Drought Could Make For Bleak Quail Season


With a dry spring behind us and the future holding little prospect for rain, local quail hunters are probably facing a bleak season.

Jack Sheahan provided a smidgen of hope for a better hunting season with some photographs he brought to the Payson Roundup Tuesday morning.

Jack says from his home on East Ridge Lane near the Tonto Apache Reservation, he's observed several coveys of quail with good numbers of chicks.

That's good news for quail hunters, but some much awaited rain will be better for all concerned.

More for hunters

Floyd Green and the Arizonans for Wildlife Conservation will conduct an informational forum about a referendum coming up on the November ballot dealing with wildlife management in the state. If you think the trapping issue of several years ago was big, this one could be even more controversial. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 16 at Mario's in Payson. Organizers of the forum say it's important for all hunters and outdoors people to attend.

FCA dinner

The local chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is hosting a sponsorship dinner June 23 at the Small Cafe. All proceeds will be used for scholarships to send about 20 local athletes to sports camps in Flagstaff and Santa Barbara, California.

Dinner seatings begin at 5 p.m. and continue until 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the chicken or prime rib meal are $15. Call 474-8291 for more information.

Cool San Diego

A quartet of local athletes traveled to California last weekend to participate in the San Diego Marathon. Mike Henderson, Stacey Henderson, Tiffany Konvalin and Pat Meyers all ran in the 26.2 mile gut-check.

Meyers, a veteran runner of 20 years, has participated in about 10 marathons and plans to travel to San Francisco next month for a run there.

At San Diego, Meyers was running with her niece. When her niece couldn't finish the event, Meyers also dropped out to assist her.

Mike and Stacey Henderson were running their first marathon. Konvalin participated in a triathlon earlier this spring in Mexico.

Down by "The Riverside"

Escape from town July 24 to 26 with this trip to Riverside Hotel and Casino in Laughlin, Nev.

The cost is $75 for a single room or $60 per person for double-occupancy accommodations. The price includes a two-night stay at Riverside Hotel and Casino, two buffet meals and air-conditioned travel via an Arrow Stage Lines deluxe motor coach.

The bus departs from Payson at 9:45 a.m. Mon., July 24 and returns around 6:30 p.m. Wed., July 26.

Trip host is Bob Maglione. Seating is limited. Registration deadline is Friday, June 23.

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