Southern AZ Quail Forever 14 Dec 17 meeting minutes.
Meeting took place at Steak Out in Sonoita. We had 23 people attend. Social started at 6:30 with formal meeting start at 7:00. We had a quorum of chapter officers.
-Treasurer; $15,500+ in bank, no outstanding issues. We sold $440 in hats and received $30 in donations at the Quail Festival.
-Schedule; schedule for 17-18 hunt season reviewed. Schedule is available on the web.
-Ron Walp led a hunting ethics discussion. This is not meant to be chapter policy but was a good discussion on being a better hunter and citizen. Chapter policy is to follow the law.
-Sarah Gandaria and Cameron Becker provided a presentation on a proposed acquisition of 2100 acres east of Tombstone by QF that would later be transferred to AZGFD. Our chapter is not involved at this point, although there may be future habitat improvement opportunity for us.
-Nick Besenick provided some information on post hunt dog care. He recommended a good examination of feet, ears, mouth and eyes including flushing the eyes with warm bottled water to remove any foreign material.
-Matt Russell brought in two high end dog first aid kits that will be made available for auction or raffle at our banquet. Thanks Matt!
-Our banquet is scheduled for 3 Feb 18 in Sonoita. Ticket sales are available online at saquailforever.com or via the attached reservation sheet. Tickets are limited to the first 200 and we expect to sell out. In the first week we have already sold over 30 tickets. We are still looking for donations for the banquet – if you can help or know someone that can please shout.
-Out next meeting will be Thur 18 Jan at Steak Out. Planned speakers include Tom Sullivan with a chapter Habitat Plan update, Josh Smith U.S. Fish and Game Service with a Buenos Aires NWR presentation and Wade Zarlingo with a presentation on “What Makes a Good Habitat Project”.
-We really need help with a volunteer to serve as the chapter secretary. This is a requirement to elect new chapter officers next spring.
Jeff Hintz and I had the opportunity today to harass an endangered species. It is something that you could get you in legal trouble but in this case it was at the invitation of U.S. Fish and Wildlife. Wild Masked Bobwhite are feared to be extinct with the last ones seen in Sonora around 2000. U.S. Fish and Wildlife is working to reestablish a wild population of Masked Bobwhite Quail at Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in Southern Arizona. Captive raised quail are placed in call back pens and released during the day and allowed to return to the pens later in the day. During their time released the birds are harassed or hazed by people and dogs to instill a fear of predators. Their time in the pens will end after a little over 3 weeks total when the birds are released and the pens removed. Most of these birds slated for final release next week are 2-4 years old. The last releases were attempted about 10 years ago and were not deemed successful.
Another group of birds is planned to be released in early 2018. I will share information on dates available for the next round as they are made available. It is a rare chance to get your dog on point with a Masked Bobwhite Quail. Thanks to Rebecca Chester for setting up the opportunity. Josh Smith from U.S. Fish and Wildlife will be at our Quail Festival this weekend and can give you more info.