WCI Branch Food Plot & Field Day

The WCI Branch held its’ first ever Field Day on Saturday, June 12th, 2010, at the Anseeuw Farm, in rural New Windsor, IL.  Speakers included Paul Knox (QDMA member), Kip Adams (QDMA Senior Staff), Kevin Oller (IDNR), and Jason Hessman (NRCS).  Topics covered included: food plotting techniques, native warm season grass establishment, upland habitat management, oak savanna restoration, hinge cutting, Chronic Wasting Disease control efforts, nuisance permits, Quality Deer Management, deer aging on the hoof, and Government programs for landowners.  Branch Committee volunteers had prepared several food plot sites (including plantings of over 15 seed varieties), a hinge cutting exhibit, and many other habitat improvement demonstrations, for attendees.  However, much of the day had to be spent indoors, due to severe thunderstorms, the day of the event.  Spirits remained high, though, among the 45 attendees, and everyone enjoyed the many presentations put on by the speakers, both in the field, and using Power Point slides, indoors.  A raffle was held for wildlife prints, donated by event sponsor – Don Wagner, and merchandise from the QDMA Shed, along with Branch T-Shirts, was sold to attendees.  The event and lunch were, both, provided free of cost, but attendees were generous with donations, and the total proceeds from the event were in excess of $1,000.  The Branch is already working on plans for future Field Day events, and will use this money to further promote QDMA in West Central Illinois.