Habitat Management Training and Work Day with Dr. Craig Harper

Some of the volunteers and QDMA staff who participated in the first Headquarters work day, held in August 2018.

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. Nationally recognized habitat expert Dr. Craig Harper from the University of Tennessee will be on-site for two days to provide hands-on instruction.

Friday, February 8:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 9:    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

QDMA National Office – Bogart, Georgia

Activities and areas of instruction: 

  • Chainsaw safety and operation
  • Herbicide use for forest stand improvement
  • Girdle-and-spray; Hack-and-squirt
  • Hinge-cutting
  • Prescribed Fire

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. 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 have any questions or would like to sign up for one or more half-day volunteer training sessions, contact John Eastman at 706-353-0221.