The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — In late October, Cleveland County 4-H’er Braden Young will head to Georgia to participate in a national youth hunt.
Every year, the Quality Deer Management Association hosts a national youth hunt for 10 hunters from across the nation.
The QDMA is based in Bogart, Ga., and is the elite, top white-tailed deer organization in North America with more than 50,000 members.
In 2005, Cleveland County Agriculture Educator Heath Herje started the QDMA branch in Oklahoma.
Young achieved this award after being nominated by Herje and also having multiple recommendation letters written in his honor.
“Braden is always eager to learn, be outdoors and is constantly working to improve our native habitat,” 4-H Educator Jessica Tevebaugh said. “Every time I speak to him, he is telling me about animals he has trapped alongside the Canadian River or his conservation project picking up and recycling used tires dumped on the river.
“He takes this project very seriously because of the fire hazard the tires pose to wildlife and area surrounding the river.
“Another passion of Braden’s is how to identify wildlife tracks.
“He attends workshops around the state and also helps to teach workshops in Cleveland County. By doing this, he hopes to educate other youth and get them excited about being outdoors.”
While in Georgia, Braden and the nine other youth attending can also enjoy the camaraderie, along with experiences like rifle training from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit and other sessions, including how to age deer, bird dog demonstrations and much more.