Bird hunters are the majority of people chasing the elusive quail. As bird hunters we just dont spend the money, that other outdoorsman/women do.
In waterfowl, deer, and turkey, they get new camo patterns everyyear, new higher power ammo.They have blackpowder guns that can drop a deer at 200+yards.
As bird hunters, we use the same shotgun for years, we may buy new gun from time to time faster lighter. A good pair of hunting boots last for years. Not alot can be done with chaps. For the average quail hunter a good dog will last 5 to 10 years.
I personally dont need new gear. When I do Ill get it. But it will be the same as stuff I wore out.
We just dont bring in revenue the others do. In Indiana's case the money doesnt get spend to bring the quail back, or they dont spend the money to see why they are dissapearing. Yes there is concern, by the state, and some money has been spent.
But Id bet if the turkey/deer or waterfowl started dissapearing the way of the quail, it would see greater attention. Im 42. Ive seen some good hunting , 10 years ago, but nothing like what was seen in the 60's.
Ive hunted Texas just as bottom was falling out. But even then Quail was a second thought behind deer.
As bird hunters we dont even have spokesman for the sport. Deer hunting has many, Brian and Tiffany, Waterfowl has The Duck Commanders.
When Tv shows come on with bird hunting, its 10 minutes of hunting/ dogs the rest is commercials.
I for one dont know the answers. But not willing to give up the sport I love. I 100% agree we all need to pull the wagon.
: The National Bird Dog Championship is a very
: important event on many levels. It is
: history, a chronicle of the field trial
: sport, a bellweather of bird dog
: development, a proving ground for breeding
: the next generation of useful field dogs, a
: roster of those committed to compete at the
: highest levels, and possibly a commentary on
: conservation practices and the state of our
: natural world.
: When the requirements to hold a quality
: trial are out of whack, the event is less
: than what it is supposed to be and ALL of us
: who care suffer the consequences. The Ames
: Plantation is an historic place - the home
: of this championship now for several
: generations. Without a doubt, Mr and Mrs
: Ames would be moving heaven and earth to get
: their birds back just as some other
: plantations and ranches across the country
: have done.
: My concern is that we identify the best bird
: dog as our national champion each year. We
: require these dogs to win at the highest
: levels to have an opportunity to compete at
: Ames. We require their handlers and owners
: to commit to the training and hard work to
: prepare their dogs for the three hour grind
: in the toughest of conditions. We want
: special dogs with all the right qualities to
: win this trial and be the breed on dogs of
: the future.
: The sport, the die hard fans of great dogs
: and these owners and handlers deserve the
: best available proving grounds for this
: contest. Moving the trial does not make
: sense IF there are proven methods of
: assuring a viable population of game birds
: to run on. I think there are ways to
: increase, sustain and build that wild bird
: population thru aggressive trapping and
: relocation or quality habitat revision and
: early pre-release efforts.
: I believe Ames Plantation Management, the
: University of TN, the Ames Foundation
: trustees and the National Championship Field
: Trial Committee have tried to deal with the
: bobwhite situation at Ames but like many
: have failed to come up with a solution. Is
: it time for them to admit failure and ask
: for outside help? Is a solution available
: thru changed farming, burning, grazing,
: predator control, mechanical alterations of
: the property, etc ALONG with a quality jump
: start of new bird introductions?
: The concern for me is the old definition of
: insanity..."Doing the same thing over
: and over and expecting a different
: result". We do see the results of the
: current management and I do think we all
: recognize the difficulty of sustaining wild
: quail populations as we've watched them
: disappear over a wide section of the
: country. Instead of worrying about UT, the
: Foundation, the trial, money, etc. - LET'S
: WORRY ABOUT THE BOBWHITES FIRST AND
: FOREMOST. The rest of this stuff will take
: care of itself. What do you think Hobart
: Ames would be worried about? Wouldn't he
: look at the successful places where bobwhite
: are sustained and get that success started
: at his beloved plantation?
: I have personally been involved in large
: organizations, gov't bodies and affiliated
: university institutions. Their goals and
: agendas are not the same and believe me,
: this does matter. I'm not trying to be
: critical but facts is facts. Between these
: groups, I doubt we can find anyone who truly
: obsesses about wild bobwhite quail on that
: plantation as much as they care about their
: jobs or the budget or succession, etc. Mr
: Ames though would have turned that place
: upside down and inside out until there were
: bobwhite to be found when he turned loose
: his dogs or invited you to his plantation.
: No one wants to reach a point where owners,
: handlers and the field trial public doesn't
: care to get their dog to Ames or even who
: wins. We're getting close folks. Let's get
: this trial back where it belongs in status
: at its time honored location. Everyone
: needs to pull this wagon in the same
: direction and that direction is all stops
: need to be pulled out for the bobwhite
: quail. Mr and Mrs Ames would have it no
: other way!