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Quail banquet aims to raise funds for habitat restoration

Published 6:45pm Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A local organization is hosting and auction and banquet event with proceeds helping out on its habit project for the Bobwhite Quail.
The Alabama Covey Rise Chapter of Quail Forever will host its membership banquet Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at The Stables at Russell Crossroads.
Chapter president and banquet chairman Mark Knight said the event will help raise funds for the chapter’s habitat project.
“This is our Sixth Annual Alabama Covey Rise Chapter of Quail Forever membership banquet,” Knight said. “We will have raffles, a silent auction and a live auction. It’s to raise money for the Wind Creek habitat project that we have.”
Quail Forever is a national habitat organization that is a part of Pheasants Forever.
“The thing about Quail Forever and Pheasants Forever is whenever we hold a fundraiser, the only money we send to the national office is the price of memberships,” Knight said. “All of the other money we raise we get to keep locally.”
Quail Forever manages a 54-acre section of land outside of Wind Creek State Park that it manages any way it sees fit to help facilitate the development of the bobwhite quail.
“We have been working on this for several years, and one of our board members, Steve Forehand, played a big part in this,” Knight said. “We now have a big partnership between ourselves, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the National Wild Turkey Federation to co-manage a tract of land outside of Wind Creek State Park.”
SpringHwwouse will cater the banquet and Knight said several prizes will be auctioned and raffled off.
“We will have a 5-day, 4-night trip to the Bahamas, several different guns, a Big Green Egg (grill), and we also have a 7-day, 4-person dove hunt in Argentina,” Knight said. “We will have some other hunting, outdoor and jewelry prizes.”
Tickets are $70 for individuals, $100 for couples and $15 for children under 18 years old.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or can be reserved by contacting Knight at at 256-749-1115.