For Immediate Release

Southwest Indiana Quail Forever Chapter Begins Bobwhite Quail Restoration

A pair of bobs enjoy an autumn afternoon.

Chapter dedicated to bringing back quail and other wildlife through habitat

Evansville, Ind. - January 13 -

Bobwhite quail enthusiasts in Indiana have formed the nation's newest Quail Forever chapter. Named Southwest Indiana Quail Forever, hunters and conservationists created the Vanderburgh County-based group to be an active force in reestablishing quail habitat in the region.

“I like Quail Forever’s habitat mission, and I believe it will help get wildlife back in Indiana,” said Larry Broerman, the chapter’s newly elected president and Indiana native. “Within the next three to five years our chapter plans to start seeing improvement in bobwhite quail through habitat work. In addition to quail, we are looking forward to seeing an increase in other wildlife like rabbits, deer, and songbirds that also come from quail habitat restoration.”

Broerman, who lives in Vanderburgh County, started hunting rabbits approximately 50 years ago at the age of ten with his cousin, Carl Schillinger, who is also the Southwest Indiana Quail Forever chapter’s vice-president. “Back then, you would always run into quail while rabbit hunting,” Broerman noted. He and Schillinger eventually graduated to hunting behind bird dogs (Broerman – English setter, Schillinger – German shorthaired pointer) for Indiana quail and have continued hunting in Indiana throughout their life. Broerman has been a member of multiple conservation organizations, including Pheasants Forever, for many years because of his belief in habitat. No stranger to fundraising and volunteering time, he has helped raise over $1,000,000 for youth sports in his community.

“Local knowledge leads to local results and with the Southwest Indiana QF officers’ knowledge of their community, I am confident we will accomplish habitat projects that will benefit all wildlife in southwest Indiana,” says Brian Nentrup, Quail Forever regional representative.

The chapter plans to focus habitat restoration efforts on public and private lands. The chapter also hopes to work on reclaimed coal mines with the goal of incorporating upland habitat on the landscape throughout southwest Indiana. “The work we are doing is for the next generation and the generation after that,” noted Broerman.

The Southwest Indiana Quail Forever chapter

• The Southwest Indiana Quail Forever chapter has also elected William Gowin as banquet chair, Tim Hambidge as secretary and Ole J. Olsen, Jr., as treasurer.

• The chapter’s next meeting will be held at the Nisbet Inn on January 30, 6:00pm.

• The chapter also covers Vanderburgh, Posey, Warrick, Spencer, Pike, and Gibson Counties.

• For more information on the Southwest Indiana Quail Forever chapter, please contact Larry Broerman at (812) 455-6993 / email Larry.

For information on “The Habitat Organization” in Indiana, contact Brian Nentrup, Quail Forever’s regional representative, at (317) 753-4543 / email Brian. For all other information, contact Rehan Nana, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever public relations specialist, at (651) 209-4973 / email Rehan.

Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 135,000 members and 720 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent, the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure.

Rehan Nana (651) 209-4973 or email Rehan