John Ambrose

John Ambrose (left) accepts his Henry Golden Boy 22 Magnum rifle and is congratulated by Bill Abbott.

John Ambrose won a Henry Golden Boy 22 Magnum rifle from the Lake Country Quail Forever’s recent raffle. The drawing was held at Abbott’s Home and Garden.

In 2005, in response to continued declines in quail populations and suitable quail habitat, Pheasants Forever formed a quail division, Quail Forever.

Quail Forever’s mission is to conserve quail, pheasants and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public access, education and conservation advocacy.

Unique among national conservation organizations, chapters of Quail Forever retain 100% decision-making control over their locally raised funds.

This allows chapter volunteers to develop wildlife habitat projects and conduct youth conservation events in their communities, while belonging to a national organization with a voice regarding state and federal conservation policy.

Quail Forever and Pheasants Forever host more than 750 fundraising events annually, most commonly annual chapter banquets. The Lake Country chapter was unable to hold their annual banquet fundraiser, which is a major source of revenue for the local chapter of Quail Forever.

To offset the loss of funds generated by the banquet the group has raffled a Franchi 20 gauge shotgun and a Henry Golden Boy 22 Magnum rifle.

The next event for the Lake Country Quail Forever chapter is the Biggie Hunt Youth Retreat on June 26-27. Youth will get to experience fishing, rifle, shotgun and BB gun training. A camp out on June 26 also includes a canoe ride along the Dan River and lessons on plant and tree identification and other outdoor events.

Each youth must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information or to sign up for the retreat, contact Mac McDannald at 434-517-1245.