For Immediate Release

Golden Triangle Quail Forever Chapter Forms in Illinois

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Group dedicated to improving habitat for bobwhite quail

Quincy, Ill. - February 09 -

Quail hunters and conservationists in Illinois' Adams, Brown and Pike Counties have formed the state's newest Quail Forever chapter. Known as the Golden Triangle Quail Forever chapter, the group has set out to improve habitat to boost local bobwhite quail populations.

In Illinois, the annual quail hunting harvest has declined more than 95 percent from its peak in the early 1960s, a drop indicative of massive habitat loss for the bird. "We need to work to preserve what we have left and work to build on some of what's been lost," said Ryan Viehmeyer, newly elected president for the Golden Triangle Quail Forever chapter, "It's important for the current members of this chapter and for generations to come."

"It's great to see the excitement that's building for bobwhite quail habitat conservation in these counties and across Illinois," said Tim Caughran, Quail Forever's Regional Wildlife Biologist for the southern half of the state, "The new chapter fills a much needed void in west central Illinois. When 35 guys show up at the initial meeting, as they did for the new Golden Triangle Quail Forever chapter, you know they mean business."

Golden Triangle Quail Forever

Pheasants Forever launched Quail Forever in 2005 to address the continuing loss of habitat suitable for quail and the subsequent quail population decline. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever empower county and local chapters with the responsibility to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds will be spent - the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure. As a result, chapter volunteers are able to see the fruits of their efforts locally, while belonging to a larger national organization with a voice on federal and state conservation policy.

  • The Golden Triangle Quail Forever chapter has also elected Trevor Beck of Quincy as treasurer, Rodney Cook of Loraine as habitat chairperson, Frank Freiburg of Quincy as banquet chairperson and Russ Tate of Liberty as youth and education chairperson.
  • The chapter will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, February 22nd at 7PM at Kutter's Bar & Grill in Quincy. Anyone interested in joining or learning more about the chapter is invited to attend.
  • For more information about the Golden Triangle Quail Forever chapter, contact Ryan Viehmeyer at (217) 257-3885 / ryanv@adams.net.

Illinois is home to The 43 Pheasants Forever, 19 Quail Forever and 10,000 Pheasants Forever and/or Quail Forever members. Find out more at www.illinoispf.org.

Anthony Hauck (651) 209-4972 AHauck@quailforever.org