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QDMA founder giving program

Published February 22. 2011 05:00PM

Quality Deer Management Association founder Joe Hamilton will present the program "The State of Pennsylvania's Whitetail," Saturday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. and doors opening at 6, at the Roadway Inn Convention Center, 1151 Bulldog Drive, Allentown.

"This should be of interest to all deer hunters, whether they agree with or disagree with how our herd is being managed," QDMA Greater Lehigh Valley Branch president Jon Felton said. "Joe was recently honored with the Budweiser Conservationist of the Year Award at Outdoor Channel's Golden Moose Awards at the 2011 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, and our chapter is extremely pleased to have him appear in the area."

Felton said that attendees age 13 and older are asked to make a $10 donation to support QDMA conservation projects for whitetail deer. More information on the event is available by calling him at 215-529-7280 or by e-mail at

Hamilton, a South Carolina native, received his conservationist award through an open public vote four national finalists. He had donated the $50,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation that comes with the award to QDMA, which he founded in 1988 to ensure the future of whitetail deer, wildlife habitat and our hunting heritage.

"We have done a commendable job of managing deer and their habitats in QDMA's relatively brief history," Hamilton said. "The $50,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will enable the QDMA to devote more energy and attention toward educating, nurturing, and guiding future stewards of our precious natural resources."

Hamilton's involvement in wildlife management and conservation spans 40 years, beginning in the early 1970s with his research on the ecology of the black bear in southeastern North Carolina while working on his master's degree in wildlife biology at the University of Georgia. As a young wildlife biologist with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, he saw how deer populations in the Southeast and other regions were being mismanaged to the detriment of habitat and the health of deer and many other species and formed the nonprofit QDMA to educate hunters about sound deer and habitat management.


A "Women in the Outdoors" event sponsored by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will be held, Saturday, March 12, at Cabela's Hamburg store. There is a discount for both NWTF members and non-members registering by Monday, March 1, and information is available at the store or by calling Harold Luther at 610-929-7089 or by e-mail at

Come enjoy four great classes, door prizes, raffle and a wonderful lunch!

When registering, participants are asked to select four classes from the following list: Archery, Wild Edibles/Outdoor Cooking, Women's Outdoor Clothing, Wildlife Calling, Photography/Videography, Handgun Safety, Introduction to Fly Fishing, Kayaking and Turkey Call Making. Lunch is included and there will be door prizes and raffles.


This year's Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sportshow is underway today and Sunday at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks. Show hours are today, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information and tickets, visit the website at


Outdoors writer and author Tim Herd is today's guest of Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz on "Experience The Outdoors," 7:30-8 a.m. on WLSH 1410-AM, Sunday, from 9:30-10 a.m., on WMGH, 105.5-FM and on the Web at by clicking the "Experience The Outdoors" link.


A trap shoot will be held, Thursday, Feb. 24, beginning at 6 p.m., at Orwigsburg Gun Club, Gun Club Road, off Route 443 East, Orwigsburg. For information, e-mail


This year's Schuylkill County Pheasants Forever banquet will be held, Saturday, Feb. 26, with doors opening at 4:30 p.m., at the Community Fire Company, Landingville. For information, call Lou Dallatore at 570-345-4337.


This year's United Bowhunters of Pennsylvania Winter Rendezvous Banquet will be held, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 26 and 27, at Sheraton Harrisburg, with the Saturday dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. For information and reservations, call 800-279-2024 or email


Schuylkill Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation meets, Thursday, March. 3, beginning at 7:30 p.m., at West Penn Archery, South Tamaqua. For information, call Kevin Titus at 570-668-5903.


Schuylkill Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation Banquet and Non-Perishable Food Drive will be held, Saturday, March 12, with doors opening at 5 p.m., at Community Fire Company, Landingville. For information, call Jeff Post at 570-366-7783 or Kevin Titus at 570-668-5903.

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