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September 10, 2015DNR partners with QDMA for new deer decoy

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources is the proud recipient of a new robotic deer decoy from the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) Foothills Chapter, which will make it even harder for illegal hunting in the Upstate.

Poachers take wildlife anywhere, anytime and they do so using the most unsporting methods. It is difficult to have a law enforcement officer, a poacher and a wild animal at the same location at the same time, but by incorporating a robotic decoy, officers can do just that. Once an officer receives a tip or complaint of possible poaching activity, they can set up and work the targeted area with the decoy in an effort to catch the violator in the act.

The donation started when QDMA set aside money for a funding project this past summer and contacted the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) if there was any equipment that Upstate officers needed. The request was immediately made for a new robotic deer decoy. The standing whitetail from Custom Robotic Wildlife weighs about 22 pounds when complete, is very durable and sets up in minutes. The antlers are removable so the decoy can be used as a doe or a buck and there is robotic movement in the front leg, head and tail. The decoy is even made with taxidermy prepared skins that are mounted on the lightweight form.

QDMA promotes sustainable, high quality white-tailed deer populations, wildlife habitats, and ethical hunting experiences through education, research, and management in partnership with hunters, landowners, natural resource professionals, and the public.

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