Park Cities Quail to honor George Strait at 2014 banquet

aabigcheckpcqCountry music legend George Strait will receive the 2014 T. Boone Pickens Award from Park Cities Quail at the annual PCQ Dinner and Auction, March 6, 2014 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, according to the group.

“We look forward to honoring George Strait, a true national treasure,” said PCQ Chairman Emeritus T. Boone Pickens. “In addition to his unparalleled career in the music industry, George is a respected third-generation rancher, conservationist and humanitarian who generously shares his resources and influence to make this world a better place. George is a lifelong hunter, fisherman and world-class roper. It is clear when you see the remarkable habitat at his ranches, and hear him speak of his love for the land, that he is a sportsman and conservationist with a tremendous knowledge for wildlife.

“George shares our passion and commitment to see the region’s wild quail population restored to historic levels and creating recreational opportunities for sportsmen.”

Along with announcing Strait as the winner of next year’s award, Park Cities Quail recently gave out 10 grants totaling $770,000 to quail conservation/research groups during a ceremony at Collectors Covey in Dallas.

The 2013 grant awards were distributed to:

• Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch, $298,700 for annual operating budget

• The QuailTech Alliance, $110,000 for a supplemental feeding study

• National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, $75,000 for national ag coordinator funding

• UNT Quail, $72,000 for a North Texas quail corridor

• Texas Tech IEHH, $68,000 for a study on regional factors influencing occurrence of eyemworms and another $65,633 for a study to assess toxicology of aflatoxins from deer corn and impact of pesticides on quail

• Texas A&M AgriLife Research, $25,670 for study on coccidiosis in wild quail and impact of pen-raised birds and another $10,000 for a study on drug-resistant microbes in wild quail and pen-raised quail

• Sul Ross Borderlands Research Institute, $20,000 for desert quail program

• Texas Brigades, $20,000 for Bobwhite Brigade funding

Read the August 23 issue of Lone Star Outdoor News for a more detailed report on the studies funded by these grants.