George Strait to receive Pickens Sportsman Award

via our friends at Country Music Tattle Tale
George Strait will be in Dallas on Thursday to receive the T. Boone Pickens Lifetime Sportsman Award from Park Cities Quail.

The fundraising event was sold out before Christmas and is expected to raise more than $600,000 to be invested in quail-related research, education and habitat enhancement programs through various entities.

According to the Audubon Society, America’s bobwhite quail population has declined from an estimated 31 million in 1967 to about 5.5 million today.  Wildlife biologist Macy Ledbetter has worked with Strait for eight years. Ledbetter is a South Texas-based consultant who works with 256 Texas ranches through all geographic regions.

“Mr. Strait is extremely committed to native habitat management on his properties,” said Ledbetter. “He’s very comfortable in the brush, on the tractor, in the helicopter, behind the shotgun or rifle and takes ranch management very seriously.”

Strait is also a deer manager who told Park Cities Quail Chairman Joe Crafton that he started hunting when there weren’t many deer in South Texas. He sometimes sat all day on a board nailed in a mesquite tree in hopes of seeing a buck.

Strait told Crafton that he’s always been amazed to receive country music awards for doing something he loves, and he feels the same way about the lifetime sportsman award.