QDMA is seeking volunteers to help improve the habitat on QDMA’s new land adjoining the national office near Athens, Georgia. The goal of this work is to improve deer herd quality and productivity for the benefit of first-time hunters.
- Chainsaw safety and operation
- Herbicide use for forest stand improvement
- Girdle-and-spray; Hack-and-squirt
Each day will begin with a brief explanation of the techniques we will be utilizing to improve habitat, and then we will proceed to the field to work alongside QDMA CEO, Brian Murphy, other QDMA staff, and volunteers. Prior habitat work day volunteers have enjoyed learning and working alongside like-minded deer hunters and habitat practitioners. This a great opportunity to learn and practice techniques that can be applied on your own property.
While the training is free, QDMA asks that volunteers commit to at least one half-day (4 hours) of service over the two-day period. We plan on working in the morning (8:00 am to noon) each day to avoid the hotter portion of the day. Volunteer activities range from physical work such as chainsaw operation to less strenuous activities such as spraying cut stumps with herbicides. QDMA will provide lunch, snacks and drinks.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, willing to sign a release of liability, and wear necessary safety gear. Some equipment and safety gear will be provided, but please bring your own chainsaw, safety chaps, helmet, eye/ear protection and gloves if you have them.
It’s going to be fun, educational, and extremely helpful to QDMA’s goal of using this property to mentor new hunters!
If you would like to sign up for one or both of the half-day volunteer training sessions, please contact John Eastman at 706-353-0221 or firstname.lastname@example.org