonora and an update from AGFD on the Quail Festival.
An English Pointer sticks a Mearns Covey
-The second meeting will be 14 Dec as the 3rd Thursday would be too close to Christmas.  Sarah Gandaria who is a QF national employee working for AZ G&F will present a proposal on Tombstone Ranch Property acquisition which is under consideration by QF national, a hunting ethics discussion led by Ron Walp and AZ G&F update.
-The 18 Jan meeting will include Josh Smith from US Fish and Wildlife Service who will discuss the Masked Bobwhite recovery project at Buenos Aires NWR in Southern AZ.
-A reminder that chapter meeting are open to all, don’t hesitate to bring friends.
-If you have ideas or volunteers for other speakers please let me know.
Montezuma Quail Festival:
-Brittany Oleson the AZ G&F Wildlife Officer out of the Sonoita are is putting together an event the opening weekend of Mearns 1-4PM 9 Dec at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Sonoita in partnership with the chapter.  The chapter has paid to rent the hall.  A flyer for the event is attached.  Please come and bring friends.
Covering A point in S.E.AZ.
Desert Quail:
-Desert quail hunting success has been a little better this year than last with some areas being fairly good.  My personal The habitat looks good and the Tucson area is doing good on rainfall it did not all come at the right time.
Hog and Adobe Canyon access:
-The homeowners and AZGFD are still working agreements that will prevent the FS from closing the access.  Access is open at this time.
Volunteer opportunities:
-Our banquet is planned 3 Feb at the Sonoita Fairgrounds.  We will have our first banquet planning committee meeting Dec 6.  Please let me know if you can volunteer or can help with donations for the banquet.
-Highway cleanup.  Ron Walp will lead a highway cleanup on 6 Dec.  We will meet at Hog Canyon road at 9:00.  Afterward we will go to Wagon Wheel in Patagonia for breakfast.
-US F&W is looking for volunteers with dogs to “haze” released Masked Bobwhite Quail at Buenos Aires NWR.  To date, there has been poor to no survival of pen raised birds released in the wild.  The purpose of this effort is to haze released birds to instill fear of predators and increase their survival rate.  Please contact Bill Radke at bill_radke@fws.gov and Rebecca Chester at rebecca_chester@fws.gov if you are able to help.  Dates help is needed include Nov 11, 12, 15 & 16 plus Dec 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10, 13 &14.  The NWR has some housing if you desire to stay overnight.
-We are always looking for more board members – we will elect a new slate next spring and have openings now.
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Zack May
Southern AZ Quail Forever
Chapter President
zmay@comcast.net
Cell 520.301.8135

Southern Arizona Quail Festival

Southern Arizona Quail Forever and The Arizona Game and Fish Department are please to announce The First Annual Quail Festival at the Sonoita Fairgrounds (Pioneer Hall)  on Saturday December 9th.This event is open to everyone including Birders,Hunters and the Curious ! See The Flyer for Timings and Exhibitors.

Nov.17th Meeting Minutes

Southern AZ Quail Forever 16 Nov 17 meeting minutes.
Meeting took place at Steakout in Sonoita.  This is our first meeting of the 17/18 hunt season.  Our next meeting will be 14 Dec.  We will also do another highway cleanup which is tentatively scheduled for 8:00 6 May.
Full House
We had 29 people attend.  Social started at 6:30 with formal meeting start at 7:00.  We had a quorum of chapter officers.
Agenda:
-Treasurer; $15,500+ in bank, no outstanding issues.
-Schedule; schedule for 17-18 hunt season reviewed.  Schedule is available on the web.
-Mearns Quail Study;  Our quail study with Sonora University is still tracking.  Dr. Alberto Macías Duarte provided an initial report on the study.  His slides will be placed on the chapter website in the near future.
-Officer Brit Oleson from AGFD provided an overview of the planned joint Quail Festival in Sonoita over Mearns opening weekend.  The festival will run 1-4PM the afternoon of 9 Dec at the Pioneer Hall in the Fairgrounds.  The membership and board approved spending $380 of chapter funds to rent the hall.  Expect to see flyers and a more detailed agenda soon.
-Our youth chair, Nick Besenick provided a presentation on dog and survival electronics.
-Our banquet is schedule for 3 Feb 18 in Sonoita.  The first planning meeting will be help 6 Dec.  Please shout if you can help.
-No new business was brought forward.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30.

11/09/2017 President’s Corner

Pheasant Hunting is a great way to get ready for Quail Season
Here is an update to let folks know what is going on with the chapter in Southern AZ.  Sorry this is a little later than normal but I have been up in SD the last week chasing Ringnecks with fellow chapter members Tony Valentino and Jim Littlejohn.
We are working to keep our webpage and Facebook current.  If you see an issue let Dave Brown or I know.
Chapter Meetings:
-Our first meeting of the season is planned 16 Nov at Steakout in Sonoita.  Social starts at 6:30 with formal meeting start at 7:00.  Speakers include Nick Besenick and myself talking hunting/survival electronics, Dr Alberto Macias who will provide an update on our Mearns Quail diet study being done by State University of Sonora and an update from AGFD.
-The second meeting will be 14 Dec as the 3rd Thursday would be too close to Christmas.  Sarah Gandaria who is a QF national employee working for AZ G&F will present a proposal on Tombstone Ranch Property acquisition which is under consideration by QF national and AZ G&F.
-The 18 Jan meeting will include Bill Radke from US Fish and Wildlife Service who will discuss the Masked Bobwhite recovery project at Buenos Aires NWR in Southern AZ.
-If you have ideas or volunteers for other speakers please let me know.
Montezuma Quail Festival:
Mearns Quail Country
-Brittany Oleson the AZ G&F Wildlife Officer out of the Sonoita are is putting together an event the opening weekend of Mearns on afternoon of 9 Dec at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Sonoita in partnership with the chapter.   This is a work in progress and potential booths include:
Southern AZ Quail Forever booth
o   Montezuma quail forage composition study information
o   Advertisement for their chapter (membership, projects, banquet, youth hunt, etc.)
AZGFD booth
o   Species of quail in AZ information
o   Department quail research, management, habitat work (masked bobwhite, Border 2 Habitat Project)
o   Potential funding opportunities for habitat work
o   Quail related hunting laws/regs/etc.
o   Maps with quail hunting spots? (Hunt Maps to come out and sell GMU maps?)
o   Information about game bird permits and trials permits
o   Wing bags and demo barrel
o   Aging and sexing posters for Montezuma quail (Kirby will try to bring actual specimens to use)
o   Stickers! (we made stickers!!!)
·         Quail cleaning station
o   Place for hunters to clean their birds
o   Tucked away so it’s not too obvious to those who just want to hear about birds
·         BANWR
o   May want to talk about masked bobwhite?
o   Refuge info
o   Birding info
o   Just lifted hunting restrictions on one area
Audubon Society
o   Information on grassland birds
o   Tips on being a quail birder?
Dogs booth
o   Potentially have a vet
o   Tips and tricks for dealing with hunting dogs are rattlesnakes/grass seed
o   Dog training clubs to talk about training, maybe some breeders?
Regional economic impact of quail hunters and birders
o   Do you have any information on this that we can throw together?
Quail Cake!
o   If there is interest, Brit will provide a professionally made quail cake and/or cupcakes for the event, potentially just for the coordinators in the evening
Raffle item?
o   We potentially have a German shorthair breeder willing to donate a pup for the raffle!

 

Scaled Quail Hunting -S.E. Arizona
Desert Quail:
-The chapter helped AZ G&F man check stations opening weekend at Willow Springs and Freeman Road to help assess quail population in that area.
-Desert quail hunting success has been a little better this year than last with some areas being fairly good.  The habitat looks good and the Tucson area is doing good on rainfall it did not all come at the right time.
Hog and Adobe Canyon access:  
-The homeowners and AZGFD are still working agreements that will prevent the FS from closing the access.  Access is open at this time.
Volunteer opportunities:
-Our banquet is planned 3 Feb at the Sonoita Fairgrounds.  We will have our first banquet planning committee meeting in late November.  Please let me know if you can volunteer or can help with donations for the banquet.
-US F&W is looking for volunteers with dogs to “haze” released Masked Bobwhite Quail at Buenos Aires NWR.  To date, there has been poor to no survival of pen raised birds released in the wild.  The purpose of this effort is to haze released birds to instill fear of predators and increase their survival rate.  Please contact Bill Radke at bill_radke@fws.gov and Rebecca Chester at rebecca_chester@fws.gov if you are able to help.  Dates help is needed include Nov 11, 12, 15 & 16 plus Dec 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10, 13 &14.  The NWR has some housing if you desire to stay overnight.
-We are always looking for more board members – we will elect a new slate next spring and have openings now.
QF values your privacy, all member email addresses are BCC.

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