Friends, food, fun and some words on quail conservation
A grand tour of four high-end Alabama hunting lodges and plantations in the state's fabled Black Belt region is something most bird hunters and dog handlers would truly enjoy. I surely did.
A visit to southern bobwhite quail country includes wide-ranging, early release coveys and recently planted birds, plus both pointing and flushing breeds. Mule-drawn wagons take you back in time. Riding a horse as another option adds to the pleasure. Quail buggy rides. Simply walking through classic quail cover is a pure delight.
Alabama Black Belt Adventures and Pam Swanner, director, did the amazing work of putting this quail hunting event together.
We were also there for reasons of quail conservation and management.
Realtree is a national sponsor and conservation partner of both Quail Forever (QF) and Pheasants Forever (PF). I joined some of these folks on this late-season tour of 'Bama quail country.
QF promotes conservation through grassroots efforts, as does PF. Founded in 2005, QF aims to improve habitat, raise public awareness and educate both hunters and non-hunters. Land management policies and programs fuel this. Locally raised funds by chapter members and volunteers are retained for project use. As a result,100 percent of money generated is spent by supporters on the local and regional level. "The Habitat Organization" includes 145,000 dues-paying members and 700 local chapters nationwide.
Please click through this photo gallery to see photos and read about our trip to Black Belt quail country.
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