By Kyle Jillson | September 11 2010 08:00

A grant from a Friends of NRA committee in New York to help improve wildlife habitats for hunters and landowners.

Hudson Valley QDMA Branch Receives Grant

The Hudson Valley Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association (HV-QDMA) was recently awarded a grant from another local New York State based conservation organization - the Catskills Region Friends of the National Rifle Association (NRA). The grant of $4,500 was used by the HV-QDMA Branch to purchase food plot equipment which can be loaned for FREE to members and affiliates and others in the area. The "Food Plot on Wheels" program will benefit wildlife and the public by assisting hunters and landowners who may have an ATV or small tractor but can not afford expensive farm implements to improve wildlife habitat. The equipment consists of a 4' Plotmaster, 6' x 12' Trailer, 300 lb Cyclone tow behind pelletized spreader and a 25 gallon Boom less ATV sprayer. Several area businesses also contributed to the program.

"This is a fine example of how outdoor sporting organizations can work together to benefit hunters, landowners, wildlife, and the environment", said Charlie Fiscella, President of HV-QDMA.

Every year the Friends of NRA generously awards a grant to a deserving cause through an application process. "We will be sure to put these resources to good use and it will help Improve habitat throughout the Hudson Valley for all species of wildlife" Fiscella said. "Giving people a better understanding of wildlife and habitat stewardship, along with promoting safety and responsibility in the shooting sports, is what the QDMA and NRA are all about" continued Fiscella. (An NRA Life member)

"We have already had requests from area gun clubs to plant their shooting ranges and we believe this will be a very successful program."

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