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Does anyone know why this branch dissolved? Is there anyone in the Grand Rapids area who was involved with this branch that now attends another one? I have tried PM'ing a guy who posted about this branch before, but received no answer. Thanks! I am interested in possibly attending some branch events, but don't know which one to attend.
 

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That is what I was told by the wife of the person who was in charge of it(according to the miqdma website) I don't know if it is true or not. But I have not gotten any information back from anyone else about it.
 

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the branch has forfieted it's charter do to lack of participation.
There was a massive effort put forth by members of other branches to try and salvage this branch over the last couple of years but, as is usually the case, folks didn't respond or thought that the invisible volunteer would take care of running the organization.
Bottom line here though is this, a branch is only as good as the volunteers that step up to the plate and do what's neccessary to make it happen.
Perhaps the fact that it folded will inspire guys, that are sorry it's gone, to get involved....could that be you?

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Starting up a new QDMA branch sounds like a lot of work for a young inexperienced guy like me, but it also sounds like a lot of fun. I just joined QDMA and would like to learn more about it. However, after I learn more about QDMA, it definetly sounds like it would be an interesting opportunity and I would not be opposed to looking into it. (I found myself going over contacts, business wise and possible member wise, this weekend)

Wildlife habitat(especially deer) improvement is my passion and I have been working on it for about four years with my father-in-law. I am very interested in learning more how QDMA's views fall in line with my own.
 

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Knight said:
Starting up a new QDMA branch sounds like a lot of work for a young inexperienced guy like me, but it also sounds like a lot of fun. I just joined QDMA and would like to learn more about it. However, after I learn more about QDMA, it definetly sounds like it would be an interesting opportunity and I would not be opposed to looking into it.
Knight,
There is a very active QDMA branch in Barry County that holds their monthly meetings in Hastings. The President is Eric Howard aka: Bigbuckhunter on this site.
If you'd like to get more involved on a watch and learn basis, these guys can get you pointed in the right direction.
PM me if you'd like Erics number.

Big T
 

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Sounds great, thanks for his info. I will be contacting him soon.

If there is anyone else in the Greater Grand Rapids area who would like any info about events at the Barry County Chapter, let me know. Maybe we could do a carpool if anyone else is interested in attending some events.
 

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knight let me know when and i will see what i can do i hunt mainly state game area and would like to see what can be done to protect our young bucks from being shot up. i let a few small ones pass me by last year and took a lot of sh#$ for doing so but i did get to laugh last with an 8 point on the wall
 

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I actually live in Zeeland too. I plan on calling Eric tonight and finding out about the upcoming events for Barry County. I think it would be a worthwhile trip.
 

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Been really busy, first time I've cruised around the site in a while. These are a few upcoming events of interest. Never heard Mr. Dougherty speak but Kip Adams is a treat to listen to and I can personally testify to FDC and the great job they do (got around 15 acres planted by them). Anyway, good group of guys, good info to be had and good times to boot.

Date:
Monday, May 14, 2007


Branch:
Barry CountyBranch in Nashville, MI


The Barry County Branch of the QDMA invites hunters, landowners and everyone interested in white-tailed deer to attend a FREE seminar and Branch Meeting at 7 p.m., on Monday, May 14, 2007. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the Hastings Elks Temple, 102 East Woodlawn, Hastings, Mich. William Moritz, wildlife division chief of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, will discuss the deer census on private and public lands, and Michigan's proposed fee increase for hunting licenses. Kathy LaVictor, enrollment specialist for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, also will discuss mentoring opportunities with young people in the local area. The Branch Board of Directors also will discuss the July 21 Field Day, the Sept. 8 Branch Banquet, and the September youth hunt.


Contact:
Eric Howard or Johnny Hartwell
Contact Info:
Howard – (269) 838-2474; Hartwell – (517) 930-8448.



Date:
Saturday, July 21, 2007


The BarryCounty and EatonCounty branches of the QDMA invite hunters, landowners and everyone interested in white-tailed deer and habitat management to attend a FREE Habitat Field Day from Noon to 4:30 p.m., on Saturday, July 21, 2007. The event will be held at the John Cheeseman Farm, 8450 Barryville Road, Nasvhille, Mich. Speakers during the event will include Certified Wildlife Biologist and QDMA Director of Education and Outreach for the Northern Region Kip Adams, Neil Dougherty of NorthCountry Whitetails and The Whitetail Institute, John Anderson of FDC Enterprises and Chad Thelen of Stony Creek Habitat Specialists. The branches will have a 12-gun raffle during the event, and there also will be food, beverages and drawings for door prizes.


Contact:
Chuck Elliston or Eric Howard
Contact Info:
Elliston – (269) 838-0656; Howard – (269) 838-2474.


 

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I've been to a few meetings for the Barry Co. Branch. They did win Branch of the Year for QDMA if that says anything. Eric Howard is a die-hard QDMer and is passionate about getting Quality deer hunting not only to SWMI but to the whole state. It does work. QDMA is the gameplan to do so. I've also been to their Food Plot Day. Many speakers were present with topics about seed, management and hunting tactics. I drive from Holland a few times a year to attend a meeting or seminar. Great Branch, check 'em out sometime.
 
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