The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) will celebrate the launch of its new Youth Education and Outreach Program – the Rack Pack – at its 12th Annual National Convention in Nashville, Tenn., August 9-11. The QDMA National Convention will be held in conjunction with the Bass Pro Shops Land & Wildlife Expo at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

Youth of all ages are invited to visit the Rack Pack’s booth at the Expo to take part in various activities, contests and giveaways. On Friday, August 10, and Saturday, August 11, the first 50 kids to visit the QDMA booth and sign up for their Rack Pack membership will receive a free grunt call. Additionally, the Rack Pack staff will be giving away rattle bags to visitors throughout the day.

“We are all thrilled to launch the Rack Pack Program and are ready to start down this exciting road of recruiting youth to the world of white-tailed deer hunting,” QDMA’s Youth Education and Outreach Manager Daniel Bartley said. “There will be a lot of exciting activities and events for the whole family to enjoy at the Convention.”

Some activities taking place at the Rack Pack’s booth will include: craft stations for making your own rattle bags and survival bracelets, a scavenger hunt, acoloring contest and face painting. There will also be a .22-caliber rifle range where kids will receive professional instruction from Lance Dement, aformer member of the US Olympic Rifle Team, an archery range led by Ryan Furrer, QDMA Northeast Regional Director and National IBO Archery Champion, and a BB gun range.

For the first time ever, youth are encouraged to bring their favorite deer mount to the Expo as this year’s “Big Buck Contest” has been extended to include a youth division.

On Saturday, August 11, the Rack Pack booth will also host the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), who will announce the winner of its first-ever youth elk tag drawing. Over 300 individuals entered to win the elk tag for the upcoming hunting season, and all entrants present at the Rack Pack booth during the drawing will be presented with a sportsman’s package valued at $50.

“Our main goal is to get the youth as pumped up as we are about the Rack Pack’s launch,” Bartley said.  “We are looking forward to meeting and signing up the very first members of the Rack Pack.”

For more information on the Land & Wildlife Expo and to purchase tickets in advance Those interested in attending both the Expo and QDMA’s National Convention can log onto or call (800) 209-333

Image courtesy Quality Deer Management Association

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