The Quality Deer Management Association started the Field to Fork program to recruit prospective hunters and teach them how to hunt. Here's how it works.
It's a known fact: there are a number of adults who would like to learn how to hunt. Their reasons are diverse and range from wanting to spend more time outdoors to a desire to procure their own meat (or some combination of many different reasons).
Unfortunately, the barriers to entry for prospective whitetail or mule deer hunters can be pretty high, especially if that person doesn't have any family members or close friends who hunt.
However, the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) recently started the Field to Fork program specifically to help those people out.
In the Field to Fork hunting program, folks who want to learn how to hunt are paired with local mentors and attend several different hunter education classes where they learn the ins and outs. They gain knowledge about conservation, deer behavior, good shot placement, and even spend some time at the range actually learning how to shoot a crossbow.
Afterwards they go on a weekend hunt with the rest of the group and get to enjoy a venison cookout with the free-range fruits of the harvest afterwards. Basically, QDMA is trying to create a process where people can learn about and experience every step in the process of hunting wild game from start to finish.
It's a heck of a good way to advance their hunter recruitment program, and continue spreading our hunting heritage.
Check out the video below to see a group of new hunters from Georgia attend the very first Field to Fork event and learn what the deer hunting process was like.
Pretty interesting right?
QDMA is working to expand the Field to Fork program. This fall, they will have 20 different Field to Fork programs take place in 12 states.
If you or someone you know would like to attend one of the programs and learn how to hunt, visit QDMA.com.