Conservation Matters February 2015

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

QuailMasters workshops coming to South Texas this spring

QuailMasters workshops coming to South Texas this spring

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Wildlife Association have set the dates and opened registration for QuailMasters – South Texas.

Dr. Dale Rollins, San Angelo-based retired AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist and lead instructor for the workshops, said QuailMasters is a series of hands-on, intensive training sessions designed to expose participants to the best quail habitat in the state while making them “masters” of the art and science of quail management.

“This is the first time we’ve hosted QuailMasters with a South Texas focus,” Rollins said. “So if you’re from the southern part of the state, hunt quail in that area or own property there, then this is your opportunity to attend sessions that are maybe a little closer to home.

“Those who could benefit from attending QuailMasters include landowners/managers, hunters, quail enthusiasts, consultants, AgriLife Extension agents, wildlife biologists and college students.”

Rollins said participants are expected to attend all four sessions. Session dates and the general locations of each are as follows:

  • Session I, March 22-24, Victoria/Refugio
  • Session 2, May 3-5, Cotulla
  • Session 3, June 7-9, location to be announced
  • Session 4, Aug. 9-11, Hebbronville

Individual registration for all the sessions is $500, due by March 6. The fee includes most meals and classroom materials. Three hours of graduate college credit are available for an additional fee. Space is limited to 35, so coordinators urge those planning to participate to register as soon as possible.

Rollins said the course is partially funded by AgriLife Extension’s Reversing the Quail Decline Initiative, as a way to educate landowners in best management practices for bobwhites. Rollins is the initiative’s statewide coordinator.

Jerry Hammon, a quail hunter from Friendswood and a past participant, said, “Nowhere can you find a more comprehensive study regarding quail, quail habitat and management practices while enjoying the comradery of the other participants, instructors and professionals that shape Texas wildlife habitat — a first-class program.”

Registration is available online. For more information, contact Rollins at 325.653.4576 or d-rollins@tamu.edu, or Clint Faas at 979.541.9803 or cfaas@texas-wildlife.org. Read the full AgriLife Today article for more details.

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