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Tom Devlin has donated much of his land, and considerable financial resources, towards learning how to improve quail populations on his ranches.
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A male, left, and female bobwhite quail taken on one of Tom Devlin's ranches.
Tom Devlin, left, and Dick Price head for the SUV so they can head to a new quail hunting spot.
A Brittany spaniel runs amid managed prairie grass in Butler County.
Hank, a Brittany spaniel, points a single quail in prairie grass.
Water tubs are scattered amid Tom Devlin's ranches, so his dogs can get a drink and cool themselves during the middle of a hunt.
Though best known for his business successes, Tom Devlin thinks he is succeeding at improving quail populations on his properties.
Tom Devlin watches as one of dogs, Sally, points a running covey of quail on one of his ranches in Butler County.
Management on Tom Devlin's ranches stresses the importance of having good amounts of native grass, some brushy cover and ample food for quail.
Nathan Sexton walks in to flush a pointed quail.
Tom Devlin moves in to flush a bird pointed by one of his dogs.
Three decades of avid quail hunting has endeared many traditions to Tom Devlin. One is enjoying a good cigar, usually unlit, while watching his dogs work
Tom Devlin has enjoyed the outdoors over much of the world, but a good quail hunt on one of his ranches makes him especially happy.
Land manager Jim Roebuck watches dogs work a line of dense cover where quail can hide from predators and be fed.
Sally, closest, and Duke, point birds in Butler County.
Dogs point birds in an old hedgerow where branches have been dropped to improve cover.
Hank, one of Tom Devlin's Brittany spaniels, points in dense cover.
Land manager Nathan Sexton walks past dogs pointing birds in an old hedgerow where branches have been dropped to improve cover.
Duke, a Labrador retriever/English pointer cross, on point amid the prairie grasses.
Dick Price watches as dogs point birds in an old hedgerow where branches have been dropped to improve cover.
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