QDMA regularly engages in policy discussions that concern white-tailed deer, including legislation and regulations proposed at the local, state and federal level. This page serves as an archive of QDMA’s policy positions for 2018. QDMA evaluates policy matters on a case-by-case basis, and the organization’s position on each is based on what is best for the whitetail resource, hunting rights, and the future of our hunting heritage. For more information on any item below, or to make us aware of a policy issue in your area, contact QDMA Conservation Director Kip Adams.
Alabama: Baiting Deer and Hogs
January 29, 2018: QDMA opposes Alabama’s House Bill 21, which would legalize hunting over bait for white-tailed deer and feral hogs. QDMA’s reasons for opposing this legislation were outlined in a letter to the Alabama House Agriculture and Forestry Committee.
Georgia: Youth Outdoors Passport Act
February 2, 2018: QDMA supports Senate Bill 332, which would create the Georgia Outdoor Passport License Program. This would allow those who are new to fishing and hunting to receive an Outdoor Passport License, which would allow these individuals the ability to hunt and fish at a lower cost throughout their first year in the program. The legislation also would establish a mentor training program through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. QDMA submitted a letter of support to Sen. Tyler Harper, Chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee.
Idaho: Public Recreational Liability
February 2, 2018: QDMA supports House Bill 356 which would provide protections from recreational liability to parties, such as the Department of Fish and Game, who fund, maintain, improve, or hold conservation easements on lands made available for public recreational use without direct charge to individuals for access. QDMA submitted a letter of support to the Resources and Conservation Committee.
Indiana: Increased Poaching Penalties
February 2, 2018: QDMA supports House Bill 1274, which would increase the penalties for poaching game species and taking threatened or endangered species. QDMA submitted a letter of support to Representative Thomas Washburne, Chair of the House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code.
LouisianA: feral-Hog Transport
January 29, 2018: QDMA supports Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Notice of Intent to prohibit the transport of live feral hogs except under specific circumstances. QDMA’s reasons for supporting the prohibition on live-hog transport were outlined in a letter to State Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Jim LaCour of the LDWF.
Mississippi: Deer and Turkey Harvest Reporting Program
February 15, 2018: QDMA supports House Bill 1390, which would provide a harvest reporting program for deer and wild turkeys in Mississippi. QDMA sent a letter of support to the Senate Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Committee.
New York: Lowering Minimum Hunting Age
February 2, 2018: QDMA supports Assembly Bill 477 which would lower the age for universal hunting licenses from 14 years old to 12 years old. QDMA submitted a letter of support to the Environmental Conservation Committee.
Ontario: Algonquin Wolf Recover Strategy
February 14, 2018: A proposed Algonquin Wolf Recovery Strategy would remove hunting and trapping opportunity for coyotes in the wolf Recovery Zone (AWRZ). QDMA submitted a letter to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry encouraging them to consider alternative strategies.
South Dakota: Minimum Age to Hunt
February 2, 2018: QDMA supports Senate Bill 137 which would expand South Dakota’s mentored hunting program by removing the minimum age requirement to participate. QDMA submitted a letter of support to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
Virginia: Landowner Liability
February 2, 2018: QDMA supports Virginia’s Senate Bill 81 which would provide that a landowner whose property is used for an educational activity shall owe no duty of care to a member of the public arising out of the educational use of the land. QDMA submitted a letter of support to the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources.
Virginia: Increased Poaching Penalties
February 2, 2018: QDMA supports House Bill 1075, which would increase the penalties for poachers. QDMA submitted a letter of support to the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee.
Virginia: Legalize Sunday Hunting
February 2, 2018: QDMA supports Senate Bill 375 and House Bill 239 in the Virginia legislature, both of which address the legalization of Sunday hunting in the state. QDMA submitted a letter of support to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources and an identical letter to the House Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources.