ATHENS, GA (April 18, 2019) – The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is pleased to announce the Michigan Military Youth Hunt, hosted by the Eaton County and Capital Area QDMA Branches, was recently recognized as the 2018 Branch Event of the Year. The award was one of several given out at QDMA’s Whitetail Weekend in Athens, Ga., April 12-13.
“It’s very heartwarming to see the way these two QDMA Branches were able to offer such an amazing experience to these kids of military parents,” said Ryan Furrer, QDMA Senior Regional Director. “For some, an event like this can be life changing. While there are lots of great QDMA events held across the country every year, the planning, execution and impact of this one made the decision process of choosing the 2018 QDMA Branch Event of the Year very easy.”
This second annual event took place in September 2018, with the Eaton County and Capital Areas Branches each hosting a hunting camp for youth from families with one or both parents who are active military or veterans of the armed forces. The majority of the 20 participants had not hunted in the past or had very limited opportunities to hunt. While in camp, the kids learned about deer biology, shot placement, spent significant time at the shooting range, had local conservation officers speak about hunting ethics, spent time fishing, shooting BB guns, and telling stories around the campfire. All the kids in camp had opportunities at deer, and several harvested multiple antlerless deer.
Receiving the award for the Branches were Chairman of the QDMA National Board Leon Hank (right) and Board Member Kevin Gillespie, both from Michigan.
Founded in 1988, QDMA is a national nonprofit wildlife conservation organization with 60,000 members in all 50 states and Canada, and several foreign countries. QDMA is dedicated to ensuring the future of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and our hunting heritage. To learn more about QDMA and why it is the future of deer hunting, call 800-209-3337 or visit www.QDMA.com.