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QDMA free webinars

Published March 12. 2011 09:00AM

Quality Deer Management Association, in partnership with Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Penn State School of Forest Resources Web Seminar Center, will conduct the "Whitetail Deer Management Webinar Mini-Series." This series of three live webinars will be presented at noon and 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month beginning March 15, each lasting approximately one hour.

Webinars will be presented by QDMA wildlife biologist Kip Adams and wildlife biologist/forester Matt Ross and are provided specifically for anyone interested in learning about white-tailed deer biology, habitat and management. This is an opportunity to listen to and ask questions of natural resource professionals who have first-hand knowledge and experience in managing white-tailed deer populations and habitat.

No special software is required to participate in the webinars, but a high-speed internet connection and sound is needed to view live and previously recorded sessions. To register and take part in the live seminars or to view previously recorded webinars visit

Participation in the live seminars requires having a "Friend of Penn State" user ID. This is free and the "Register Now" page on the website has step-by-step instructions.

Scheduled topics are:

March 15, Implementing a Successful Deer Management Program Presentation will discuss different deer management strategies and provide real-world examples of how to manage whitetails. It specifically addresses antlered and antlerless deer management on public land, private land and on small ownerships.

April 19, White-tailed Deer Breeding Biology and Communication Following a year in the life of a whitetail buck this presentation will discuss dispersal, home range, and movement patterns; physical changes a buck experiences from 1.5 years of age to maturity; how deer communicate during the breeding season; and how hunters can use this information to improve their success.

May 17, Providing Quality Habitat for Whitetail Deer Providing quality habitat for deer of all age classes is essential for any successful deer management program. This presentation will discuss vegetation management from a forest, old field and food plot perspective, and explain how each fits into an overall habitat management plan providing the necessary food and cover for each season of the year.


Another season of muzzleloader shoots sponsored by the First Frontier Militia begins Sunday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club, off Route 248 between the Parryville and Bowmanstown exits on Gun Club Road.

Other shoots are scheduled for April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, Aug. 14, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. For information, call Roger Fisher at 610-377-2812.


Mike Gogal, creator of Ultimate Fishing Maps GPS program, 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.


Outdoors-related clubs and organizations are invited to send information on events, activities and contact people and phone numbers - or e-mail addresses - to be listed free of charge for the Schuylkill County Sportsmen's Outdoors Map project being conducted by the Schuylkill Conservation District and the Schuylkill County Sportsmen's Association. As this is a long-range, continuing project, there is no way exact dates can be listed, so just general information on events such as "sporting clays, trap, 3-D, block, rifle, etc." - along with "second Sunday of the month, etc." can be listed.

Sporting goods dealers, taxidermists, dog-supply and feed dealers, camp grounds, bait shops, lawn and garden dealers, etc., and any retail outlet remotely related to the outdoors can be listed for a one-time $25 fee. Information and checks should be mailed to: Wayne Lehman, County Natural Resource Specialist, Schuylkill Conservation District, 1206 AG Center Drive, Pottsville PA 17901. Information alone can be e-mailed to:


A trap shoot will be held, Thursday, March 17, beginning at 6 p.m., at Orwigsburg Gun Club, Gun Club Road, off Route 443 East, Orwigsburg. For information, e-mail


A seminar on maple syrup and a pancake breakfast will be held, Saturday, March 19, from 7-10:30 a.m., at Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse, Pine Grove. For reservations and information, call the Schuylkill Conservation District at 570-622-3742, Ext. 5.


A Pennsylvania Basic Boating Course will be held, Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at PPL Susquehanna Riverlands, 634 Salem Blvd., Berwick. For information and required pre-registration, call Riverlands at 866-832-3312.


A tree pruning workshop will be held, Saturday, March 19, from 1:30-3:30 p.m., at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park, Pine Grove. For information, call Frank Snyder at 570-385-7807 or Bob Evanchalk at 570-527-2505.


State Representative Doyle Heffley, a member of the House Game and Fisheries Committee, will meet with Carbon County sportsmen to address their concerns, Thursday, March 24, beginning at 7 p.m., at Bomanstown Rod and gun Club. For information, call Mike Gontar at 570-325-4974 or e-mail


A Pennsylvania Basic Boating Course will be held, Saturday, March 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Blue Marsh Lake Conference Center, Bernville. For information, call the visitor center at 610-376-6337.

This year's "Antique Fishing and Hunting Flea Market" will be held, Saturday, March 26, beginning at 8 a.m., at Clarion Hotel, 300 Meadow Ave., Scranton. For information, visit the website at or call Bob Kester at 570-587-0214 or John Mecca at 570-342-6990.

Friedensburg Fish and Game Spaghetti Supper will be held, Saturday, March 26, from 3-7 p.m. For information, call Ray Koch at 570-385-2169.

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

Lehigh Valley QDMA Banquet will be held, Friday, April 8, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at Meadows Banquet Hall, 1170 Meadows Road, Hellertown. For information and reservations, call Jon Felton at 215-529-7280 or Dean Souder at 267-382-0333.

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