Nov. 23, 2018 – Washington Co., WI – Over 600,000 hunters are expected to fill Wisconsin’s landscape for the 2018 gun deer season. To put this number into perspective, the amount of hunters would make it the fifth largest army in the world.
According to the WIsconsin DNR, deer hunting alone is estimated to contribute $2.5 billion annually to Wisconsin’s economy. And don’t forget “Widows Weekend.” From big box stores to local bars, hunters and non hunters converge this time of year.
Conservation groups such as the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) are investing resources everyday to protect this hunting heritage on a national level. Since 1988, the QDMA has worked to promote sustainable, high quality deer populations, wildlife habitats, and hunter experiences. They do this through research, education, advocacy, and hunter recruitment.
To bring it home on a local level, they rely on volunteers to start QDMA Branches and spread the word about sound deer management, and most importantly, the protecting and expanding of the hunting heritage. They currently have over 60,000 members and over 180 branches throughout the country.
The QDMA Kettle Moraine branch serves southeastern Wisconsin, and is stationed in West Bend. Back in July we held our first banquet and exceeded our estimates for participation. It was a fantastic event that will open the door for more events in 2019.
To help spread the word we are currently looking to book our 2019 events. Ideas that have been tossed around our food plots and property tour days and another banquet. We are always looking for more volunteers and interested parties to attend events.
If you are interested in volunteering or attending events please contact Branch President Al Wisnefske at (262) 305-7494, [email protected].
Quality Deer Management Association. (n.d.). Mission & History | QDMA. [online] Available at: https://www.qdma.com/about/mission-and-history/ [Accessed 15 Nov. 2018].
Wisconsin DNR. (2014). Retrieved November 15, 2018, from https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/documents/2014deermp5.pdf
Graphic courtesy qdm.com