Chasing Gentleman Bob – Quail of the Rolling Plains

By: Justin Bryan

Bobwhite quail are a boom and bust species. With an average life expectancy of one year, their reproductive ability must be able to make the most of a good situation. For us in the Rolling Plains region of Texas, a “good situation” is defined by maintaining 100% usable quail habitat on any given property. This includes an abundance of nesting sites, escape and loafing cover, and praying for cooler than normal, wet summers. Fortunately, we can control the range conditions (i.e., quail habitat) through proper grazing, unfortunately we cannot control the weather.

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Below is data collected by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which represents the mean number of quail observed along defined routes per year for the Rolling Plains.Notice the “booms” and “busts”? Those once again are tied to range and weather conditions and more importantly represent years you can hunt and years you likely should not. As quail enthusiasts, we would like to hunt good populations of wildlife quail every year.

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Our goal as quail managers is minimize the drop in the “busts” and maximize the increase in the “boom”. We do this by implementing mechanical, chemical, prescribed fire and judicious grazing techniques to enhance the habitat and then pray it rains. For more information on quail habitat management in Texas, contact Justin Bryan at 325-260-5883.

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Hall and Hall Attends Dallas Safari Club’s Annual Convention

By: Tyler Jacobs

Justin Bryan and I just returned from the Dallas Safari Club’s annual convention.  For those of you not familiar with Justin, he is our latest addition to our Resource Management division, opening our third company office in Texas. Justin will be offering services to our clients’ needs regarding management of wildlife, fisheries and natural resources, meeting a large demand for such services in Texas and the surrounding states.

Open Fences Editor/Publisher David Light, Justin Bryan, and Tyler Jacobs.

Open Fences Editor/Publisher David Light, Justin Bryan, and Tyler Jacobs.

Our  attendance at the DSC convention served as a great reminder of why we place such priority on participating in these venues. At Hall and Hall we have committed to attend a long list of trade shows and conventions, and have for as long as anyone can remember.  Cattle shows, hunting conventions, farm shows, fishing shows, conservation groups, state livestock associations…the list goes on. We make a real attempt and commitment to attend all we can reasonably justify. We invest in booths, displays, and travel to events such as NCBA.

What’s the purpose, and how does it serve our clients?

Hall and Hall runs on one fuel – relationships. Our advertising and marketing runs on relationships. Our expertise and professional development depends on relationships. Our ability to enjoy, participate and contribute to the rural lifestyles we all enjoy is dependent on our exposure to those people and enterprises we draw from.

While the 2016 convention numbers are not released yet, DSC had over 45,000 attendees to its convention last year. There were over 1,000 exhibitors across its 850,000 square feet of exhibition space.  Everyone walking into the Dallas Convention center last weekend has a connection to the same lifestyle preferences that all of us at Hall and Hall have – a love for the outdoors, the land, the wildlife, and all that those assets offer to us as individuals. We want to be among those people, all 45,000 of them.

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More than 1,000 exhibitors across 850k square feet of exhibition space.

So look for us in the next few weeks, particularly Safari Club International in Las Vegas and National Cattleman’s Beef Association in San Diego. See you there.