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Anyone going to Nashville for the convention???

Wish i could but the rest of my vaca is blocked off for hunting. Anyone going? If so please give me a report on how it was, say for a husband and wife going together. maybe 2013?

That Bass Pro land & wildlife expo looks like a nice addition.




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Re: Anyone going to Nashville for the convention???

Busy as well. Hey RB I'm gonna take my Deer steward 1 class in 2013 if you wanna go. I'm looking forward to learning what I can.

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Re: Anyone going to Nashville for the convention???

Where and when is that?




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Re: Anyone going to Nashville for the convention???

I hope the turnout is not indicative of the post response of this thread...

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Re: Anyone going to Nashville for the convention???

You can take the Deer Steward Level 1 course online. It's been recommended doing it that way as most of the course is classroom work anyhow. Deer Steward 2 should be done on site as it's mostly hands on field work.

As per the original question of who's going to the National convention, I have a few thoughts on that. It would be a nice vacation with the wife. Now, I've seen many pics and some blurbs written on this year's event. For me, I wouldn't want to see any "Turtle Man" or any other Outdoor show celeb that has nothing to do with non-QDM research. If they are speaking about habitat work for deer, turkey, small game and non-game species then I'm all ears. That's one reason I don't watch the "outdoors shows". I really don't care about hunter X or a hubby/wife team that kills buck they've been put on to by an army of scouts/guides and helicopters. How many times do I need to see a good kill shot followed by nervous breathing and whispers of "Wow, what a deer!! I can't believe...."? If national would stick to science and have different events running concurrently for those that enjoy the celeb talks, then that would be great. I'm not trying to come across as hyper-critical, but for me, give me science and research and keep the celebrities for Bubba.

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Re: Anyone going to Nashville for the convention???

I'm leaning towards going to the class instead of the internet route. I'm a better listner when someones infront of me. I feel I would get distracted at home. There is a slim possibility I may take it over the net. The convention is packed with informative seminars daily. I really wish I could of made it. Tons of great seminars no celebs. Heres the list:

How to Select a Property to Own & Hunt
Presented by: Neil Dougherty
Location: Presidential Ballroom A

9:00am

Food Plots for White-tailed Deer & Other Wildlife
Presented by: Bobby Cole & Todd Amenrud
Location: Presidential Ballroom B

10:00am

Patterning Mature Bucks with Trail Cameras
Presented by: Dr. Grant Woods
Location: Presidential Ballroom A

10:00am

Developing a Wildlife Management Plan
Presented by: Chris Wolkonowski
Location: Presidential Ballroom B

11:00am

Quality Habitat Management for Whitetails
Presented by: Dr. Craig Harper
Location: Presidential Ballroom A

11:00am

Sources of Public Assistance for Wildlife Management
Presented by: John Rissler
Location: Presidential Ballroom B

1:00pm

Waterfowl Management
Presented by: Tim Willis
Location: Presidential Ballroom A

1:00pm

Forest Mgt. Strategies for Southern Landowners
Presented by: Ryan Basinger
Location: Presidential Ballroom B

2:00pm

Upland Habitat Management - Making Your Property a Wildlife Haven
Presented by: Donnie Buckland
Location: Presidential Ballroom A

2:00pm

Pond Management Strategies for Trophy Bass and Bluegill
Presented by: Troy Goldsby
Location: Presidential Ballroom B

3:00pm

Turkey Hunting Tactics, Tricks & Habitat Tips to Shift the Odds in Your Favor
Presented by: Scott Vance
Location: Presidential Ballroom A

3:00pm

Elk Management
Presented by: Tom Toman
Location: Presidential Ballroom B

Friday, August 10

8:00am

Buck Movements in Relation to Moon & Weather
Presented by: Dr. Mark Conner
Location: Presidential Ballroom A

8:00am

Advanced Predator Hunting Strategies
Presented by: Al Morris
Location: Presidential Ballroom B

9:00am

Buck Movements in Relation to Habitat Features
Presented by: Bryan Kinkel
Location: Presidential Ballroom A

9:00am

What's Killing Your Fawns and Adult Bucks?
Presented by: Dr. Karl Miller
Location: Presidential Ballroom B

10:00am

Growing, Holding and Harvesting Trophy Bucks
Presented by: Dan Perez
Location: Presidential Ballroom A

10:00am

Burning Your Way to Better Wildlife Habitat
Presented by: Dr. Craig Harper
Location: Presidential Ballroom B

2:30pm

Wildlife Tree Selection, Planting & Care
Presented by: R.D. Wallace
Location: Presidential Ballroom A

2:30pm

Feral Hog Control Techniques
Presented by: Rod Pinkston
Location: Presidential Ballroom B

4:00pm

Optimizing Wildlife Habitat with Native Plants and Food Plots
Presented by: Jason Lupardus
Location: Outdoor Expo Area - Workshop

4:00pm

Trapping Techniques
Presented by: Dr. Grant Woods
Location: Outdoor Expo Area - Workshop

Saturday, August 11

9:30am

Tricks of the Trade for Mature Bucks - The Wensel Way
Presented by: Barry Wensel
Location: Presidential Ballroom A

9:30am

Improving Wildlife Habitat with Food Plots & Suppl. Plantings
Presented by: John Rissler
Location: Outdoor Expo Area - Workshop

1:30pm

Whitetail Slam
Presented by: Tom Miranda
Location: Presidential Ballroom A

1:30pm

Improving Wildlife Habitat & Hunting with a Chainsaw
Presented by: Paul Knox
Location: Outdoor Expo Area - Workshop

Sunday, August 12

8:00am

Grant Wood's GrowingDeer.TV Off-site Workshop - For more information or to register, call 931.552.7044.
Presented by: Dr. Grant Woods
Location: Off-site

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Re: Anyone going to Nashville for the convention???

Where is this seminar?




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Those seminars I listeed were at the convention. The deer stewart 1 course is online and an actual class setting is gonna probably be in Alabama or Georgia. I might do 1 online and take 2 this year. If anyones free Mountian Maryland branch has a banquet on Saturday if you wanna attend.

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Re: Anyone going to Nashville for the convention???

I guess the convention is what you make it. Our branch covers expenses for 2 directors. Only one went this year as the other didn't feel it was worth our cost for him to bring back 6 pages of notes. It's a great deal if you can haul goodies back for your branch as there are tons of give-away's. That's where all those donated Trophy Rock's get to.

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