Park Cities Quail
Quail hunting brings the generations together and gets young people into the great outdoors. To walk through the country with a friend and watch a bird dog at work is to understand co-dependence. Additionally, quail hunting increases land value, supports economies in rural towns and provides a livelihood for countless dog breeders, dog trainers and hunting guides.
As long as there has been quail hunting in Texas, there have been boom years and bust years. However, the numbers and the experts indicate that we are in an unexplainable slump in wild quail populations in recent years. As hunting opportunities have diminished, thousands of sportsmen have put down their shotgun, contemplated giving away their bird dogs and selling their dog trailers. Owners of ranches purchased in anticipation of long walks and heart stopping covey rises are wondering if they will ever see the good days again.
Help is on the way. Following years of research and analysis, the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch in Roby, Texas, has committed to taking on the region’s first complete study of the effect that disease and parasites have on wild quail. They are spending $2 Million on project “Idiopathic Decline.” Acting as both a research ranch and also a foundation, the RPQRR is taking proposals from the top research organizations, thereby creating a competitive marketplace for ideas and solutions.
Park Cities Quail is unique. All proceeds from our dinner and auction go directly to quail research and education in Texas. We are a volunteer non-profit organization, and virtually all of our items at our Annual Dinner & Auction have been donated. This gives us what is arguably the highest gross-to-net ratio of any conservation group in the country. As a result of your generosity, this grass roots organization has donated the most amount of money in the shortest period of time of any conservation group in history. PCQ has also spawned 12 additional chapters across the state operating collectively as the Quail Coalition.