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Post #1  Post subject: Quail Man Holds AGFC Commissioners Attention
PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 6:58 am 
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by Bryan Hendricks
March 1, 2015


Usually, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission limits presentations at its public meetings to 10 minutes or less, but Don McKenzie held it spellbound for nearly 40 minutes.

More important, he gave the commission optimism that it can revitalize bobwhite quail populations in Arkansas.

McKenzie, of Ward, is executive director for the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (http://bringbackbobwhites.org/). The NBCI is dedicated to stabilizing and rebuilding bobwhite quail populations in the 25 states that constitute the bobwhite's traditional range. It is the last best chance that quail have to remain relevant to the American sporting landscape.

The commission's attentiveness to the NBCI presentation was encouraging and ..............

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http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2015 ... on-with-h/

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Post #2  Post subject: Re: Quail Man Holds AGFC Commissioners Attention
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The decline of quail is the biggest failure of modern wildlife management. Biologists and wildlife agencies have mostly sat and watched the decline while doing very little about it. I agree that it is primarily habitat loss. The Pea Ridge project is great but does absolutely nothing for hunters. Until quail are available to hunt in numbers hunters are not likely to get behind the restoration project. AGFC needs to start close to home on our state owned WMA land. Most of these lands look like they have been abandoned. Grown up, nothing much going on, no manpower, no funding no interest in them, and most importantly the staff does not even begin to understand real on ground management so they have no idea where to start. The Commissioner need to revitalize the WMA's and only they can do that. The millions spent on nature centers in intercity areas do not raise one single quail and the people going to these things most could not care less about quail recovery. The WMA's have thousands of acres of habitat suitable for quail management and doing that does not mean eliminating other game species to do so.

First thing that needs to happen is for the Commissioners to get their priorities in order, get the WMA staff motivated or gone and then actually get something done on the ground. Quit trying to be state parks and get with what Amendment 35 says for them to do. :twocents:


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Post #3  Post subject: Re: Quail Man Holds AGFC Commissioners Attention
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The decline of quail is the biggest failure of modern wildlife management. Biologists and wildlife agencies have mostly sat and watched the decline while doing very little about it. I agree that it is primarily habitat loss. The Pea Ridge project is great but does absolutely nothing for hunters. Until quail are available to hunt in numbers hunters are not likely to get behind the restoration project. AGFC needs to start close to home on our state owned WMA land. Most of these lands look like they have been abandoned. Grown up, nothing much going on, no manpower, no funding no interest in them, and most importantly the staff does not even begin to understand real on ground management so they have no idea where to start. The Commissioner need to revitalize the WMA's and only they can do that. The millions spent on nature centers in intercity areas do not raise one single quail and the people going to these things most could not care less about quail recovery. The WMA's have thousands of acres of habitat suitable for quail management and doing that does not mean eliminating other game species to do so.

First thing that needs to happen is for the Commissioners to get their priorities in order, get the WMA staff motivated or gone and then actually get something done on the ground. Quit trying to be state parks and get with what Amendment 35 says for them to do. :twocents:


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Nature Centers :censored: , I do enjoy the centers but I would rather see the money spent on wildlife conservation. More money needs to be spent in education and conservation of wildlife.


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