Red Butte Quail Forever looks forward to introducing youth to thrill of quail hunting

Quail hunters and conservationists in Kanab, Utah, have formed the state’s newest Quail Forever chapter. The Red Butte Quail Forever chapter covers Kane and Garfield Counties, and is committed to creating and improving habitat for quail and other wildlife, as well as providing youth an opportunity to experience the outdoors.

Quail Forever is the quail conservation division of the 125,000-member strong national Pheasants Forever organization. Pheasants Forever launched Quail Forever in 2005 to address the continuing loss of habitat suitable for quail and the subsequent quail population decline.

“Quail Forever is extremely happy to have the Red Butte chapter as part of our organization,” said Ryan Storm, Quail Forever regional representative for the state. “The conservation-minded personalities of the new chapter leaders set a great example, and we’re hoping other conservationists in the state will follow their lead.”

The Red Butte Quail Forever chapter is led by newly elected president Larry Crutchfield of Kanab, Utah. Crutchfield, a longtime outdoorsman, noted, “As big game tags in Utah have become harder and harder to get, we knew we had to do something to keep the youth involved in the outdoors. I recalled my youth of growing up in Indiana hunting small game, how fun it was, and thought the quail hunting in our area would be a great opportunity to get youth back outside. The community has been outstanding in showing their support for our chapter. Local businesses have offered assistance and landowners are already getting in contact to find out how to improve habitat on their property.”

The chapter also elected Jim Yelton of Kanab as vice president, Dan Clarkson of Kanab as treasurer, James Holland of Kanab as habitat chair, and Harry Barber of Kanab as youth education chair.

Image courtesy Quail Forever

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