01/02/2018 President’s Corner

Mearns Hunting
Happy New Year, I hope everyone had a good holiday period.
Chapter meetings:
-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.  Tom Sullivan will also bring us up to speed on our habitat projects.   AZGFD Speaker is TBD.
-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.
Banquet:
-Banquet tickets for out 3 Feb prime rib dinner in Sonoita are selling fast and we are approaching half sold out.  Dress for the event is casual.  Getting tickets and renewing your membership could not be easier – use saquailforever.com/2017-dinner-and-auction/ then use “click here”.  You can also make a donation to the chapter in the same portal.  Ticket prices will increase after 15 Jan if we are not sold out.  A rough plan to raffle and auction items is listed below.  This is rough and subject to change.  Expect more info on how to reserve seats prior to the event.
-We will have a slide show playing during the event similar to what we did last year and at the quail festival.  If you have good pictures of dogs, chapter members, scenery or other things our members would enjoy please send them to me via email or bring them to our Jan meeting.  I will include a few “dead bird” pictures but really don’t need any more of them.
Mearns Land
Matt Russell:
-Matt is a chapter member who just donated two K9 first aid kits for our banquet.  Unfortunately I have first hand knowledge of the need to carry first aid materials for our best friends.  Matt’s kits are available at http://doubleaeroguides.com/1st-aid-k9-kit .
Mearns taxidermy:
-Penny Tureman in Patagonia is no longer doing mounts but she has a few for sale. Phone is 406.646.9232.
Future dates:
-11 Feb Quail Seasons Close, 13 Feb Highway Cleanup, 15 Feb Chapter Meeting Steak Out Sonoita and 24 Mar Youth Hunt
-We are always looking for more board members – we will elect a new slate next spring and have openings now.
Mearns Hunting
Some sad news:
Jeff Hintz passed the following to me yesterday:
“This afternoon I received a very sad call from the Wetlaufer family informing me of the passing of our good friend Roger from a stroke last evening.  To all of us, his passion for his shooting and hunting friends was obvious in every conversation and outing we all got to enjoy sharing with him.   My one on one time with Roger was always filled with talks about the pride that his family and business had brought to his life. All of our thoughts and prayers at this time are with Ester, Roxann and his family in Iowa.  I will do my best to communicate to all of you the future plans to commemorate his wonderful full life.”
Roger Wetlaufer is a member of our chapter.  If I get further information, I will share it.
Quail Forever values your privacy, all member emails are bcc.
Preliminary Banquet Raffle and Auction Items, Thanks to our Donors
Raffles (6 raffles, 20 drawings)
-Remington 870 Youth Model 20 gauge (available only to age 17 and below) value $385 no charge
-Benelli 828 Over/Under 12 gauge Value $2700
$20 ticket, 3 for $50, 7 for $100
-QF YETI Tundra 65 Cooler value $400, Canyon Outfitter 22 Quart Cooler retail $145 each, K9 First Aide Kit $90 value, 2 Framed Wildlife Pictures
$20 ticket, 3 for $50, 7 for $100 (5 separate drawings)
-SportDog Collar, wine tasting, Four $25 Gift Certificates from Gun Dog Supply, metal quail cutout
$10 ticket, 3 for $20, $7 for $50 (seven drawings)
-QF Weber Grill Kit, 21 Quart Dometic Tropicool AC/DC Refrigerator/Warmer,  Retail value $219, Five QF YETI 20oz. Ramblers
$10 ticket, 3 for $20, $7 for $50 (three drawings)
-Wildlife art
$5 ticket, 5 for $20 (3 drawings)
Silent Auction A
-QF American Flag Home Conceal Wall Art 20” x 31”
-Wildlife art
-Wildlife art
-Canyon Outfitter 22 Quart Cooler retail $145 each
-Metal Quail Cutout
-Wine
-One night room at Stage Stop Inn in Patagonia
-Handmade skinner knife
-QF Sure Shot 3D Metal Sign 20” x 20.5”
-37 Quart Dometic Tropicool AC/DC Refrigerator/Warmer,  Retail value $270
Silent Auction B
USA Metal Torn Flag Wall Art with Poem 19” x 27”
-Wildlife art
-Wildlife art
-Wildlife art
-Wine
-K9 first aid kit
-Dozen Bob White Quail
-Scott Linden Autographed Book
-QF leather jacket XL Value $250
-Three wine goblets
-Weathered Memories Personalized Framed Canvas – by Rosemary Millette 21” x 27.5”
Live Auction
-Browning A-5 Sweet 16 Gambel Quail Edition Shotgun 16 gauge
-Metal Quail Cutout
-Browning Citori Over/Under Scaled Quail edition shotgun in 410
-Pheasants Forever Picture of the Year
-QF Savage Axis XP Hardwood .270 rifle
-Benelli Montefeltro or Ultra Light 20 gauge
-Custom hand crafted coffee table Value $600
-Saskatchewan 3 night/2 day upland/waterfowl hunt with Dave Brown Outfitters Value $2500
-Wisconsin 3 night/2 day bird hunt with Classic Bird Hunts  Value $2500
-Q5 new model strap vest with extras
-Quilomene San Carlos Strap Vest
-Wingworks hunting vest
-1 Day Arizona Quail Hunt -Mike Cross Value $1000
-1 Day Arizona Quail Hunt -Luna Rita Outfitters Value $1000
-1 Day Guided Float Trip on The Missouri River MT -PRO Outfitters Helena MT   Value $575
-1 Day Scenic Float Trip in The Yellowstone River -Joe Skaggs  Livingstone MT  Value $600
-Certificate for English Pointer Puppy from a Future Litter -Yellow Rose Kennels -Honey Grove Texas  -Value $600

December 14th Meeting Minutes

Covering a Point in Mearns Land
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.
Agenda:
-Treasurer; $15,500+ in bank, no outstanding issues.  We sold $440 in hats and received $30 in donations at the Quail Festival.
Quail Tracks
-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.
-No new business was brought forward.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30.
Gambels Hunting

Quail Festival Update

 

Male Mearns Quail

 

UpdatesQuail Festival Sat afternoon   Sonoita Fairgrounds.

Time -1pm-4 pm
Your well behaved dog is welcome inside the hall.
The quail festival sticker provided by G&F will get you a 10% discount on your bill at Steak Out through next Friday.
If you bring Mearns into the festival from Sat morning, Alberto can collect the crops for his diet study.  Leave them intact until you get there.

Masked Bobwhite Hazing

Zack May,his Small Munsterlander “Millie” and a masked Bob White

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.

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.
Quail Forever values your privacy.  Member emails are bcc.

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.

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

Firescape Project Update

 

Southern Arizona Chapter of Quail Forever

1520 E. Bristol Drive

Nogales, AZ 85621

September 22, 2017

COMMENTS CONCERNING THE PROPOSED CIENEGA CREEK

FIRESCAPE PROJECT

Thank you for soliciting our input. The Southern Arizona chapter of Quail Forever is an organization committed to the effective management, protection and enhancement of quail habitat in southern Arizona. Currently, we are working with your counterpart in the Sierra Vista Office to incorporate several features into their Border 2 Firescape Project. Additionally, we are working on several committees that are chartered with improving wildlife habitat. Our interests focus on the enhancement of the Mearns Quail habitat, which we believe can be a direct by-product of your improved fuels management project.

I’m sure you are aware that the boundaries of your proposal include some prime habitat for Mearns Quail. Specifically, Blanca, Adobe, Hog, Fort, Gardener, Fish, & Oak Tree Canyons have been identified in past studies as areas of note that hold good populations of Mearns Quail. Several of these locations were used to trap and monitor Mearns Quail during past research projects. These studies allow for better understanding and management of the population and are reflected in the following comments.

Our research and community involvement has generated several features that we believe are needed to protect and/or enhance the long term health of Mearns Quail. Fortunately, all of them are simple in nature, can be accomplished with a reasonable investment when coupled with focused management. Your ten-year project could be an ideal vehicle for implementing them into the forest.

The following; not in priority order, is a list of considerations that we would like to see included within the scope of fuels management:

Quail Shelters  They provide protection from avian predators during periods of feeding and loafing. Additionally, they can become growing areas for nut sedge (a primary food for Mearns Quail). They are naturally created during periods of high winds or heavy wet snow when large tree limbs fracture and fall to the ground. Once the leaves and smaller limbs fall off, they become shelters for several seasons. Eventually, they decay and no longer perform the function. Quail Shelters can also be created while limbing trees during canopy reduction actions.

Travel Corridors Protected avenues that allow quail to move between valleys when the habitat in one valley suffers degradation and is no longer habitable. Habitability issues occur due to fire, drought, over grazing or the loss of high protein foods. Another purpose for retaining Travel Corridors is to allow natural movement during the breeding season to facilitate gene diversity between family groups. Travel Corridors are easily maintained by not removing one or two passage ways of canopy cover that would facilitate the safe movement of quail from one valley to the next.

Canopy Retention Mearns Quail need canopy cover for both thermal retention and predator protection. Both ground and aerial predators are effected. Recent studies have identified minimum and maximum canopy cover as specific requirements for good Mearns Quail habitat. Canopy cover for Mearns Quail comes in two forms; typically bunch grass and oak trees are best for good habitat.

According to AGFD Technical Guidance Bulletin No. 4 (Bristow & Ockenfels, 2000), optimum grass cover would consist of 51-75% of the surface area covered in grass higher than 20 cm. A mosaic pattern with some grass plots up to 50 cm would be ideal.

Tree canopy, greater than 26%, is necessary not only for thermal and screening properties but also to provide the microclimate needed for producing the forbes quail feed on. Quail preference is a tree canopy between 26 – 50% (Bristow & Ockenfels, Aug 2000). Canopies below 25% and above 75% are generally found to be undesirable.

Loose Rock Structures These are numerous small dams constructed by relocating rocks within the natural drainages. They can be as small as a row of single rocks or might consist of a dam several rocks high. Starting up high in a natural drainage, adjacent dams can be relative close together or wider spaced depending on the topography and slope of the drainage. Hundreds of Loose Rock Structures have been created on several ranches on the east side of the Chiricahua Mountains. These structures perform several beneficial functions. Originally incorporated to reduce erosion, they also create small water holding areas, allowing the water to leach into the aquafer.  In some cases, their use has reestablished year- round small streams. Additionally, they collect sediment. Over time, the sediment becomes a small nursery for growing Oxalis (a primary food source for Mearns Quail). When these features are incorporated in good Mearns Quail habitat, the sustainable quail population has increased significantly. Frequently, the biggest cost and impediment to installing these on public land is the NEPA process. With NEPA approval for your project we could pursue Loose Rock Structure installation over the next ten years. This is particularly appealing to our organization and an area where we might be able to assist in funding.

For us, your proposed project is very timely. We are a relatively new chapter and anxious to become viable players in all habitat projects that impact quail in southern Arizona. Recently, we completed our first water project working in cooperation with PIMA County. We were able to provide both funding and labor to complete the project. Incorporating our suggestions as part of a fuels management project within your district would give us another avenue to utilize our resources in pursuit of our goals.

If you remember, my permanent home is in Billings, Montana. During the winter, I reside in Sierra Vista. This year I plan on returning to Arizona, on or about, November 20, 2017 where I will remain until mid March 2018. After my return to Sierra Vista, I would be pleased to meet with you to further discuss our recommendations.

Respectfully,

Tom Sullivan

Habitat Committee Chairman,

Southern Arizona Chapt. Quail Forever

Chapter Update -10-02-2017

A quick update to let folks know what is going on with your chapter in Southern AZ.  Gambel’s and Scaled Quail seasons open on Friday.  It will still be warm, recommend you get out early and take plenty of water for your dogs and you and don’t push it too long.
We are working to keep our webpage and Facebook current.  If you see an issue let Dave Brown or I know.
Volunteer opportunities:
-We still need a couple more to help man the AGFD check stations in NW Tucson at Willow Springs and Freeman Rd Sat and Sun (Oct 7 and 8) with G&F personnel.  The data from these stations is important in assessing the overall health of the quail populations.
-Our banquet is planned 3 Feb at the Sonoita Fairgrounds.  We will have our first banquet planning committee meeting in November.  Please let me know if you can volunteer or can help with donations for the banquet.
-We are always looking for more board members – we will elect a new slate next spring and have openings now.
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.
-If you have ideas or volunteers for speakers please let me know.
-Membership drive opportunity.  Jim Littlejohn and I participated in the Peppersauce Roundup 23 Sep near Oracle.  We had a 10×10 space to set up a table to sell hats and handout membership info.  It turned out the crowd did not include many sportsmen and we were not very successful.
-Scaled Quail/Ornate Box Turtle count 30 Sep/1 Oct.  Wade Zarlingo from AGFD led the 3rd annual covey count near Bonita northeast of Wilcox.  The purpose of this effort is to assess the impact of AGFD habitat improvement in the area.  We had several volunteers from our chapter and Valley of the Sun chapter with dogs along with other organizations including NAVHDA.  We did find several coveys of Gambel’s and Scaled Quail.  Turtle count participation has grown since the first year since we found the dogs often point the turtles.  Each of the dog handlers teamed with turtle people for the count of all species.  We had a great cookout the night before and camped to get an early start before it got warm.
-Habitat projects.  Border 2 Fuels Reduction and Mearns Quail Habitat Improvement Project is tracking.  We are still working on the White Mountain Mearns project proposal and not ready to commit to it yet.
-Hunting habitat.  Both the areas for desert and mearns quail are looking great as monsoon winds down.  Better desert quail hunting than last year may take some hunting pressure off mearns.
-Sonoita fires.  The areas around Sonoita hit with fires are looking great now after the monsoon rains.  Except for the folks that lost homes, the fires have been good for habitat.
-Hog and Adobe Canyon access.  The homeowners and AGFD are still working agreements that will prevent the FS from closing the access.  Access is open at this time.
Quail Forever respects your privacy, all member emails are sent bcc.

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