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Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) Joins Forces with Georgia Forestry Commission in a Twiggs County, Georgia Cooperative Endeavor

3/26/09


Twiggs County, Georgia - The Bear Creek QDM Cooperative in Twiggs County, Georgia - formed in 2007 under the guidance of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) - is about to take another big step forward with the assistance of the Georgia Forestry Commission. A QDM Cooperative is an alliance of hunters and landowners who work together to improve deer populations, wildlife habitat and hunting experiences at the local level. The Bear Creek Cooperative now includes 10 properties collectively managing more than 15,000 acres.

Bear Creek Cooperative members gathered on Saturday, March 21 to meet with Jody Potts, the Stewardship Outreach Coordinator for the Georgia Forestry Commission. Part of Jody's mission is implementing a program called Georgia Strategic Outreach.

"The goal is to partner with other natural resource organizations to reach out to private landowners in Putnam, Jasper, Jones, and Twiggs counties," said Potts, who has assumed the role of point person for this Cooperative as well as those that form in the future. "The purpose is to manage natural resources on a landscape level."

"Ideally, the collective acreage of a QDM Cooperative can be managed more successfully than individual tracts within the Cooperative," said Joe Hamilton, QDMA's Director of Education and Outreach for the Southern Region, who originally organized the Cooperative. "The arrangements are built on trust and the goal of ultimately enhancing neighborhood relations for the benefit of wildlife and humans alike."

Representing QDMA, Hamilton facilitated the meeting, which was the fourth Bear Creek Cooperative gathering since the group's inception. Hamilton said he was pleased with the group's progress.

"The reward for a QDM Cooperative organizer is to see the participants talking, visiting, and sharing information as part of one entity rather than their respective clubs/groups,"he said. "This level of kinship usually is not evident until the fourth or fifth meeting but is essential to the life of the Cooperative."

With the combined efforts of the Georgia Forestry Commission, QDMA, and the landowners/club members, the Bear Creek Cooperative will provide the opportunity to pool harvest and observation data, providing a more complete picture of the local deer herd and enabling more precise management recommendations to be established, resulting in long-term success.

About QDMA
Founded in 1988, QDMA is a national nonprofit wildlife conservation organization with more than 50,000 members in all 50 states and Canada, and several foreign countries. Membership in QDMA is open to anyone interested in better deer and better deer hunting, and committed to ethical hunting, sound deer management and the preservation of the deer-hunting heritage. To learn more about QDMA and why it is the future of deer hunting, call (800) 209-3337 or visit www.QDMA.com (http://www.qdma.com/).

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Media Contact:
Randy Bowden (800) 209-3337 or rbowden@QDMA.com