WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Quail hunters took to plantation fields on Friday to help preserve and grow the sport in South Georgia. The first Georgia Quail Invitational hunt began Friday. Karyn Weekley, wife of PGA Golfer Boo Weekley, said quail hunting was tougher than she expected. She is an experienced deer and dove hunter, but this was her first time hunting quail. "It's very unique," said Weekly. "Watching out for the dogs. You're surrounding people. Not wanting to mess up. Making sure you hit." Kelly Pace of Milton, Florida agreed that the quail hunt is fun, and for an important cause. "I think it balances conservation and just enjoying the hunt," said Pace. "Enjoying the dogs. [It's] Exciting." The Georgia Quail Invitational is the first event for the Southwest Georgia chapter of Quail Forever, with the money helping fund quail conservation programs.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently announced that it will receive $1.3 million in federal grant monies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help private landowners in Missouri improve grasslands, glades, and woodlands on their properties for both wildlife habitat and agriculture production.
As the Conservation Commission approves annual expenditure plans, MDC plans to match the federal grant monies over the next five years through its existing Private Lands Services program.
White explained that the cost-share grant monies will be dedicated to enhancing grasslands in northern and western Missouri for both livestock grazing and wildlife such as quail, and will include MDC Quail Focus Areas and grassland Conservation Opportunity Areas. The funds will also be focused on restoring glade and woodland habitats in the Ozarks of southeastern Missouri through cost-share funds and incentives for forest landowners.