Kip Adams, Director of Conservation, QDMA
Topic: State of the Whitetail
Kip Adams of Pennsylvania is a certified wildlife biologist and QDMA’s Director of Conservation. Kip worked for the Florida Game and Fish Commission for four years and as the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s deer and bear project leader for two years prior to his employment with QDMA. Kip writes the Whitetail Wisdom column for Quality Whitetails, has authored chapters in five books, has given nearly 500 presentations, and has provided whitetail content for numerous television shows.
Dylan Dowson, Community Coordinator, onX Hunt
Topic: onX Hunt: Map Tools for Gaining Access, Scouting, and Property Management
Dylan Dowson is a life-long hunter. He was born and raised in a small eastern Montana town where the values of hunting were ingrained in him at a young age. When an opportunity to join the onX team in Missoula, Montana presented itself in 2015, he made the jump and hasn’t looked back. A passion for map tools, finding hidden hunting spots, and being efficient in the field has led him on many adventures. From upland birds, to backpack elk hunts, maps have played a crucial part in every outing. New tools such as those provided by onX can help hunters with scouting, finding properties to access, and making a plan once your property is identified. Learn some tips from Dylan on some year-round strategies for planning and navigating all your hunts.
Don Draeger, Director, Friedkin Ranch Properties
Topic: Culling Bucks for Genetic Improvement: Fact or Fallacy
Donnie Draeger has a Bachelors in wildlife and fisheries from Texas A&M and Master’s in range and wildlife management from TAMUK. He has worked for the Faith, the Sanctuary and Legends Ranches as well as a duck guide in Arkansas. He currently oversees 130,000 acres on four Texas ranches as the Director of Friedkin Ranch properties.
Matt Dye, Co-owner, Land & Legacy
Topic: Living on the Edge: Great Deer Habitat in the Transition Zones
Matt Dye is a Virginia native, he received his B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Wildlife Management from Bridgewater College, in Bridgewater, Virginia. His education and career experiences have provided him opportunities to work with whitetails on private, state, and federal levels across the country. He now co-owns and operates Land & Legacy. This business was created to educate others about habitat management and hunting strategies by producing a weekly podcast and web series in addition to providing private land consultation services across the country.
Dr. Will Gulsby, Assistant Professor School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences Auburn University
Topic: Know Your Enemy: A Comprehensive Overview of the Latest Research on Coyotes and Deer
Dr. Will Gulsby is an Assistant Professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University and a passionate deer hunter and manager. He has published scientific papers on coyote movements and home ranges, the effects of coyote removal on fawn recruitment, how forest management affects fawn predation risk, and how coyote predation risk changes deer behavior.
Dr Craig Harper, Professor & Extension Wildlife Specialist, Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries, University of Tennessee
Topic: 30 Ways to Improve Your Land for Deer
Dr. Craig Harper is a professor and the Extension Wildlife Specialist in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries at the University of Tennessee. He is a certified wildlife biologist and has published numerous articles, book chapters and manuals related to his work. He is a contributor to QDMA’s Quality Whitetails magazine, a frequent Deer Steward course instructor, and he contributed multiple chapters to QDMA’s Quality Food Plots book.
Adam Keith, Co-owner, Land & Legacy
Topic: Living on the Edge: Great Deer Habitat in the Transition Zones
Adam Keith grew up in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri. Even at a young age, wildlife management was one of his biggest passions. While studying Agriculture – Animal Science at College of the Ozarks he began his career of Wildlife management working for the state of Missouri. His passion and opportunities have allowed him to work with landowners improving habitat across the country. Now the co-founder of Land & Legacy his mission is to educate others on habitat improvement and conservation through a weekly podcast and web series while also offering consultation services across the country.
Marcus Lashley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture Mississippi State University
Topic: How to Maximize Nutrient Availability in Native Vegetation With Fire and a Chainsaw
Dr. Lashley is the Habitat Management Specialist for the MSU Deer Lab at Mississippi State University. His research program is focused on developing new techniques to improve wildlife habitat and perfecting age-old techniques. His research focus is fueled by a love for hunting and the outdoors.
David Lindsey, Co-Host, The Lindsey Way
Topic: Killer Hunting Tactics, The Lindsey Way
David Lindsey is no stranger to harvesting big bucks on film. He has been blessed to harvest three bucks over 200 inches, all in front of a camera. He was a Drury Outdoors team member for eight years and teamed with Jeff to compete on Dream Season for four of those years. He loves managing his ground for whitetails year round and is always trying to improve their habitat.
David lives in southern Iowa on their family farm with his wife Wanda, and he enjoys the country life, farming, running his home building company and spending time with his four grandkids.
Jeff Lindsey, Co-Host, The Lindsey Way
Topic: Killer Hunting Tactics, The Lindsey Way
Growing up in the South, Jeff learned early in life that hunting is an important part of his heritage. It gave him a chance to combine some of his favorite things: family, friends, and nature. Jeff got his start filming turkey hunts in the spring as a teenager and later spent eight years with Drury Outdoors, four of those years on the award winning tv show Dream Season.
These roots spawned Jeff’s desire to do more than just have a camera in the tree to capture the hunts. He wanted to document the stories behind the bucks and show his family’s lifestyle that revolves around God, family and whitetails.
Jeff now resides in southern Iowa with his wife, Ashley, and his two children, Cash and Charlotte. They also own a construction and real estate business which keeps them busy throughout the year.
Brad Lockwood, Weston Brand Ambassador
Topic: Meat Processing
With over 25 years of experience in the meat processing industry, Brad Lockwood has done everything from owning and operating his own federally inspected meat processing plant, to holding the office of President of the Pennsylvania Association of Meat Processors. Brad’s extensive industry experience and expertise have led him to receive multiple state and national awards for smoked and processed meat products. Brad is also the host and producer of Outdoor Edge’s Love of the Hunt TV. Love of the Hunt combines the excitement of North American and worldwide hunting adventures with expert tips and techniques for processing your own wild game animals, making Love of the Hunt one of the most unique hunting shows on TV today.
Dr. Karl Miller, Wheatley Professor of Deer Management, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia
Topic: Non-baited Camera Surveys
Dr. Karl V. Miller is the Wheatley Distinguished Professor of Deer Management at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia and a Charter Life Member of QDMA. Dr. Miller and his graduate students’ research focuses on understanding the sensory capabilities of deer, investigating predator impacts on deer populations, development of methods to estimate deer populations, and understanding the use of forest management to enhance wildlife habitat conditions.
Daniel Morina, Associate Wildlife Biologist, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Mississippi State University
Topic: While Bucks Fight, Does Choose: But What Buck Characteristics Do Does Prefer?
Daniel Morina is a Boone & Crockett Graduate Fellow at the University of Montana. He is from Raleigh, North Carolina and is an avid hunter and fisherman. Daniel earned his Bachelor of Science from North Carolina State University and his Master of Science from Mississippi State University as a member of the MSU DeerLab.
Dan Perez, CEO, Whitetail Properties
Topic: Big Bucks on Small Tracts
Dan Perez is a lifelong consummate bow-hunter with in excess of 400 whitetail deer to his credit. Focused on and exclusively hunting mature trophy bucks has earned him 60-bucks that exceed 140”. Exclusively hunting these old monarchs has provided him a much greater opportunity to study and refine his proficiency as a big buck predator. Hence, all the information Dan conveys on the Whitetail Properties TV show as well as during his seminars, book and magazine interviews and podcast has been learned first-hand in the field. Dan is one of the founding partners of Whitetail Properties, CEO, WP TV show host, Broker and Pro-Team member.
Pat & Nicole Reeve, Hosts of Driven TV
Both Pat and Nicole got their start in hunting at a very early age and were taught how to hunt from whom they looked up to the most, their fathers. Nicole shot her first deer at the age of six and since then has put many record book animals on the ground and all of them being on film. Her personal best is 195” whitetail from her home state of Illinois and her highlight to her career came when she spot-and-stalked a male Lion in Africa with her bow at 25 yards.
Pat has been hunting for more than thirty-seven years and has an unmatched track record of taking some of the largest whitetails in the world. Pat has anchored over seventy-five record book bucks all on camera and currently holds the record for harvesting the largest typical ever on video. The massive 5×5 scores an unbelievable 200” gross and net scored 192 3/8 and was taking on November 14, 2005 in Illinois.
Pat and Nicole’s Drive has never waivered since the beginning and has lead them to the top of the ratings chart on the Outdoor Channel and has impressively honored them with twenty-one Golden Moose Award nominations and five wins thus far in the past four years.
Jennie Richardson, Executive Director, Scholastic 3D Archery
Topic: Bringing Families Together Through Archery and Bowhunting
In 2012, after significant careers as a teacher, professional archer, and Kentucky State Coordinator for NASP, Jennie Richardson began the groundwork to start a next-step program for student archers. At the time, there was no program to bridge the gap from basic archery to the advanced skills of a competitive archer. Other programs were ignoring the fact that the youth had a desire to advance their skills and to use their own personalized equipment. With this void in student archery education, Jennie saw a great opportunity for an organization willing to take a few risks and Scholastic 3-D Archery was created. After a meager beginning, S3DA has grown significantly and now operates across the United States with more than 1,000 certified coaches, serving more than 200 clubs and approximately 3,500 student members on a platform of indoor five spot, 3-D, and outdoor field target archery, while also teaching the importance of conservation and ethical bowhunting practices.
Matt Ross, Assistant Director of Conservation, QDMA
Topic: 30 Years of QDMA: A Panel Discussion with Legends
Matt Ross of Saratoga Springs, New York, is a certified wildlife biologist and licensed forester and QDMA’s Assistant Director of Conservation. He received his bachelor’s in wildlife conservation from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and his master’s in wildlife management from the University of New Hampshire. Before joining the QDMA staff, Matt worked for a natural resource consulting firm in southern New Hampshire, and he was a QDMA volunteer and Branch officer.
Ronnie “Cuz” Strickland, Senior Vice President, Mossy Oak
Ronnie “Cuz” Strickland is Senior Vice President of Mossy Oak and a member of QDMA’s Board of Directors. Cuz joined the Mossy Oak team in 1987 and worked with Toxey Haas to found Mossy Oak’s Media/Productions department. He has overseen the production of over 40 DVD titles and nearly 1,600 episodes of nationally broadcast television programs. He has authored three books, was named the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Communicator of the Year in 2010, and earned awards from many organizations including the Armed Forces Foundation and Professional Outdoor Media Association.
Chuck Sykes, Director of Alabama Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Division
Topic: Airguns for Big Game Hunting
Chuck Sykes is native of west Alabama who took his passion for the outdoors and earned a Wildlife Biology degree in 1992 from Auburn University in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Science. Since then, he has managed thousands of acres across the nation, and in 2001 he created “The Management Advantage” television program. He is currently the Director of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries in the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
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