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What's your quail count?
By Steve Byrns, 325-B53-457B,
SAN ANGELO—What's your quail count?
A Texas AgriLife Extension Service wild-
life specialist and a host of quail enthusiasts
want to know.
Dr. Dale Rollins of San Angelo said the
Trans-Texas Quail Count starts May 1. The
grassroots effort is meant to determine the
relative abundance of quail across the state.
The results, which will be collected from
quail-counters all over Texas, will be tabu-
lated to give a good idea of the state's current
quail population dynamics.
Rollins hopes to involve volunteers
throughout Texas. The count will run from
May 1-13 during the prime time that quail
roosters begin calling for mates in earnest.
"Our goal is to get as many folks out listen-
ing for quail calls across the state as possible,"
Rollins said. "Counters are especially needed
in the eastern half of Texas where bobwhite
populations are below critical mass for hunt-
ing and thus 'politically' not very important.
"Many landowners and quail hunters
think their local quail population imploded
back in October. One of our objectives of the
count is to evaluate the local abundance of
quail to determine whether or not this asser-
tion is correct."
The count's other objectives are:
•Bring attention to the plight of quail
across Texas.
•Evaluate breeding capital after two con-
secutive disappointing hunting seasons.
•Demonstrate appreciation for quail
among a broad array of stakeholders.
•Identify remnant quail populations, es-
pecially in areas of east and central Texas.
•Spark an interest in rekindling strug-
gling quail populations.
•Presence/absence of bobwhites will re-
flect availability of quail habitat.
•Identify "usable" and non-usable space
for quail.
Rollins said counting quail is easy and
takes relatively little time.
Ideally, counters make six stops at one-
mile intervals on a property and listen for
quail heard calling during a five minute pe-
riod at each stop.
Though the count period lasts almost two
weeks, Rollins said, counters need to make
the effort only once; not every day of the pe-
"The bobwhite whistle is easily recog-
nized, so training per se is minimal," Roll-
ins said. "Data sheets to record findings are
available at: . Hook up with
friends, other hunters and a local Bobwhite
Brigade youth if you wish, to form your own
count team.
You really need at least two counters per
route so there is some check 011 precision. The
count will only take about three hours of one
morning, and it's time well-spent."
Rollins said counts should take place from
7-9 a.m,. and counters should record the num-
ber of different roosters heard calling, and
the total number of quail whistles heard per
stop. Once the counts are completed, FAX
the findings to Rollins for compilation at
"Bobwhites are our main focus, but blue-
scaled quail could also be included," Rollins
said. "Just remember when dealing with the
blues that you're listening for the 'whock'
song, not the 'chip-chur' call."
Rollins said he sees the count as an excel-
lent opportunity to demonstrate what quail
appreciation is all about.
"For many who participate, that morning
could well be the first time they have ever re-
ally discovered the elements of a beautiful
morning in an auditory sense," Rollins said.
"They will be amazed at how much noise the
mockingbirds make, and how far highway
noise pollutes the morning's calm. Above all,
I hope their efforts are rewarded by hearing
at least three quail calling from each stop."
This year's quail count sponsors are
AgriLife Extension, Bobwhite Brigade, Roll-
ing Plains Quail Research Ranch, Audubon
Texas, Texas Master Naturalists and Quail
For more information, e-mail Rollins at or visit the TeamQuail
website at:
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Ladies golf winners
The Traveling Trophy winners at the Annual Panhandle Women's S.A.L.T. Golf
Tournament held April 12 were Patti Fulcher of Canadian, Melody Goad of Briscoe,
Ida Goad of Wheeler and Mika Goad-Sloan of Borger. The event was held at the Ross
Rogers Golf Course in Amarillo.
High Wired Acrobat wins at Sunland Park
High Wired Acrobat, locally owned and bred by Kenneth W. McPherson, won the
$10,600 9th race at Sunland Park in El Paso Friday. High Wired Acrobat was 5-to-l and
won the five and a half furlong dirt track in 1:03.84. High Wired Acrobat was jockeyed
by Bourdieu Jorge Martin and trained by Barber Michael. High Wired Acrobat was
won 3 consecutive races with its last victory coming in September. #16
Canadian Tennis Association formed
The recently formed Canadian Tennis Association had its first board meeting 011
Monday, April 14. The purpose of the Canadian Tennis Associat ion is to provide activi-
ties and services that will help foster skills and interest in the sport of tennis. Beginning
this summer, the association will hold clinics, host a summer tournament, have monthly
tennis nights for the entire community and have a "pizza and play" night for kids rang-
ing in age from 10-18. Information about all summer activities will be published in the
Record. Board members are Kyle Northcott, President; Bob Lusk, Vice-President; Ja-
nae Schafer, Secretary/Treasurer; Becky Reid and Johanna Ashley.
For questions or comments about the Canadian Tennis Association,
email: Canadian, tennis (ayahoo, com.
Highlight videos of 2DD7 State Championship season
Orders are currently being taken for highlight videos of the 2007 State Champion-
ship Canadian Wildcats. The DVD will include highlights from all 16 games, special
features and a look back at the historic run toward the State Championship. Cost is $30
and order forms can be picked up at the Canadian High School office. #14
State Champion footballs and T-shirts available
Orders are being taken for State Championship football panels. Currently, there are
60 footballs in stock and more can be ordered. The balls can be signed by all members of
the Championship team prior to delivery or the balls can be purchased unsigned. Also,
State Championship T-shirts are still available in most sizes. Cost for the footballs is
$40 and the T-shirts cost $15. Proceeds from the footballs will be donated to the Wildcat
ring fund and profits from the T-shirts will be used to buy each player a football panel.
For more information, contact Jim Knight at 323-5386 (work) or 323-6892( home) or
Michael Bentley at 323-8919. #09
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