Your help is needed, and in exchange we’ll teach you a lot about deer habitat management! 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 2 1/2 days to provide hands-on instruction.
August 30 & 31: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
September 1: 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
QDMA National Office – Bogart, GA
Activities and areas of instruction:
- Chainsaw safety and operation
- Herbicide use for forest stand improvement
- Girdle-and-spray; Hack-and-squirt
- Tree and shrub identification
- Tree stand site selection/hunting setups
While the training is free, QDMA asks that volunteers commit to a minimum of one half-day (4 hours) of service over the 2½-day period. Volunteer activities range from physical work such as chainsaw operation and deer stand placement to less strenuous activities such as spraying cut stumps with herbicides and nailing boundary signs on trees. 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. Please be prepared to prevent ticks by treating your work clothes with permethrin ahead of time or supplying your own preferred tick repellent.
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.