FREE Deer Season Kick-Off Presentations October 29 at UPB

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – September 13, 2017 – FREE presentations for deer hunters start at 12:30 p.m. in the University Room at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford on Sunday, October 29.  Doors open at NOON.

Sponsored for Hunters by the Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative (KQDC) and University of Pittsburgh-Bradford (UPB)

All these presentations are FREE to the public.  Attendees can stay all afternoon, and pick and choose the presentations they want to see, or they can arrive just in time for the presentation of their choice.  Signs will direct hunters from the main UPB entrance off SR 346 west of Bradford to the University Room.

This year, as a special ‘thank you’ to deer hunters, the Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative will be raffling off five free trail cameras during the presentations.  Each attendee arriving in time for the 12:30 p.m. presentation will receive a raffle ticket for the five trail cameras to be drawn randomly during the afternoon of presentations.  You must be present to win a free trail camera.

12:30 p.m.:  “Bobcats, Coyotes, and Black Bears:  Which are Fawns Avoiding and Why?” by Asia Murphy, Doctoral Student at The Pennsylvania State University, and nationally recognized expert in the use of trail cameras for wildlife monitoring.  Come learn about fawn survival in the face of predators.

1:00 p.m.:  “Introduction on How to Use the New On-Line Hunter Map of the Allegheny National Forest (NF)” by staff from the Allegheny NF.  Do you like using the hands-on approach that the PA DCNR has developed with their ‘make your own hunter maps’, then come learn how to make your own hunter maps for the Allegheny NF.

1:15 p.m.:  Special this Year for Deer Hunters – a THANK YOU BBQ LUNCH will be provided with updates about the Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative (KQDC).  Enjoy a lunch and learn what’s new in your hunt area in the KQDC deer hunting area west of Bradford and north of Kane.

2:30 p.m.:  Deer Survival School:  Tips, Strategies, and Advice for the Two Most Dangerous Weeks of the Year!” by Dr. Duane Diefenbach, Adjunct Professor of Wildlife Ecology, at The Pennsylvania State University and Leader of the PA Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.  Dr. Diefenbach is recognized across Pennsylvania for his research on deer and input to the popular Deer-Forest Blog.

3:30 p.m.:  Personal Opportunity to try out the new Allegheny NF online hunter map, talk with presenters, and visit the deer hunting vendor booths.

4:00 p.m.:  Doors Close.

All of these seminars are FREE to deer hunters in the University Room of UPB.  The UP-B Environmental Studies and Biology Clubs, and the UPB Energy Science and Technology Program are co-sponsoring these seminars with the KQDC.

The KQDC will once again be offering FREE check station services to hunters at its deer checking station on SR 59 at Timberdoodle Flats.  The checking station will be open the first two days of the rifle deer season and again on the first Saturday.  All hunters checking their deer at the check station will receive a raffle ticket for a Thompson Venture rifle of the caliber of their choice.  The raffle will be drawn at the end of the rifle deer season.

The KQDC is almost 75,000 acres of public and private lands managed to improve deer populations and habitat.  The land is west of Bradford and north of Kane in McKean County.  The cooperators are Sand County Foundation, Allegheny National Forest Vacation Bureau, Allegheny National Forest, Bradford Water Authority, Forest Investment Associates, Collins Pine Co. (Kane Hardwood), and RAM Forest Products.  Additional information can be obtained at or