FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Macy L. Brooks, co-founder of Buck Nekkid BBQ in Fayetteville, Ark., signed a Chapter Charter with the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) last week. A fundraising banquet will be held in April at the restaurant, which can seat upwards of 400 people.
At 21 years of age, Brooks is the youngest-ever Chapter Chair for the organization. This is also the first-ever MDF chapter in the Razorback state.
Why Arkansas? Why MDF? Why now? A number of factors figured into Brooks’ decision to come on board with MDF. First of all, she shares an acquaintance and mutual respect with MDF Regional Director Charlie Stockstill, who joined MDF last year and is charged with expanding the organization in the south. Brooks’ family also owns some mule deer habitat in New Mexico, and she knows numerous Arkansas hunters who travel to both Texas and New Mexico in pursuit of muleys.
Brooks said, “I have been hunting since I was able to walk. My dad took me out, and we would hunt with my uncle and his family in New Mexico. There are no mule deer in Arkansas.” She continued, “In recent years, I’ve made special trips to New Mexico to work on improving the habitat there.”
By joining forces with the Mule Deer Foundation, Brooks intends to raise funds for additional projects in New Mexico. She also wants to help facilitate local wildlife education programs, as well as contribute to the University of Arkansas Shooting Team, of which she is a member.
Stockstill said, “With young people like Macy, I think the future of conservation is in good hands!” MDF is expecting a real shot in the arm with the addition of this Ozark Mountain chapter.
Last year, Fayetteville was honored as a Volunteer Community of the Year at the Annual Municipal League Conference. According to the League, there were some 30,000 active volunteers in Fayetteville who contributed more than 600,000 hours of volunteer work in the community.