Cast & Blast Outdoors: ‘Tis the season to share the hunting – Montgomery Advertiser

I hope all of you have had a great deer season so far. We finally got some of that rain, and while the weather’s been anything but stable, we’ve had a taste of some actual winter weather. I’ll bet the deer are just as confused by it as we are. Of course, I hope some of y’all are also taking other folks with you out to hunt this season. We’re in the middle of the season of giving, after all, and a lot of my work with QDMA is all about giving.

QDMA, while focusing on research, education, and better deer herd management for everyone, also directly gives the hunting experience to others through the Share Your Hunt program. It’s a support program for QDMA’s volunteer branches aimed to help get folks a shot at hunting some deer. Through the program, QDMA can help someone who normally wouldn’t have the chance to hunt by sharing a hunt with a mentor through a volunteer branch. There’s more info to be found on this program through the QDMA website, or you can reach out to one of our local branches and learn more.

Programs like this are one of the reasons I do love my job with QDMA. Every aspect of what we do boils down to improving deer hunting not just for ourselves, but for everyone. The research provides better data and information, along with new perspectives and approaches to deer herd management, while our education programs get that info into the hands of the folks who can do the most good with it; us hunters. It serves to not only give us a better shot at bringing home that trophy buck, but it improves the quality of life for the animals too. Deer are a resource, after all, and if it isn’t properly managed, taken care of, and maintained, we will lose it. We might not see the results of our work immediately, or even in our lifetime, but those that come after us will reap the benefits of our hard work and dedication. To me, that’s what it means to have deer hunting as a heritage; it’s something you pass on. Our children, their children, and so on can hopefully enjoy the same types of hunts that we do now. Conservation begins with hunters, and I’m proud to be working toward that goal.

Another form of giving that I enjoy is the knowledge that we share with folks about hunting and deer herd management. A lot of the articles I’ve written this year have been fed by articles, data, and other tidbits of information I’ve found through QDMA, as something I can pass on to everyone else. Getting to see that info discussed, passed on, and implemented is something I look forward to, just like the rest of the folks I work with.

If you’re interested in some of this giving action, feel free to drop by the QDMA website, or drop us a line through the contacts page. We’re here for hunters, present and future, to ensure that deer hunting grows and improves. Whether it’s national, regional, or local, we want to find ways to keep every hunter engaged with not only the hunt, but with managing their local wildlife as well. It’s a team effort, and we can also use more teammates.

As for the hunting, keep hanging in there folks. The rut’s going to kick in pretty soon, so the real show is about to begin. I’m looking forward to hearing from you about your hunts, your trophies, and the ones that just knew you were there. And I’d like to wish you all, from my family to yours, Merry Christmas and happy holidays. So get those presents unwrapped, that family dinner cooked up, and go get’em!

Steve Long and Rob Newman have a Cast & Blast radio show 7-9 a.m. Saturday on WMSP-AM 740 and the Power Pig 101.1 FM. Send any comments or ideas about their column to sports@montgomeryadvertiser.com.

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