BOGART, Ga. – The Kids’ Zone at QDMA’s Whitetail Expo will be the place to be for youth and adults alike to hear the stories of experienced hunters with different backgrounds. The Expo is part of QDMA’s 9th Annual National Convention taking place July 25-26 in Louisville, Kentucky.
With participation from one of QDMA’s own, Chairman of the Board Mark Thomas, the Kids’ Zone is receiving a touch of the wild outdoors. He will arrive with countless antlers, hides, and hooves in tow. The audience will “travel” the globe with Thomas as he describes his innumerable personal adventures, including caribou hunting in Alaska’s mountains, moose hunting in Russia, red stag hunting in New Zealand, and elk hunting on horseback through snow in Montana. Additionally, the audience can visualize the experience with the help of projected images and trophies from his trips.
In addition to sharing about his encounters with animals around the world, Thomas also teaches the basics of camping and knife-making, displaying a number of knives that he has crafted. Throughout his presentation, he stresses the importance of physical fitness, good nutrition, and safety. After observing Mark Thomas, attendees will be ready to pack their bags and head out on a wild adventure.
Also in the Kids’ Zone, Zac Cooper, a twelve year old outdoor enthusiast, will describe his hunting experiences. Even at age twelve, Zac is a seasoned hunter with an arsenal of captivating tales. As a member of the Outdoor Allstars Pro Staff, Zac has traveled extensively and hunted a variety of animals. A gifted speaker, Zac inspires kids his age to get outdoors and experience the joys of hunting. His personal stories, beginning with harvesting his first whitetail at age four, are sure to keep the audience entertained. To date, Zac has shot over sixty deer, a number that rivals most experienced hunters. Additionally, Eddie Salter and Alex Rutledge of Hunter’s Specialties will host a grunt call contest from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, wrapping up the scheduled events in the Kids’ Zone each day. All youth are invited to take part and test their calling skills.
QDMA’s National Convention will include two days of seminars and research sessions from the nation’s noted deer experts and researchers, a two-day Expo featuring over 100 exhibitors and celebrity presentations, plus banquets, entertainment, and auctions. For more information on QDMA’s 9th Annual National Convention and Whitetail Expo, visitwww.QDMA.com.
Founded in 1988, QDMA is a national nonprofit wildlife conservation organization with more than 50,000 members in all 50 states and Canada, and several foreign countries. Membership in QDMA is open to anyone interested in better deer and better deer hunting, and committed to ethical hunting, sound deer management and the preservation of the deer-hunting heritage. To learn more about QDMA and why it is the future of deer hunting, call (800) 209-3337 or visit www.QDMA.com .
QDMA … The Future of Deer Hunting