Thanks for the 411 QDMAMAN.
Follow up question. I live and hunt in South-Central Iowa, but I own property in No. Missouri (a little over an hour away). Would you suggest joining a branch near home or near my property?
You're welcome JPH.
It's my personal opinion that you, and the QDMA, are best served if you're affiliated where you live. I know some folks, here in Michigan, that live in the metro areas of the state and own property in the northern reaches of the state, even the Upper Penninsula. When they have the opportunity to go north to their property they seldom have time to complete their habitat work and other chores associated with being an adsentee land owner, so throwing in the added time associated with serving in a branch is difficult at best.
One thing everybody must remember is that organizations like the QDMA are only as strong as their members that volunteer their time. I've found that the more I give to the organization the more I'm blessed. Whenever I have the opportunity to associate with people that share my passion I'm a happy camper and I can't tell you how much I've learned from others mistakes.
I've yet to meet a single member of the QDMA that wasn't a deer hunter so you don't have to worry about branch functions interfering with hunting or foodplotting seasons, everybody's in the same boat.
JPH, from reading your posts and knowing the discipline that you have in all aspects of your life, I'm confident that you would find being affiliated with a QDMA branch a worthwhile expenditure of your time. We're all stretched in several directions so it's nice when we can give to an organization that so closely mirrors our core values.