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Bobwhite Quail and Native Plant Field Day
June 16th 2011 - 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
MU Bradford Research and Extension Center, Columbia, Missouri

Designed for landowners, students, quail & native plant enthusiasts; Meet the experts and see Exhibits; No fee and No Reservations Required for Field Day. Drinks and Hamburgers.

Download the Agenda (PDF)

Bobwhite Quail Summit (Registration Required): 1:00 - 4:00 PM Surrogator Research, Managing for Brood Habitat, Weather Patterns and Quail, Private Land Quail Restoration Successes, Developing a Quail Management Plan, Quail Hunting Tips
Field Day and Tour (No Registration): 4:00 - 8:00PM
Workshops: 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Quail Ecology; Habitat Management; Population Dynamics/Predators

Six All New One Hour Wagon Tours Include:

  • Landscaping and Enhancing Wildlife on Small Acreage with Native Plants
  • Plant Diversity and Pollinators for Birds and Insects
  • Better Habitat by Managing Native Grasses and Tall Fescue Renovation
  • Giving Quail the Edge-Ideas for Field and Waterway Management
  • Managing a Field Border For Wildlife and Profit
  • Implementing Wildlife Practices and Pond Management on Your Farm

    Sponsored by:
    University of Missouri College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources, MU Extension, Lincoln University Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Soybean Association, USDA NRCS

Directions: From the junction of U.S. 63 and Hwy AC on the south edge of Columbia, go 5.5 miles east on New Haven Rd, turn right (south) on Rangeline Rd. and go just over a mile to the Bradford Farm entrance on the right. http://aes.missouri.edu/Bradford

For More Information, Contact:
Tim Reinbott: 573-884-7945, reinbottt@missouri.edu
Bob Pierce: 573-882-4337; piercer@missouri.edu



Potterfield Donation Helps Create FOREVER Shooting Sports Program


$1.27 million pledge triggers Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever effort to get youth shooting and outdoors

Saint Paul, Minn. – February 3, 2011 – Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever has received a $1.27 million pledge from Larry and Brenda Potterfield, founders of MidwayUSA, to launch its FOREVER Shooting Sports Program. The funding will help Pheasants Forever achieve its goal of developing a sustainable, comprehensive shooting sports program with its chapters and partners.

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever's FOREVER Shooting Sports Program will utilize research-based recruitment and retention strategies to introduce up to 20,000 individuals annually to shooting sports through a variety of community based programs and events over the next five years. The program is off and running thanks to the first donation from the Potterfields for $250,000. Dick Leeper, Executive Director of the Midway USA Foundation, presented the check to Pheasants Forever at the organization's National Pheasant Fest event this past month.

"This generous donation from the Potterfields is a direct reflection of the great work Pheasants Forever members, chapters, partners and staff are doing with our No Child Left Indoors® initiative," said Howard Vincent, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever's National President and CEO, "We view the FOREVER Shooting Sports Program as a gateway to the outdoors, and a gateway to the world of wildlife habitat conservation."

National Youth Leadership Council at Pheasant Fest in January receiving a check from Dick Leeper, Executive Director of Midway USA Foundation."Brenda and I, along with the rest of the folks at MidwayUSA, strongly believe in Pheasants Forever's habitat mission," said Larry Potterfield, "We've always believed in giving back to conservation organizations. We're proud to factor in the creation of the FOREVER Shooting Sports Program and look forward to years of great shots and even greater conservationists."

Models for successful shooting sports programs already exist within Pheasants Forever's ranks. For example, the Mid MO Young Guns QF Chapter based out of Macon won the National No Child Left Indoors Award in 2009. They annually hold 4 youth/womens’ shooting events including a rabbit hunt, a pheasant hunt, a quail hunt and a raccoon hunt. They also hold a habitat day for youth that focuses on creating habitat on the Thomas Hill Conservation Area – a Quail Emphasis Area. The Mid MO Young Guns also have the privilege of having a youth member on the National Youth Leadership Council, PF and QF’s answer to the disconnect with youth in the outdoors. The fact that youth help plan and facilitate Young Guns shooting events has helped recruit additional youth members, and it also helps the youth develop the leadership skills they will need as future Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever volunteer conservationists. Through the FOREVER Shooting Sports Program, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever plan to develop up to 10 such "Young Guns" programs annually.

Pheasants Forever also plans to make ammunition and incentive grants available to all 700-plus Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever chapters across the country as part of its FOREVER Shooting Sports Program.

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever chapters hold more than 500 youth events annually. Missouri Chapters host over 40 events per year for Missouri Youth. Missouri currently boasts 21 active QF chapter and 5 active PF chapters. For more information, contact Elsa Gallagher, Quail Forever Regional Biologist for Missouri at egallagher@quailforever.org or 573-680-7115.

The picture is of the National Youth Leadership Council at Pheasant Fest in January receiving a check from Dick Leeper, Executive Director of Midway USA Foundation.



Hey Chapters!


Be sure to check out the Chapter Resources tab to the left for "one-stop-shopping" for many of the documents and forms necessary to run a successful chapter. We've also updated the Education Page and added links to the Show-Me Happenings Newsletter below. We hope you'll find the new resources useful and be sure check back regularly as we will be adding more information often.

If you have information, testimonials, stories, or pictures you would like have added to the site, contact Missouri's PF/QF Regional Biologist, Elsa Gallagher.

The Show-me State boasts 22 Quail Forever Chapters and 6 Pheasants Forever Chapters. We welcome your interest in helping to restore quail, pheasant, and other wildlife to Missouri's diverse landscape.

Visit the Chapter Contact page to find contact information for a local chapter or feel free to email our Regional Biologist, Elsa Gallagher at egallagher@quailforever.org.


Starting Your Own Local Quail Forever Chapter



How is a chapter formed?
Chapters are formed by committed groups that have an interest in seeing upland wildlife habitat improved. After initial consultation with Quail Forever, a group generates interest in an organizational meeting for their area through publicity and talking with associates and community leaders.

A Quail Forever Regional Biologist will conduct the meeting/seminar. Although successful chapters have been established with fewer individuals, it is best to have 10-20 people at the initial meeting. Other individuals can be added later to this core of workers and potential officers. At a subsequent meeting, a board of directors is appointed, representing the area served by the chapter.

Who should be included?
All persons interested in upland wildlife. Where possible, involve business and professional people for organizational and financial expertise and for contacts in your community. Generally, a cross-section of individuals representing all segments of the community will ensure chapter success. Try to involve farmers, landowners, state wildlife biologists and NRCS, FSA representatives as well.

What are the responsibilities of the chapters?
Chapters sign a charter agreement requiring them to hold one (1) annual fundraising event where Quail Forever membership is included in the ticket price to the event.

What is the distribution of money from chapter fundraising banquets and other events?
Chapters maintain control over the expenditure of 100 percent of the funds raised at all chapter events. The only money sent to the national office are those funds generated from the sale of QF memberships. These funds are used in part to provide members a subscription to the Quail Forever magazine, a membership decal and card. The remainder pays for administrative expenses like postage, printing, insurance, salaries and travel.

How do chapters typically spend their money?
Funds are typically spent on local habitat projects like upgrading existing CRP, establishing quality nesting cover, managing edge cover, or tree thinning. These projects are done on either private or public lands. Chapters have also become involved in cost sharing the acquisition of public wildlife areas with agencies. Habitat planning and establishment is accomplished in close cooperation with professional biologists. Chapters may also choose to spend funds on youth education programs or contribute towards National legislative efforts directed at beneficial Farm Bill programs. Where possible, chapters dovetail funds through cost sharing with wildlife agencies. Funds may not be spent on stocking of pen-reared quail or predator control.

What does the National office provide?

  • The services of a Regional Biologist for fundraising assistance and habitat planning advice.
  • Top quality QF merchandise at reduced prices.
  • Legal and accounting services that minimize chapter reporting.
  • Liability insurance for QF sponsored events.
  • A seed program that provides free food plot seed and wholesale purchase prices for nesting mixes.
  • Free lists and labels to chapters for all of their members.
  • All IRS filings and compliance reporting.

For more information on starting a Quail Forever chapter in Missouri, please contact: Elsa Gallagher - (660) 277-3647

In other states, please contact: Jim Wooley, Director of Field Operations/Quail Forever (641) 774-2238

Quail Forever's unique system empowers county chapters with the responsibility to determine how 100% of their locally raised conservation funds will be spent. This truly grassroots operating strategy allows local chapters to see the fruits (or in most cases, birds) of their efforts in their own communities while still having a strong voice for conservation policy in Washington, DC.

Quail Forever (QF) was started in August 2005 and now has over 100 chapters nationwide and more than 5,000 members. Its parent organization, Pheasants Forever (PF) began in 1982 and boasts over 650 chapters and more than 115,000 members nationwide.