MidSouth Quail Forever

Restoring Quail habitat in the MidSouth and surrounding areas.


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YHEC 2019 August 10th

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What is YHEC?

YHEC—the Youth Hunter Education Challenge—is a one day event for youth from all over the mid south to compete in hunting events, learn about the outdoors, and have fun with other youth and adults that have similar interests. The events include shooting events (archery, rifle, and shotgun) and non-shooting events (wildlife identification, hunter safety trail, and written exam). There are two age categories, Junior (ages 12-14) and Senior (ages 15-18). Male and Female are invited ages 12-18.

Who can participate?

If you’re a youth, aged 12-18 years, have passed a Hunter Education course, you can register to participate. If you’re an adult, there are several ways you can participate. You may serve as a coach or an assistant coach. You may volunteer to help put on the event: it takes nearly 50 adult volunteers to set up and conduct all the events! You may have a special skill to demonstrate to the youth participants during an evening or other program time. (For example, hunting dog training, trapping, care of game in the field, etc.) It takes a lot of volunteers, time, money, and effort to put on this exciting event—become a part of it!




2017 Youth Hunt

Posted by midsouthquailforever on July 30, 2018 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)



The Mid South Chapter of Quail Forever hosted the 2017 youth quail hunt at Payne quail farm in Arlington Tennessee on Veteran's Day. Sixteen boys and girls joined Quail Forever chapter members for the 12th year of this event. The day started with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer for a safe hunt before the kids were given a safety refresher course from hunter safety instructor Gene Smith. After a warm-up on the skeet field, the young hunters were broken up into groups of four and teamed up with hunting mentors to hit the fields.


Some of the finest bird dogs east of the Mississippi River were ready to demonstrate their training and skill for these new quail hunters. Two Llewellin Setters, two English Setters, three Brittanies, and a fine English pointer introduced the neophyte hunters to the joys of watching a pointing dog work. Pretty much all the hunters had a chance to shoot a quail, although it would probably be fair to say that a few of the birds managed to escape the determined hunters and dogs to fly another day.


After the morning hunt, chapter members treated everyone to a hearty bowl of chili and hot dogs expertly roasted by chapter supporter Joe Wood of Modern Woodmen of America. Members also shared some tips on cleaning and cooking the birds. “This is an important event for us every year” noted hunt organizer Ike Mussleman. “It teaches young people about our history and heritage of hunting, and our respect for this noble game bird”.


Mid South Quail Forever conducts this hunt with the assistance of the Tennessee Friends of the NRA. The Friends of the NRA and NRA Foundation contribute substantial financial assistance to make this hunt possible. The NRA Foundation is the country's leading charitable organization in support of the shooting sports, awarding more than $140 million since its inception in 1990. The NRA Foundation supports those organizations and programs that ensure the continuation of our proud shooting and hunting heritage.


The Mid South Chapter of Quail Forever works with area landowners to improve quail habitat so youngsters such as these will be able to experience the legacy of wild quail hunting in the future. Quail Forever also encourages youth activities through its No Child Left Indoors program. For more information about the Mid South Chapter, call Walker Morris at (901) 218-3542, or visit their website at www.midsouthquailforever.org. Press release by Johnny McFarland

YHEC 2018

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Mid South Quail Forever, along with the Friends of the NRA and TWRA, are proud to host the West Tennessee National Rifle Association Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC). This free event will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018 beginning at 8:00am at Anderson Farms in Oakland, Tennessee. Our venue host, Ronnie Downs, has graciously allowed us to conduct this event again at his beautiful grounds.

YHEC is an outdoor skills and safety training review for young hunters. Rifle, bow, wildlife identification, map and compass orienteering, and hands on training are included in this competitive event. NRA refers to the YHEC as the “graduate program in hunter education.” This program is designed to help children and families develop an interest in outdoor sports and hunting events. Points are awarded to participants. Awards are presented at the conclusion of the program with lunch provided. There is no charge to participate in this event. See photo tab for more pic.

Pollinator Program Success!

Posted by midsouthquailforever on May 16, 2018 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)



Millington, TN May 2, 2018. In an effort to support outdoor education and diverse wildlife habitat for

the future of pollinators and upland gamebirds, the Mid South Chapter of Quail Forever partnered with

Woodstock Ghost Riders 4-H Horse Program of Shelby County at Woodstock Orchard to deliver the

organization's signature “Youth Pollinator Habitat Program”. Members of both organizations gathered

on April 29 to learn about the importance of pollinators to our food chain and to plant a native wildlife

plot featuring pollinator plants common to a southern ecosystem.

The program's objectives are to increase awareness about declining grassland wildlife species including

quail, songbirds, and pollinating insects, educate the public on the importance of pollinator habitat, and

establish quality pollinator habitat throughout the country. Local Quail Forever chapters are working

with communities to create habitat projects that involve youth, school, and community groups. Quail

Forever wildlife biologists for West Tennessee, Gordon Counts and Brittney Viers provided invaluable

assistance in establishing the habitat.

“This is yet another way Quail Forever helps influence the conservation leaders of the future” stated

Johnny McFarland, youth director of the Mid South Chapter of Quail Forever. “This pollinator plot is

helping to restore critical habitat for monarch butterflies, honey bees, and song birds while serving as

an outdoor classroom for involved groups like this 4-H chapter led by Lydia Holland. It is a win-win

situation for all.”

Approximately one-third of the food we consume is delivered by pollinators; including fruits,

vegetables, and coffee. Habitat necessary for rapidly declining populations of bees and butterflies is

also the same diverse habitat necessary for quail, songbirds, and a host of other wildlife species. The

insects produced in this habitat are a primary food source for quail in their first months of life.

This Quail Forever Youth Habitat Pollinator Project is made possible by funding from Dupont Pioneer,

Monarch Joint Venture, Cabelas Outdoor Fund, Bayer Bee Care, and the Mid South Chapter of Quail

Forever. For more information about the Mid South Chapter, call Walker Morris at (901) 218-3542, or

visit their website at www.midsouthquailforever.org.

Left to right, the picture shows Evan Shaw, Layla Holland, Naomi

Garrett, Lacaria Harris, Alyssa Shaw, Mia Brown, Matthew Sears, and

Chaney Harrison. Photo by Johnny McFarland


YHEC 2017

Posted by midsouthquailforever on June 29, 2017 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (7)

Youth Hunter Education Challenge, July 29, Oakland TN

National Rifle Association and Mid South Quail Forever Present the Youth Hunter Education Challenge

Twenty boys and girls gathered on July 29, 2017 at beautiful Anderson Farms in Oakland for the West Tennessee Youth Hunter Education Challenge. These young people competed in .22 rifle, shotgun and archery, then went on to have their knowledge of hunter safety tested on a trail that consisted of a series of challenges regarding gun handling, safety, and hunting skills.

The National Rifle Association teamed up with Mid South Quail Forever to present what the NRA refers to as its graduate program in outdoor skills and safety training for young hunters. Hosted by Ronnie Downs and his wife, Sharon Anderson, the farm proved to be an ideal location for the event, which was not only a competition, but a learning opportunity, as well. Wildlife officers and rifle instructors from Tennessee Wildlife Resources were on hand to guide the young people through the rifle event. During the archery session, equipment and instructors were on hand from the TWRA and Academy Sports Southaven so everyone would have an opportunity to compete. Judging from the smiles on the faces of the kids and the volunteers, it was easy to say the event was a success!

While all the kids did a great job, six winners were chosen based on their overall score. In the Senior division, Josiah Markum was first, followed by Matthew Mullins and Eli Morris. The Junior division was won by Preston Burks, with Colton Throneberry and Dylan Kilby close behind.

The Oakland event is the State event for Tennessee, and all participants are eligible to go to the National event which will be in Pennsylvania in 2018. Quail Forever involves young people in the outdoors as well, through their No Child Left Indoors program. Pictures from the event are available on the Mid South Quail Forever website at www.midsouthquailforever.org. More information about the NRA-YHEC can be found at yhec.nra.org/


Video here https://www.facebook.com/TennesseeWildlifeResourcesAgency/videos/1814395908587995/

Thanks to Amy Snider and TWRA for the video 8)

Harold and Kumar go to Fire Academy

Posted by midsouthquailforever on October 7, 2016 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Harold and Kumar go to Fire Academy

Actually, it wasn't Harold and Kumar. It was chapter members Jurey Howard and Johnny McFarland. They attended the Prescribed Burn School at the Tennessee Fire Academy in beautiful Bell Buckle Tennessee. The two day school covers weather observation, weather requirements, burn plan preparation, fire behavior, and burn plan requirements, among other information necessary to become a certified burn manager in Tennessee. Johnny and Jurey were joined by several members of the Quail Forever Kentucky Lake Chapter, in addition to TWRA, NRCS, and TDF attendees.

While a great deal of the program was classroom oriented, attendees did have a field exercise involving evaluating several properties for a potential burn, and actually did conduct a prescribed burn on a three acre field at the academy. The sixty degree wind shift added a level of excitement to the burn, and was a great teaching opportunity for all students involved.

Many of the attendees visited the Tennessee Fallen Firefighter Memorial. It is a beautiful memorial on the grounds of the academy to recognize those who have paid the ultimate price for our safety. The mission of the Tennessee Prescribed Fire Council (T.N.P.F.C.) is to foster cooperation among all parties involved with prescribed fire in Tennessee, to promote appropriate use of prescribed fire by encouraging the exchange of information, techniques, and experiences among prescribed fire practitioners; and by promoting public understanding of the importance, benefits, and complexities of prescribed fire.

Quail Forever is dedicated to the management and restoration of habitat for Pheasants, Quail and other upland game species.