Through a unique partnership with Clemson University, hunters who have a high-speed internet connection also can choose to enroll in the Level I class online, making Deer Steward as convenient and affordable as it’s ever been. Once registered, attendees gain access to a digital recording of one of our previous Deer Steward Level I courses (filmed in front of a live audience) and will have up to 180 days to complete the series of six sessions (broken down into approximately 17 one-hour topics) at their own pace.

Instructors and Continuing Education

Speakers include:

  • Kip Adams, Wildlife Biologist, QDMA’s Director of Conservation
  • Joe Hamilton, Wildlife Biologist, QDMA’s Founder and Senior Advisor 
  • Dr. Craig Harper, Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist, University of Tennessee
  • Dr. Karl V. Miller, Professor, University of Georgia
  • Brian Murphy, Wildlife Biologist, QDMA CEO
  • Matt Ross, Wildlife Biologist and Forester, QDMA Assistant Director of Conservation

Just like the in-person classes, registrants must pass an exam, and Continuing Forestry Education (CFEs) credits from the Society of American Foresters will be available (approved for 14.0 hours, 1.5 Cat 1-CF and 12.5 Cat 2), as well as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from The Wildlife Society (approved for 17.0 hours Cat 1 toward Certification Renewal/Professional Development).  Clemson University also offers an expanded QDM course for any college students at the senior or graduate level (3.0 hours) that also qualifies for Level I Deer Steward certification.

Graduates of online Deer Steward will be eligible to take one of the in-person Level II courses upon completion.


Register Online

Download the Online Deer Steward I Registration Form.

Once the application has been processed by the QDMA, the registrant will receive a unique username and password from Clemson University a few days later, as well as instructions on how to log onto the online Deer Steward system.

Active Duty Military in Combat Zones can click here to obtain a registration form to take the course free-of-charge.


$200 Non-QDMA Members (includes a QDMA membership)
$175 Regular QDMA Members
$150 QDMA Life Members, Sponsor Members and Corporate Sponsors, Partners and Supporters
FREE for Active Military in Combat Zones

Online fees increase $50 per level with CFE’s. Cost includes instruction and a course certificate.

If you have any questions regarding the online Deer Steward course please contact:

Matt Ross
QDMA Assistant Director of Conservation
Phone: 518-391-8414