QDMA is pleased to name Dr. Bronson Strickland as the winner of the 2019 Al Brothers Professional Deer Manager of the Year Award. Strickland is a professor of wildlife management and the Extension Wildlife Specialist at Mississippi State University whose research and outreach focus on questions of interest to deer hunters and wildlife managers.
“As a wildlife intern in 1993, I was lucky enough to meet Al Brothers on a South Texas ranch and spend an evening learning about deer management from him and Dr. Larry Marchinton, my undergraduate advisor at the University of Georgia,” said Strickland. “For a deer nerd like me, it remains a treasured experience. To fast forward 26 years and win the Al Brothers Professional Deer Manager of the Year Award is surreal, to say the least.”
Strickland received a bachelor’s degree in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia in 1995. He pursued a master’s degree from Texas A&M University-Kingsville where his research involved estimating white-tailed deer carrying capacity in southern Texas. After graduating in 1998, he moved to Starkville, Mississippi to work as a research associate at Mississippi State University, and in 2000 he began work on a doctorate degree where he continued research on the ecology and management of white-tailed deer populations in Mississippi.
Upon graduation, Bronson worked as a research wildlife biologist with the National Wildlife Research Center in Mississippi, and in 2006 Bronson joined the faculty at Mississippi State as the Extension Wildlife Specialist. His work there has focused on many aspects of deer herd management, habitat improvement, deer movements, nutrition and more. Strickland is a co-director of the MSU Deer Lab, where he has led communication efforts that help share the lab’s knowledge with deer hunters and other members of the public, including social media, videos, a podcast and even mobile apps. Strickland is also a certified wildlife biologist and Professional member of the Boone & Crockett Club.
“From soils to antlers to managing habitat, hunters and deer herds, Bronson works with all aspects of deer management,” said Kip Adams, QDMA Director of Conservation. “On top of that, he is an extremely talented communicator so hunters, landowners and natural resource professionals all benefit from his work. He is very deserving of this award.”
QDMA’s Deer Manager of the Year awards are named in honor of Al Brothers of Texas, wildlife biologist and author of the book Producing Quality Whitetails, who is considered the father of Quality Deer Management. He was also influential in the founding of the QDMA in 1988.
“Al Brothers believes that to be recognized for exceptional dedication to managing white-tailed deer, an individual must wear multiple hats simultaneously,” said QDMA Founder Joe Hamilton. “The persons receiving these awards are expected to promote and support QDMA, educate fellow hunters/managers, promote ethical hunting, and foster young hunters while tending to the needs of the deer populations under their management. Al is humbled that these awards bear his name, but he is proud to be associated with the quality of those selected for these prestigious recognitions.”