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Quail Invitational brings notoriety to Albany

Bobby McKinney Bobby McKinney
Ken Cook Ken Cook

Seventy hunters from across the country are in Albany this weekend for the 2nd Annual Quail Invitational. 

Quail hunting is not only great sport, but it's big business for South Georgia, employing hundreds and bringing millions of dollars into the economy each year.

Guest hunters enjoy the quail hunting at Turkey Trak plantation in Lee County. This event raises money and helps spread the news about South Georgia's quail industry.

Quail Forever Southwest Georgia Chapter President Bobby McKinney said "It's a 250 million dollar business between here and Tallahassee, Florida.  So quail hunting is very important to the economy."

This is one of the chapter's biggest fund raisers. The money goes to conserve and build quail habitat, so the wild birds have the type of environment needed to thrive, and keep the sport alive.

Quail Forever National President Howard Vincent said "Quail is culturally the bird that everyone grew up on, and something we want to continue.  An opportunity to get youth in the outdoors and continue the hunting heritage."

Ken Cook from Athens was one of the journalists here for the Quail Invitational, spreading the word through their columns about South Georgia and Quail Forever's mission.

Cook said "I know the programs that they have for land owners, as well as others who share the desire for great conservation, which you have to manage habitat for this."

The money from this weekend's event will also sponsor school hunting and shooting clubs, passing hunting on to the youth of today.
McKinney said "We want to have a heritage that they can enjoy also one day, and pass on to their children."

Quail Forever also works with federal legislators for action to help improve quail habitat, and conserve the land for these birds to thrive. If you want to help support their conservation efforts, The Quail Invitational will host auction dinners tonight and tomorrow night at the Hasan Temple, with a country music concert Saturday.  

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