For the third year, there was another great turnout for the 2012 Mojave Youth Quail Hunt. The 46 young participants, ranging from 8 to 14 years old, enjoyed the weekend and bagged a total of 15 birds. Thanks to the parents for bringing their child, or another youth to this outdoors event.
The hard work of all the volunteers and support and donations from several organizations and private individuals made this event possible. Safari Club Orange County Chapter members, Lisa McNamee and Ron Mizrahi, presented each hunter with backpacks and vests. Attendees toured and enjoyed the SCI Sensory Safari van that Lisa and Ron arranged to be at the hunt.
Safety was the main focus and the 22 volunteer guides did a great job. There have been no accidents during the three events.
Kudos to California Fish & Wildlife for their support and for allowing the season to be opened two weeks early for this youth hunt.
Riverside chapter of Quail Unlimited furnished T-shirts, California Deer Association along with Quail & Upland Wildlife Federation furnished hats for all the young hunters.
Thanks to the Mojave National Preserve and staff, with special mention of Neal – Wildlife Biologist, Dora – Park Ranger and Kirk – Law Enforcement. Hats off to all the volunteers who made this happen: Rob, Toni, John C., John N., Frank, Jim, BJ, Shell & Sandy, Bob & Teresa, Tom & Debra, Lyle & Marie, Joel & Christine, Alex, Russ & Marilyn, Hamilton, Dave, Doug and Duke.
Donations from organizations and companies: Quail & Upland Wildlife Federation/John Nelson Safari Club Orange County, Hunter Safety Instructors of Southern California, Society for the Protection and Care of Wildlife/Water for Wildlife, Alpen Optics, Del Taco, Barstow Vik’s Janitorial Service/Las Vegas Hampton Inn, Barstow Culligan Water, Barstow H2Oasis Mohave Valley, AZ Colorado River Distributors, Needles Southern California Friends of the NRA, California Deer Association, Quail Unlimited/ Craig Riedel, Quail Forever, Predator Callers of Orange County, Channel Island Sport Fishing, Ventura Sport Fishing.– Cliff McDonald