Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson QUGAThe Quail and Upland Game Alliance (QUGA) serving Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky Wildlife Management has a new director.

Jerry Johnson, who is a charter member of QUGA including serving 30 plus years with Quail Unlimited has started this position on September 1, 2015.

Jerry’s extensive background with wildlife and habitat has well prepared him for his role, and he has hit the ground running in his first weeks with the organization.

He works with landowners and governmental agencies promoting conservation programs and has years of experience establishing habitat. QUGA he is proud to have him on board in this capacity.

“QUGA is the fastest growing outdoor organization that is quickly being recognized for the quality of benefit to the outdoors.” said Jerry Johnson. “It’s an honor to serve in this position, I hope that my experience and skills will enhance the management of wildlife resources.” he said.

Jerry is the Owner of Johnson’s Lumber and Hardware Store in Atlanta, Illinois for over 30 years. His interest in wildlife management began early in Southern Illinois. His is an avid quail hunter. Jerry has assisted local landowners in creating wildlife habitat, performing prescribed burns and planting prairie grasses on over thousands of acres.


David Howell

Dave HowellQUGA part-time consultant David Howell is a wildlife biologist whose conservation experience began in 1972 and includes working with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

David retains memberships in The Nature Conservancy, The Wildlife Society, National Bobwhite Technical Committee, and other conservation groups. He is instrumental in writing grants and working with state wildlife agencies.

David received the 2008 National Bobwhite Technical Committee Annual Individual award. He was also the recipient of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources 1983 Biologist of the Year award.

David holds a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Biology.


Steve Kern

Steve KernReceived his Wildlife Management degree from Michigan State University. He recently retired from the IL Department of Natural Resources after 33 years of service where his duties included private lands habitat work, wildlife surveys, public land management, conservation education and habitat establishment and restoration. He worked with NRCS, FSA and SWCD personnel on programs such as CRP, CREP and WHIP.

Steve has worked with many local, state and national conservation organizations, retains his membership with Illinois Wildlife Society and is the chairman of the local SWCD GIPCIES board.

QUGA members, chapters and private landowners are very fortunate to have the knowledge both Dave & Steve have to offer.

Each QUGA Chapter offers habitat assistance to local landowners, from answering questions to assistance with equipment and seed.