QDMA Heads to South Carolina for POMA Conference, March 6-9

The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) will attend and participate in the annual business conference of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) in Columbia, S.C., March 6-9.

POMA’s mission is to foster excellence in communications at all levels, help members build their businesses, connect media and industry, promote fair and honest communication of the traditional outdoor sports and conservation stories, and mentor the next generation of traditional outdoor sports communicators. QDMA is a Cornerstone Corporate Partner of POMA, having supported the media organization since it was first formed in 2005. The annual POMA business conference offers attendees a wide range of benefits and opportunities.

In addition to attending the 2013 POMA Conference to gain insight on outdoor and conservation communications, QDMA will be one several industry leaders to provide a presentation at the event. QDMA will present highlights from its 2013 Whitetail Report as part of the conference’s Issues and Answers sessions on Friday, March 8, at 8:40 a.m. Also, QDMA will teach attendees how to age jawbones at the POMA Camps event Friday from 1-4 p.m.

Created to emphasize the critical position of whitetails as the foundation of the entire North American hunting industry, the Whitetail Report examines data from all parts of the whitetail’s range to measure improvements in management of the whitetail resource and monitor threats to its future. Now in its fifth year, it is intended to be a useful resource for communicators, media members, industry leaders and hunters.

The 2013 Whitetail Report breaks down a variety of topics into four parts:

• Part 1 focuses on state/provincial deer harvests during the past three seasons, including the buck harvest by age class and other insights. Find which states/provinces are shooting the most bucks and does, and see what type of aging techniques each state/province uses.

• Part 2 covers recent trends and the most pressing issues facing whitetails including a compiled list of the top threats to deer management. See how many whitetails are being killed on damage/depredation tags, by deer-vehicle accidents and by disease. Read about hunter success, and see that the number of hunters increased for the first time since 1975! Learn how unprecedented warm weather and high corn prices led to the most acres of corn being planted in 75 years!

• Part 3 is an informative reference section that includes information on producing quality habitat on a budget, forming Quality Deer Management (QDM) Cooperatives, and much more.

• Part 4 provides an overview of QDMA’s REACH program and includes information on our Youth and Land Certification Programs. It also includes valuable directories for QDMA Branches and state/provincial deer project leaders.

Find out more about the 2013 POMA Business Conference by clicking here.

by Tanner Tedeschi
on February 28, 2013