PHOENIX, Arizona –-(Ammoland.com)- The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) is growing significantly in the state of Arizona, with the hiring of Regional Director Terry Herndon last year and the ensuing formation of almost a dozen local chapters.
This past weekend, MDF had the opportunity to reach 38,500 folks in the Phoenix area, including thousands of youth, during the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s 2013 Outdoor Expo.
MDF, in conjunction with the M.U.L.E.Y. (Mindful, Understanding, Legal and Ethical Youth) program, was a bronze level supporter and held activities based on the Archery Trade Association’s Explore Bowhunting Curriculum during Friday’s Expo Youth Day. On Saturday and Sunday, MDF sponsored the Youth Introduction to Shooting Range (.22 rifle range) and also had an exhibit booth profiling MDF projects and future plans for habitat enhancements in Arizona.
Regional Director Terry Herndon said, “Arizona Game and Fish put on a wonderful event, and it was great to have so many MDF volunteers show up and lend a hand. We are very excited about our expansion throughout Arizona and look forward to helping mule deer in the state.”
MDF President and CEO Miles Moretti added, “Terry has done a great job increasing MDFs presence in Arizona. He’s cultivating a good relationship with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, and events like the Expo last weekend help spread MDF’s conservation message while safely introducing youth to the shooting sports. Terry’s work with government agencies and the general public will definitely aid MDF’s mission in the Grand Canyon State.”
MDF’s Arizona chapters include: Phoenix, San Tan Valley (Gilbert, Chandler, and South Mesa); East Valley (Apache Junction, East and West Mesa, and East Tempe); Payson (Payson, Heber, Rye, Strawberry, and Pine); Flagstaff (Northern Arizona); White Mountain (Springerville, Eager, St. Johns, and Pinetop-Lakeside); Cave Creek; Mount Graham (Thatcher and Safford); Prescott; Kingman; and soon, a Tucson Chapter.
Don’t miss these upcoming MDF events: Sycamore Mesa Fence Modification Project (Hunting Unit 21), April 13-14; Kingman Well Project, April 13-14; Prescott Mountain Lion Survey, April and June dates; Phoenix Chapter Banquet, May 18; and White Mountain Chapter Banquet, May 25 2013. For more MDF Arizona information, visit www.muledeer.org/state/arizona.
The Mule Deer Foundation is one of the key conservation groups in North America working to restore, improve and protect mule deer, black-tailed deer and their habitat, with a focus on science and program efficiency. MDF is a strong voice for hunters in access, wildlife management and conservation policy issues. MDF acknowledges regulated hunting as a viable management component and is committed to recruitment and retention of youth into the shooting sports and conservation. Get involved at www.muledeer.org or call 1-888-375-3337.