Southern AZ Quail Forever will hold our last regular membership meeting of the season at Steakout in Sonoita 16 March with social starting at 6:30 and meeting ay 7:00. The subject of this meeting is the path forward for the chapter. We have made several changes over the last year and gotten quite a bit done but we want to take a little time to look at ourselves and see what we can do better. We should have a few potential projects ready for review on habitat and quail science. We have more money for projects this year but want to make sure we use it towards worthwhile work.
I am sure several of you have already headed north since the end of the season, we want your input also.
Some questions from the board to think about before the meeting. For those that can’t attend a written response would be appreciated. It can be anything between you are doing great or you need to start over to individual answers to each question or highlights of issues to work. For those providing a written response please provide by 15 March.
-Do we need any changes to our mission statement and by/laws? These are available on our website saquailforever.com
-How are we doing on communication to members? We typically send 3 emails a month and sometimes more; are we spamming you or is this about right?
-What is your preferred method to receive information; meetings, email, web, Facebook or a combination?
-What would you change with our meetings? Speakers, location, times, etc. We are working to upgrade acoustics at Steakout but no promises yet.
-Your thoughts on our habitat and science work?
-Are you getting enough info on chapter financials?
-What would you do different with the banquet? Banquet committee lessons are pasted below to see what we are already considering
-How are we doing with our interaction with AZGFD? How about other government agencies?
-What should we do to attract more board members?
-What should we change in our youth program?
We have entered memberships since the banquet – thought you might be interested in the breakdown of our members by state/province:
Up until this year,”Van” was a constant figure on Mearns Quail Hunting Scene in Patagonia AZ. Van and his Wife Karel wintered here to get out of the Nebraska cold.Van was a founding member of S.A.Q.F..He will be missed.
We had 36 people attend including three from AZGFD. Social started at 6:30 with formal meeting start at 7:00.
-Treasurer; $29,359 in bank, no outstanding issues.
-Schedule; schedule for 17-18 hunt season provided and attached below.
-Banquet; Banquet results provided. Banquet sold out with 177 paid attendees. Banquet made nearly $21,000 for the chapter. Lesson have been collected by the committee to improve future banquets. Will increase attendance cap to 200 next year. Member attendee (not including spouses/guests) breakdown: out of state 41, Tucson region 43, Phoenix and northern AZ 14 and southern AZ 17.
-Habitat; Tom provided a slide show of the completed water for wildlife project and discussed potential options for new projects.
-Mearns Quail Study; Linda provided an update on recent work completed on the diet study. It is on track.
-Hog and Adobe Canyons update; Ron Walp provided an update on the status of the potential closure of the roads leading into the canyons from Highway 82. The Crown C association has elected a new president who has provided the Forest Service a letter indicating they will work sign issues and work an agreement with AZGFD to ensure continued access. This all looks favorable but it is not done until it is done.
-Youth hunt; Nick provided update on youth activity planned 4 Mar at Maternity Wells site at Empire Ranch. Nick Besenick will be soliciting volunteers to help.
-New chapter board member; Ron Walp was nominated and elected to a new Community Relations board position where he will continue to lead our highway cleanup effort and ensure our out of state members interests are considered. Congrats to Ron who has worked hard to support this chapter, the wildlife of AZ and pay back for many years of enjoying the outdoors. We still have other board positions open, please let me know if you are willing to help.
Kirby Bristow Research Biologist from Arizona Game and Fish Department will present Quail Hunting Arizona. His presentation will provide information on Gambels, Scaled and Mearns Quail including habitat where they are found, what they eat, breeding info and how to best hunt them. His presentation will be put on our website.
Wade Zarlingo our AZGFD partner discussed the new license requirements for those wishing to train their dogs using pen raised game birds. The new rules require a new license for every 10 day period and each location you plan to train. I will forward these rules and a form to use if you wish to challenge AZGFD on this policy. Wade lives in northern AZ and had a nearly 4 hour drive home after the meeting. We really appreciate Wade’s support to the chapter.
Mearns Quail Barrel results; Brittany Oleson our local game warden reviewed the results of totally the inputs from the Mearns quail barrels. She will get formal results out to us but overall the barrels showed about 1 bird a day decrease compared to last year. We had several chapter members assist with the count which was done earlier this week. She also passed out quail wings to those wanting to use them for dog training.
New actions: none.
Meeting adjourned at 8:35.
Future chapter events;
4 Mar 17 Youth Hunt Sonoita contact Nick Besenick for information or to volunteer
16 Mar 176:30-9 PM Chapter Meeting Steak Out Sonoita Subject – Future Direction of Chapter
Summer Highway Cleanup TBD
Aug/Sep 17 Youth Event TBD
Sep 17 TBD Dove Season Opens
Sep 17 TBD AZGFD Scaled Quail Flush Count Survey
6 Oct 17 Gambels and Scaled Quail Seasons Open
Nov Highway Cleanup TBD
16 Nov 176:30-9 PM Chapter Meeting Steak Out Sonoita Subject – Dog and Survival Electronics
8 Dec 17 Mearns’ Quail Season Opens
14 Dec 176:30-9 PM Chapter Meeting Steak Out Sonoita Subject TBD
18 Jan 186:30-9 PM Chapter Meeting Steak Out Sonoita Subject TBD
Feb Highway Cleanup TBD
3 Feb 18 Annual Banquet
11 Feb 18 Quail Seasons Close
15 Feb 186:30-9 PM Chapter Meeting Steak Out Sonoita Subject TBD
3 Mar 18 Youth Hunt
15 Mar 186:30-9 PM Chapter Meeting Steak Out Sonoita Subject TBD
The Southern Arizona Chapter of Quail Forever is please to announce that Our Dinner and Auction is now sold out.We have surpassed our goal of 150 attendees.We will have 170 Quail Fans taking part in helping Wildlife.All finds raised are put towards our Water For Wildlife Project and Mearns Quail Research.Checkout our Live Auction Items and please help out our cause by bidding online!
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).