Release Date: 08/03/2006

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Hunter Education Program received a $2,200 donation from the Louisiana Chapter of the Quality Deer Management Association at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on Aug. 3.  The Hunter Education Program will use the donated money to purchase 26 tree stands that will be used during Hunter Education classes statewide to help teach hunters the proper and safe way to use a tree stand.

"We would like to thank the QDMA for its commitment to the Louisiana Hunter Education Program," said John Sturgis, LDWF's Hunter Education Program Manager.  "These tree stands will be used in both student and instructor training to teach hunters how to use tree stands safely while hunting in an effort to reduce accidents."

QDMA representatives Bill Shockey and Dayton McCann said that half the funds came from their statewide organization and the other half came from their Alexandria Chapter.

QDMA purchased the tree stands directly from Hunters View, Ltd, which included climbing, fixed position and ladder stands for each of the eight hunter education offices in the state and two tri-pod stands that will be put at LDWF's two education centers. 

For more information, contact John Sturgis at 225-763-5448 or jsturgis@wlf.louisiana.gov.