ATHENS, GA – The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is pleased to announce that Cheyne Matzenbacher has joined the organization as a Wildlife Management Cooperative Specialist in southern Missouri. A Missouri native and lifelong deer hunter, Matzenbacher comes to QDMA from Harris County Texas Precinct 4, where he served as the outdoor education programmer for the Trails as Parks division.
“I’m honored and blessed to be part of such a great organization where I can help bring private landowners together to promote Quality Deer Management,” said Cheyne.
Cheyne will work with private landowners to establish and support Wildlife Management Cooperatives in the southern half of Missouri. He will also conduct habitat management trainings for private landowners and help coordinate private-land assistance programs alongside Missouri Department of Conservation staff. Cheyne’s duties will also include participating in projects to promote wildlife conservation, education and Missouri’s hunting heritage. He will help increase awareness of QDMA by recruiting new members and promote QDMA’s national programs and conservation partner programs.
“I am excited to have Cheyne join the QDMA staff,” said Matt Ross, QDMA’s assistant director of conservation. “His past experience working as a public educator and wildlife manager for multiple organizations, and his knowledge and passion for the outdoors make him a perfect fit for this position.”
Cheyne received his bachelor of science degree in fisheries and wildlife biology from Arkansas Tech University, where his study emphasis was wildlife management. In addition to his recent position as an outdoor education programmer in Texas, Cheyne has worked as a park naturalist at Roaring River State Park with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and as a wildlife manager at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, where he assisted with habitat management tasks such as prescribed fire and food plot construction and maintenance, as well as general care of the parks’ captive whitetail and elk herds. Cheyne has been a QDM practitioner and QDMA supporter for almost 20 years.
Landowners in southern Missouri with an interest in establishing a Wildlife Cooperative can contact Cheyne at firstname.lastname@example.org or 417-332-7258.
Founded in 1988, QDMA is a national nonprofit wildlife conservation organization with 60,000 members in all 50 states and Canada, and several foreign countries. QDMA is dedicated to ensuring the future of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and our hunting heritage. To learn more about QDMA and why it is the future of deer hunting, call 800-209-3337 or visit www.QDMA.com.