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Quail Forever brings hunters together

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Quail hunting in Albany has been a tourist attraction for years. Hunters in the new southwest Georgia chapter of Quail Forever have bigger plans though.  

"When someone says the Masters they think Augusta, Georgia; when they say duck hunting they think Stuckar, Washington," said member Bo Henry. "Well I and the group here want to make it so that when someone says quail hunting they think Albany, Georgia."

In order to do that, Bobby McKinney has started a local chapter of Quail Forever. In just a few months, they have between 30 and 40 members.

He says the decision to pick Quail Forever was an easy one for them.  

"We chose Quail Forever for a lot of obvious reasons primarily being they have a national presence and they also are already a part of the Florida-Georgia Quail Coalition," said chapter president Billy McKinney.

Quail Forever is a national group that allows local chapters to keep the money they raise. They also share similar goals with McKinney.  

"Our key goal is to preserve quail hunting habitats for quail and other species for future generations," said Quail Forever Regional Rep Talbott Parten.

Already, the local chapter is planning three events. A member and potential member meeting in the early fall, a national conservation hunt, and a youth outreach event as well.

McKinney says there could be more than these three events. The hope for the future extends farther.  

"I'd love to have a group of people who are interested in quail habitat as it relates to the wildlife management areas so that anyone can have access to it," said McKinney.

As for Bo Henry, he hopes the conservation plans will preserve the hunting for his kids and continue to bring hunters to Albany.

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