Dear QDMA members and supporters,
Our leadership team is monitoring the national emergency regarding the disease COVID-19 and taking all steps necessary to protect the health of our members, staff and the public. QDMA is a science-based organization when it comes to the welfare of white-tailed deer, and the same is true when it comes to your health and safety.
Therefore, we are following the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued on March 15 to postpone all in-person events that consist of 50 people or more. All QDMA Branch banquets or other events that meet these criteria that were scheduled through April 15 have been postponed, and we will assess ongoing developments to adjust this timeline as necessary to protect the well-being of our members, volunteers and the public. If you purchased tickets for an upcoming event that has been postponed, we will be contacting you separately, or you may contact your Regional Director.
Meanwhile, we are looking for ways to continue and even increase our ongoing mission outreach through digital channels. For those of you who are practicing social distancing by remaining at home, this would be a good time to take our online course and become a certified Level I Deer Steward, watch our educational videos, or learn more about whitetails on our website. If you know someone who is home-bound who wants to become a deer hunter, encourage them to take the Today’s Hunter “Deer Hunting 101” online course, the official QDMA Deer Hunting Course.
The next few weeks will be a critical time for QDMA and all other non-profit conservation organizations. The postponement of fundraising events and the impact of wider economic trends will affect us significantly, just as this situation is affecting you and all Americans. If there is anything you are able to do at this time to provide additional support for QDMA – whether simply renewing your membership, signing up for an online Deer Steward course, or making a tax-deductible donation – we greatly appreciate your help. Our staff will continue to keep you updated through our weekly e-newsletter, social media and website on other ways you can help.
We will emerge from this difficult time by working together as hunters, conservationists and as a nation. Until then, follow science-based sources and guidance on ways to keep yourself, your family and your neighbors safe and healthy.
Brian Murphy, CEO