Updates

14/02/2018 President’s Corner

Mearns Quail Point

Southern AZ Quail Forever 15 Feb 18 meeting minutes.

Meeting took place at Steak Out in Sonoita.  We had 18 people attend.  Social started at 6:15 with formal meeting start at 7:00.  We had a quorum of chapter officers.  For those out of town, we have received nearly 2 inches of rain in the last 36 hours – where was it during the season?
Agenda:
-Treasurer; $30,000+ in bank, no outstanding issues. Linda reviewed our banquet stats which was very successful.  My previous profit estimate was in error, we actually made a little over $15K.
A “trinchera” in Action during the recent rain in Patagonia
-David Seibert from Borderland Restorations gave an overview of their mission and strengths.  His organization has conducted ecological restoration in Southern AZ for several years.  He showed slides with several examples of their work.  He uses youth groups, prisoners and volunteers to keep costs low.  No decisions were made but it is likely we will work with this group to complete some of our habitat work.
-Tom Sullivan had planned to work Thursday with representatives from Pima County and our local rancher to repair the damage at Ramsey Well (our previous water for wildlife site).  Unfortunately the rain prevented the work.
-Our youth/novice hunt is scheduled 24 Mar at Maternity Wells about 7 miles north of Sonoita.  If you have interest in volunteering or bringing a youth please contact Nick Besenick.  There will be a dinner and camp out for volunteers the night prior.
-Good news, Sadie the Chesapeake Bay Retriever has found a new home.
-Our next meeting will be Thur 15 March at Steak Out.  There is no planned speaker, the meeting will focus on upcoming elections and future direction of the chapter.  Elections will be handled per our by-laws with nominations, acceptance of nominations, second of nominations and then a ballot via email administered by the chapter secretary.  As we do not have a volunteer to serve as the chapter secretary, I will likely pick up the role to support our upcoming elections.   To keep the process transparent, I will remove myself as a candidate for any chapter office but complete my term as chapter president.  Individual members may nominate themselves for office.  Chapter officers will turnover 1 Jul 18.
-Ron Walp brought forward a proposal to move meetings from the Steak Out due to the high noise level in the establishment.  Nick Besenick and Jim Littlejohn agreed to assess other options and come back to the group next fall with a recommendation.
Meeting adjourned at 8:45.
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01/18/2018 Meeting Minutes

Desert Scenery
Southern AZ Quail Forever 18 Jan 18 meeting minutes.
Meeting took place at Steak Out in Sonoita.  We had 29 people attend.  Social started at 6:15 with formal meeting start at 7:00.  We had a quorum of chapter officers.
Agenda:
-Treasurer; $20,000+ in bank with outstanding bills just under $5,000, no outstanding issues.
-Schedule; schedule for 17-18 hunt season reviewed.  Schedule is available on the web.
-Officer Brit Oleson from AZ G&F gave us an update on the aircraft conducted wildlife count of the Borderlands Habitat area.  She was able to count quail and sex them from the air.
-Glen Dickens from Arizona Wildlife Federation gave an overview of their mission and strengths.  He has asked us to become an affiliate of AWF.  The membership and board voted to approve his proposal.
-Josh Smith and  Rebecca Chester from US Fish and Wildlife Service provided a presentation on Buenos Aires National Wildlife Preserve and their work on the reintroduction of the Masked Bob White into the wild.  A copy of their presentation will be available on the web.
-Tom Sullivan provided a status brief on our habitat work completed and planned.  These will be available on the web.
cooling off
-Our banquet is tracking for 3 Feb 18 in Sonoita.  We have about 15 tickets remaining which can be purchased through our web site. To buy a ticket go to http://www.saquailforever.com/2017-dinner-and-auction/ and click on the click here link. Expect more information on the event to those that have bought ticket in the next week.
-Out next meeting will be Thur 15 Feb at Steak Out.  Planned speaker is from US Forest Service with more detail on the Borderlands Habitat Project.
-We really need help with a volunteer to serve as the chapter secretary.  This is a requirement to elect new chapter officers in the next few months.
-No new business was brought forward.
Meeting adjourned at 8:45.
Email addresses for Glen Dickens, Josh Smith and Rebecca Chester are in the cc line.
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An English Pointer nails a covey of Mearns Quail

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.
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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.
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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.