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March 25, 2016
Quail Groups Set 1st Oklahoma-Texas State Meeting
   Quail habitat and preserving the outdoors heritage are among the topics to be addressed at the first Oklahoma and Texas State Convention of the Quail Forever and Pheasants Forever organization, to be held April 1-2 in Ardmore.
   The event will kick off that Friday afternoon with a landowners' workshop and tour,sponsored by The Noble Foundation. A welcome reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Ardmore Convention Center. A full schedule of activities is planned for Saturday in the Noble Foundation/Southern Oklahoma Technology Center, including seminars, activities and a habitat fundraiser banquet.
   Laura McIver, QF/PF regional representative, said chapters in both states are already making great strides in raising funds for habitat improvement and youth programs. But there are many opportunities for the groups to make a difference.
   "This event will start the Oklahoma State Conservation Fund and the Texas State Conservation Fund," she said. "We will be raising money to help fund Farm Bill biologists to work with landowners, to help provide quality habitat for upland wildlife, create opportunities to impact more youths, and work toward purchasing land for public hunting opportunities.
   "Everyone is welcome to attend. Get ready for two days packed with something for everyone," McIver said.
   Alan Peoples, chief of wildlife for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, will deliver a welcome message Saturday morning. Also, Scott Cox, senior upland game biologist for the Wildlife Department, will participate in several breakout sessions focusing on habitat Saturday afternoon.
   Sessions will be offered on topics including prescribed burning, habitat solutions for quail, dog training, pollinators, chapter marketing and recruiting. A full agenda is available online at oklahomaquailforever.org.
   Announcement of awards will wrap up Saturday's meeting, which will be followed at 5 p.m. with a banquet and silent auction.
   Registration for the entire event and banquet is $50 per person. Seminars and lunch are availabe for $30. Deadline is March 31. To register or for more information, go online to oklahomaquailforever.org or call (907) 750-2600.