Preserving northwest Texas and western Oklahoma’s bobwhite quail hunting tradition will be the focus of the upcoming Red River Quail Symposium. Set for Oct. 11-13 in the Texas cities of Henrietta, Wichita Falls and Archer City, the event is a combined effort of state Extension, private foundations, wildlife associations and government agencies. It is being held in lieu of Oklahoma’s Bollenbach Quail Symposium and Texas’ Quail Study Group educational events.
“The symposium will provide land owners, managers and quail enthusiasts with information regarding habitat management, quail hunting leases and integrating quail management in to cattle operations, among many other topics,” says Dwayne Elmore, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension wildlife specialist. “Some of the most brilliant minds working in bobwhite quail today will be at this symposium. It will be a chance for attendees to pick the brains of people they normally wouldn’t have access to.”
The information-packed three days will kick off on Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. with a tour of the Birdwell and Clark Ranch, seven miles east of Henrietta on U.S. Highway 82. The tour will focus on managing for cattle and quail together.
On Oct. 12, activities will begin with registration at 7:30 a.m. at the Multi-Purpose Event Center in Wichita Falls. Topics will include quail cooperatives, brush management and the economics of hunting.
The Oct. 13 events will take place on the Harvey Ranch, five miles west of Archer City on Farm-to-Market Road 210. Plant identification, supplemental feeding and cost-shared conservation practices are in the agenda.
“We can talk a lot about different aspects of quail habitat management, but it’s hard to explain in a classroom setting. Showing it to someone is crucial,” Elmore says, noting that the on-site ranch tours are a big draw for the symposium.
Individual registration is $75, payable on site. The fee covers three meals, refreshments and a copy of the symposium proceedings. Daily registrations are available for $25 for each of the tours, and $50 for the Oct. 12 session alone.
Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be available for each of the three days (nine hours total).
For more information, contact Elmore at (405) 744-9636, call 1-800-TEX-WILD or go to www.texas-wildlife.org.