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first_imgRecreational DemandGeorgia hunting preserves buy about 5 million quail annually, Dozier said. There is also a market for quail in Alabama and South Carolina.”In the past several years, it seems like our hunting and recreation demand keeps increasing,” he said. “There could be increased demand in the future.”Quail BusinessTucker’s quail operation would be considered large, Dozier said.”For someone just starting in the business, I’d recommend buying about 5,000 quail — no more than 10,000 — to really learn the business,” he said. “Learn how to grow quail before you really increase your production up to, say, 40,000 or 50,000.”Tucker said he respects quail and is thankful to make a career out of growing them. But he doesn’t get attached to them. He knows what awaits some of the birds. Some will fall to hunters. Some will fall to natural predators, like house cats, he said.”Cats are very skillful night hunters, and a quail doesn’t have a very good chance at night against them,” he said. “Anyone that has a quail operation can tell you how elusive they can be.”But some of the quail will survive and multiply.”Those birds will turn wild, hatch new babies and continue to grow,” he said.Quail-hunting season begins Oct. 1 and runs through March 31 on Georgia hunting preserves. A decline in certain natural habitats has severely decreased the wild population of one of Georgia’s primary game birds: the bobwhite quail.Though a state initiative has been funded to save and restore quail habitats, there is still a need to meet the demand for hunting. That’s where someone like J. Todd Tucker steps in.Tucker owns and operates Southern Star Quail Farm in Moultrie, Ga. The quail he raises and sells will be used on the estimated 175 quail hunting preserves in Georgia.”I’ve been in livestock all my life. I started raising cattle with my family,” said 29-year-old Tucker. “But we didn’t have enough land to do it with cattle.”So Tucker downsized, so to speak. With six acres of land, Tucker takes care of about 10,000 laying hens and sells about 750,000 day-old chicks annually.”I stayed with it and made a living,” he said. “It just so happens I’m doing it raising quail.” The decline has been blamed, in part, on changes in the way farm land is managed in Georgia. Many farmers are working larger fields. To get those larger fields, farmers often clear out the brush, weeds and trees between small fields.But quail need insects and heavy brush like the area between fields, Dozier said, to nest and thrive. With four consecutive years of drought and unstable prices, quail production could be an excellent alternative enterprise for Georgia farmers, said Bill Dozier, an Extension Service poultry scientist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.On the DeclineSince the early 1960s, the wild quail population has fallen 70 percent in Georgia, Dozier said. In 1960, 4 million wild quail were harvested. That figure dropped by 1996 to only 630,000.last_img read more

first_imgMASON CITY, Iowa – Mayor Bill Schickel declared a state of emergency in Mason City in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). For information about Coronavirus (COVID-19), visit https://cghealth.org or https://masoncity.net. Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 the Charles H. MacNider Museum will be closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The staff will continue to work and will be available to answer questions during this time via phone and email.  The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum will also discontinue youth and adult activities through April 10.  The ceramics studio will remain closed during this time, as well as the Imagination Playground.  Please follow the Museum online and on Facebook for daily art projects, lessons, and inspiration. The City Hall building will be closed to public access, suspending face-to-face and in-person payment transactions for the protection of residents and city staff. Specifically, City Hall will close at the end of the business day, Tuesday, March 17 and will remain closed until further notice. The Mason City Public Library closed to the public effective March 17 through March 28, 2020 (subject to change). The City of Mason City will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions that support public health and reduce spread of COVID-19. The public will be updated as needed. Listen back to today’s press conference via the audio player below: City staff in these buildings will continue to work and provide services to the public electronically, by phone, by mail, and when necessary, by appointment. At this time there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cerro Gordo County but the proclamation follows the Iowa Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) notification of community spread of the virus in Iowa and recommendation of the immediate implementation of mitigation measures to slow the spread of the virus.center_img From: Aaron Burnett, City AdministratorDate: March 17, 2020Subject: Mayor Schickel Declares State of Emergency in Mason City Utility Billing payment options during this period include:ACH (Automated Clearing House) and e-check automatic bill payments will continue as regularly scheduled.Payments can be made online at www.masoncity.net, click the ‘Utility Payments’ icon on the left sideChecks can be mailed to: Utility Billing, City Hall, 10 First Street NW, Mason City, IA 50401.Payments can be dropped at the drop box located just west of City Hall.Single use sanitation stickers will not be available to purchase at City Hall and instead will be available at area stores for purchase.Bus passes will not be available for purchase at City Hall until further notice. PROCLAMATIONWHEREAS, one of the most important responsibilities of City Government is theprotection of the citizens it serves; andWHEREAS, on March 9, 2020 a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency was issued tocoordinate the State of Iowa’s response to this outbreak and such disaster continues toexist; andWHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, President Donald J. Trump issued a proclamationdeclaring that the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States constitutes a nationalemergency; andWHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, Governor Reynolds issued a State of Public HealthDisaster Emergency; andWHEREAS, Iowa Department of Public Health and Governor Reynolds hasrecommended immediate implementation of several mitigation measures includingavoiding gatherings of events of more than 10 people, andWHEREAS,  Iowa Code and the Mason City City Code grants the Mayor powers inemergency circumstances when public danger exists to take extraordinary steps to protectthe public health and safety; andNOW, THEREFORE, I, Bill Schickel, Mayor of Mason City, Iowa do hereby proclaimthe following;I hereby determine that a state of emergency or public danger exists and direct that allgatherings of 10 people or more on public property or public right-of-way are herebyprohibited as of midnight tonight and any permits or permissions previously granted arehereby rescinded.This Proclamation of emergency and public danger is part of an ongoing response of theCity of Mason City to protect public health and safety and may be modified orsuperseded with more restrictive proclamations at any time as circumstances warrant.I further ask all citizens to follow the guidelines set out by Centers for Disease Control,the Iowa Department of Public Health, and Cerro Gordo Public Health.Whereupon I subscribe my name and the seal of the City of Mason City on this 17 th dayof March, 2020.___________________Bill Schickel, Mayor The Recreation Business Office located in Southbridge Mall will also be closed until further notice. The childcare services portion will remain open. The Call Center is operating from 8 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday for individuals with questions about COVID-19. The phone numbers are (641) 494-3546 or (641) 494-3547. Citizens can also call 2-1-1 for statewide information. Through this proclamation, Mayor Schickel is prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people on public property or public right-of-way effective at midnight tonight and strongly suggests private gatherings of 10 or more people on private property should be avoided. The proclamation follows a statement last week encouraging social distancing. For information and questions related to City services and programs, please contact the appropriate City department or submit a request through the City’s Citizen Request Center at www.masoncity.net.last_img read more