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AUGUST 6, 2001 Press Release


JACKSON The Quality Deer Management Association has approved the creation
of a new Michigan branch, serving the counties of Jackson, Hillsdale, and
Lenawee, to be known as the "Five Rivers" branch. The branch, the fourth to
be approved in the state, is named for the five major rivers which emanate
near the intersection of the three counties the Grand, Kalamazoo, St.
Joseph, Maumee, and Raisin.

"Im very excited about the support the new branch has received, and
especially gratified by the terrific individuals who have stepped forward to
serve as its officers and directors," said Dan Timmons, a Hillsdale County
landowner and President of the branch. "We look forward to actively promoting
the message of Quality Deer Management, by focusing on providing education
and communicating the latest scientific research to hunters and landowners
interested in a healthy, sustainable deer herd in balance with quality
habitat."

The QDMA is a non-profit wildlife conservation organization, based in
Watkinsville, Georgia, and is dedicated to promoting balanced, quality deer
populations, ethical hunting experiences through education and research, and
management in partnership with hunters, landowners, natural resource
professionals, law enforcement, and the public. Quality Deer Management is,
in part, the use of restraint in the harvest of immature bucks combined with
an adequate harvest of female deer to maintain a healthy, balanced herd.

The Five Rivers Branch will hold a QDM workshop on Sunday, September 30, at 1
PM at the Jackson County Outdoor Club, located on Hart Road just east of
US-127. The workshop will feature a slide demonstration performed by Perry
Russo, President of the QDMA Thumb Area Branch, a presentation by
professional biologist Brent Rudolph, as well as raffles for valuable hunting
gear. All interested persons are welcome. For information, contact Timmons
at 734.432.2659 or John Knevel at 517.569.9927.