The Little Bluestem Chapter of Quail Forever was recognized as the “Chapter of the Year” at the recent state meeting of Pheasants Forever (PF) and Quail Forever (QF) held in East Peoria on January 23, 2016. The award is given to a single chapter that demonstrates support for the greater PF/QF mission through multiple channels. They have active youth and habitat programs and provide financial support at the local, state, and national level to the organization. The chapter is a vocal advocate for conservation policy through the Legislative Action Fund and participates in district, state, and national meetings. They work to grow the organization and its membership serves as a role model for other chapters.
In addition, the chapter was awarded the “Prairie Pyro” award for the most acres burned for habitat enhancement. 2015 was a poor year for prescribed burns due to the wet spring and early summer. The chapter has won this award for the last 4 of 5 years.
Since its inception in 2006, the chapter has completed 112 habitat improvement projects, impacting 4,801 acres in the local area. The chapter has spent almost $140,000 on these efforts in the last 10 years, the most of any Illinois Quail Forever chapter.
Among local youth projects, the chapter supported Hunter Safety Classes, financed the 5th grade Conservation Day, presented the wildlife session at this event, supported the Ag in the Classroom conservation materials, provided financial support to the Mulberry Grove trap shooting team, and financed the participation of the Greenville and Mulberry Grove FFA chapters in the regional and state Envirothon contests. The largest event is the youth and women wingshooting clinic and pheasant hunt providing lessons in safe shotgun shooting while improving the participants’ skill level. IDNR certified instructors conduct the clinic where each participant fires 50-75 rounds at clay targets from 4 different directions. In the afternoon, each participant under the direction of a mentor is given the opportunity to harvest 2 pheasants.
The Chapter will hold its annual fund raising banquet April 2, 2016 at the American Farm Heritage Museum with doors opening at 5 PM, catered dinner served at 6:30 PM, followed by a live auction.
For ticket information contact Hal Langham 618-410-6286 or Denny Kirkham 618-267-3846.