SPORTS

Wildlife organization promotes deer habitat

Chase Burns/Submission

West Central Illinois branch of Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is hosting a 3D Archery Shoot, on Saturday, May 8, at Pope Creek Archery located at 1885 65th Ave., Aledo. Registration for the event begins at noon.

The branch has great prizes for top finishers and many giveaways for attendees including QDMA memberships. For more information and to RSVP, contact Steve Hood, at (309) 756-8350.

The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is a non-profit wildlife conservation organization dedicated to ensuring a high-quality and sustainable future for white-tailed deer and white-tailed deer hunting.

On Saturday, June 12, the WCI Branch of QDMI is holding a Food Plot and Field Day in rural New Windsor at 1116 330th St., New Windsor, home of Dr. Brian Anseeuw's Big Red Barn. "He's one of our members," said Chase Burns, QDMA WCI branch president.

Several phenomenal speakers will be presenting at this event, and it will be a "must see" for anyone with an interest in improving the quality of wildlife habitat on their property or managing for a healthier deer herd. This will be an all-day free event and open to the general public.

These events bring in world-class whitetail experts to present on topics related to habitat manipulation, whitetail nutrition and quality deer management, according to Burns.

 "We're a fairly new organization," he added. "This is our first 3D shoot and first field day."

Burns anticipates that between 50-60 shooters will show up for the 3D shoot.

"My goal is to have 150 attendees (at the field day) That's my personal goal," said Burns.

QDMA was founded in 1988 and currently has more than 50,000 members in all 50 states and several foreign countries including many deer management professionals.

Chartered in 2008, the West Central Illinois Branch of QDMA has begun a new era in whitetail history in the Mississippi Valley and tributary watersheds of Illinois. Without question, the QDMA is rapidly becoming the most respected and influential white-tailed deer organization in the United States.

The QDMA is the only whitetail conservation organization to ever receive the prestigious "Group Achievement Award" from The Wildlife Society, the parent body of nearly 10,000 wildlife professionals.

Nationally, a large portion of the organization's proceeds are used to fund research projects conducted by universities, in cooperation with state agencies, to collect the data necessary to ensure sound management practices are implemented, by each state's Department of Natural Resources.

QDMA branches use funds raised throughout the year, to support initiatives, such as, Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, the National Archery in the Schools Program, as well as, the Catch-A-Dream Foundation. QDMA branches support local DNR conservation efforts, by donating supplies and materials needed, to help catch poachers. Branches, also, fund scholarships for students interested in pursuing careers in conservation and wildlife management.

Branch volunteers work hard to bring the most up to date and accurate information available to the public to enable them to make the best decisions, with regards to managing their local herd.

For more information about either event, or to find out how you can support the WCI Branch, and help ensure the future of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and our hunting heritage, in this area contact Branch President Chase Burns, at (309) 368-0370, or email wci_qdma@frontier.com.