QDMA’s 2020 Advocacy Issues

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 2020. To see what issues QDMA engaged in during 2019, click here.

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.

National: Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

We support proposed changes to the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). The proposed changes include protecting highly erodible land by agricultural land easements, providing assistance to partners who pursue “Buy-Protect-Sell” transactions, increasing flexibility for partners to meet cost-share matching requirements, and identifying water quality as a program purpose for enrollment of wetland reserve easements. These changes to ACEP will provide substantial protection and benefit to land resources and wildlife, including white-tailed deer. Read the full letter of support here.

National: America’s Conservation Enhancement Act

We support U.S. Senate Bill 3051, America’s Conservation Enhancement Act, which includes various conservation provisions that address emerging challenges to species and habitat health. Passage of this bill will have a positive ecological impact, promote outdoor recreation, and increase long-term conservation funding. Read the full letter of support here.

We support U.S. House Bill 925, America’s Conservation Enhancement Act, which includes an array of high-priority conservation provisions. Its passage marks a significant step forward in addressing growing challenges to species and habitat health. This bill will not only have wide-range ecological impacts but will facilitate enhanced wildlife-dependent outdoor recreation by millions of Americans, strengthening conservation funding streams for years to come. Read the full letter of support here.

National: Boundary Waters Wilderness Protection and Pollution Prevention Act

We support U.S. House Bill 5598, Boundary Waters Wilderness Protection and Pollution Prevention Act. This act will withdraw 234,328 acres of public land and waters from a proposed sulfide-ore copper mine, which would result in detrimental effects for hunting, angling, fish and wildlife and local recreation industry. QDMA supports this bill, as it is a way to ensure conservation efforts in the watershed continue unimpeded, and hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation opportunities continue for future generations. Read the full letter of support here.

National: Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Foothills Project

We support the U.S. Forest Service Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Foothills Project. The goals of this project align with QDMA principles that involve active forest management and benefit all wildlife including white-tailed deer. This project outlines actions that focus on the following; restore and maintain activities to create more robust ecosystems, improve watershed and ecological conditions, support high water quality and soil productivity, and provide sustainable recreation and access opportunities to the public. Read the full letter of support here.

National: Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act

We support the implementation of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA). Once implemented, this act will facilitate modified land exchanges to protect our nation’s special places and increase public access and recreation. QDMA supports implementation of this act because it will provide funding to allow BLM, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to pursue various land conservation projects to promote hunting, fishing, outdoor recreation, conserve wildlife habitat, protect water quality and preserve resources. Read the full letter of support here.

National: George Washington and Jefferson National Forests’ Liberty Thinning Project

We support the U.S. Forest Service George Washington and Jefferson National Forest’s Liberty Thinning Project. The actions outlined in this project include forest management practices that are vital to the preservation of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat, and our hunting heritage. Execution of this project will aid in the protection of wildlife for the American public to enjoy. Read the full letter of support here.

Nevada: Nevada Test and Training Range Expansion

We oppose the expansion of the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) into the Desert National Wildlife Refuge (DNWR). The DNWR supports habitat for a variety of species, including the habitat and hunting of bighorn sheep. The current proposal would result in the largest loss to the Refuge System in history and would lead to reduced and further complicated access for conservation efforts. We support inclusive discussion among all concerned parties and careful considerations of evolving needs for both the armed forces and wildlife. Read the full letter of opposition here.