Turnin’ the Dirt

As the old saying goes in Missouri “Show Me”! This “Turnin-the Dirt” section does just that. Here we show and tell what our chapters and members are up to based on submitted Habitat Reports received at National. By reporting to us what they have done, others can see and better plan for their projects and undertakings getting more ideas as a chapter, member or landowner.

Show us the dirty hands, dusty equipment and broad smiles as you do what we were formed for, Turning-The-Dirt™ for habitat and upland wildlife. Take lots of photos in JPEG format, others will want to see. You may have reached out for our youth or young adults, taught snake avoidance classes, hunter safety classes or worked on guzzlers in our National Forests; we want to share your accomplishments. Get your chapter to submit your Habitat Reports today.

Many may claim to be conservationists but over the long haul, you build your credibility and respect on individuals and their results, not organizations. Volunteers are the reason for the local accomplishments, not anyone’s organization, money or influence. There is a label for that kind of rhetoric, it is called politics, when you take claim for accomplishments that are not your own.

At QUWF we thank you and work hard to provide the support platform you need to “Turn-The-Dirt™”.

Note: Reports shown here are submitted by chapter volunteers.

Let’s Tell Our Story;

Fall Food Plots
Choctaw County Founding Chapter 10, Mississippi

(Sept. 28, 2010) 30 acres of strategically planted food plots impact 1,020 acres of wildlife habitat including deer, turkey, quail, dove, rabbits and song birds. Acres used for youth hunting activities. Project Total: $5,125.00

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Wildlife Habitat Food Plots
Choctaw County Founding Chapter 10, Mississippi

(Sept. 11, 2010) Food plots planted on a 300 acre farm impacting deer, turkey, quail, dove, rabbits and song birds. The farm is used for youth hunting activities. Project Total: $2,468.00

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Bridge Creek Project
Central Oregon Founding Chapter 5, Oregon

(August 7, 2010) Food and cover plots, 350 food shrubs planted, 4 irrigation pumps and 300 hand line solid set irrigation pipe installed on 40 acres. Quail, chukars, pheasants, doves, mule deer, rocky mountain elk, pronghorn antelope and numerous song birds benefit. Project Total: $34,784.00

 

Snake Avoidance Clinic
Santa Clarita Founding Chapter 14. California

(Summer 2010) 3 snake avoidance clinics to train dogs and owners to detect the presence of snakes. Clinic hours: 354 hours Clinic Totals: $5,693

Water Guzzler Surveys
Santa Clarita Founding Chapter 14, California

(July 31, 2010) – 35 water sources surveyed, GPS coordinates recorded and maintenance and repairs scheduled. Quail, dove, rabbits, squirrels, deer, coyotes, bobcats, turkey and fox affected by this project. Project Total: $2,564.00

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Controlled Summer Burn
Truman Lake Chapter GC105, Missouri

(July 23, 2010) 25 acre burn to suppress grass, improve nesting and provide brood cover for next year. Quail, deer, turkey, rabbit and dickcissels benefit. Project Total: $805.00

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Conversion to Warm Season Grasses
Truman Lake Chapter GC105, Missouri

(June 29, 2010) 10 acre conversion of cool season grasses to native warm season grasses. Quail, grassland birds, deer and turkey affected. Project Total: $1,430.00

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Boy Scout/National Park Service Project
Northern Virginia Founding Chapter 16, Virginia

(June 19, 2010) A research project was conducted with the Boy Scouts and the National Park Service on 90 acres to see if the augmentation of wild quail with raised quail would work. Habitat was improved prior to the introduction. Quail, deer, rabbits, several song bird species were affected. Pictures included. Project Total: $3,982.00

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Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Planted to Native Warm Season Grasses
Truman Lake Chapter GC105, Missouri

(May 26, 2010) Partnered with FSA, 60 acres of CRP lands were converted to NWSG for quail, deer, turkey, grassland birds. Project Total: $10,300.00

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Conversion of Ag Land and Nesting Improvement
Flint Hills Founding Chapter 02, Kansas

(April 27, 2010) 50 acres. Converted 16 acres of agricultural lands within 3 tracts to native warm season grasses and forbs. Enhanced nesting and brood-rearing habitat for upland game species. Project Total: $1,849.00

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Conversion to Warm Season Grasses
Truman Lake Chapter GC105, Missouri

(April 22, 2010) 6.5 acres were converted to native warm season grasses for quail and upland wildlife that included whitetail deer and turkey for private landowner. Project Total: $2,220.00

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Spring Food Plots
Choctaw County Founding Chapter 10, Mississippi

(April 5, 2010) 15 acres of corn and milo planted and native grasses planted around a 5 acre buffer zone impacting 300 acres of wildlife habitat. Project Total: $3,040.00

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