Visual display of the Aldo Leopold papers : 9/25/10-3 : County, State and Foreign Files

				
 
 
         It is not planned to attempt to place this entire project in 
operation this year, but to concentrate activities on a tract of 
12,000 acres in Harper county. A covey-check of this area was made 
last week, and approximately 2,000 quail have survived on this refuge. 
To this amount 250 more have been added by the state and the plan of 
food-planting, predator control, leanto coverts,etc. will begin at 
once on this sanctuary. If the plan is successful on this sanctuary 
the entire program will be placed in effect in 1931. 
 
         Sportsmen of the state are free in estimating that from 5 to 
50% of the entire quail population of the state perished in one month 
this year during the unprecedented cold weather. Like everywhere else 
in matters of this nature, their opinions differ widely. The commission 
estimates that l10 of the quail population did perish from cold and 
hunger, and last week finished planting 10,000 Mexican birds in various 
sections of the state. More than 600 of these birds were placed on the 
three field trial grounds, Vinita, Claremore and Oklahoma City. 
 
         I told the commission of our field trial quail demonstration 
proposal, and of Stoddard's decision that, while Vinita is the logical 
place for such a project, he would not like to undertake the work of 
a demonstration before a year's study had been made of conditions on 
these grounds. I suggested that this was an excellent opportunity for 
the commission to test the refuge plan in a place where the most Ok- 
lahoma sportsmen would see it in operation, and that such a refuge 
would be of great benefit to the sportsmen as well as providing the 
commission with a considerable amount of favorable publicity. They 
fell in with the idea readily and are taking the matter up with Dr. 
F.M.Adams. Dr. Adams, I feel sure, will cooperate fully and will 
be successful in blocking up a goodly acreage in that area as a state 
game refuge. The signs we saw there last November (State Game Refuge) 
are old and the state has no lease on any of this acreage. So it may 
be that we will 7et a field trial demonstration stattdd at Vinita yet. 
The Harper county and Vinita projects are the only ones the commission 
intends inaugurating this season, but may extend the plan. 
 
       Van H.Montgomery, state game war cýn, is a close personal friend

of mine, and one of long standing as I have known him in field trial 
activities. He is anxious for me to make a trio over the state with 
him in organization work, which will probably be done at a later date. 
 
       The commission is anxious for aid and advice and welcomed my 
visit enthusiastically. 
 
       If you would care for an article on this project for the maga- 
zine or for the news service I can probably secure some photographs 
and elaborate upon the scheme. It is by far the most extensive sanc- 
tuary scheme yet proposed by'any of the states within my territory.