QDMA’s critically-acclaimed Deer Steward Course incorporates multiple instructors from a variety of backgrounds, and they cover a wide array of topics over two weekends for Deer Steward Levels I and II. Combined, it’s the most comprehensive and intensive program of its kind.

However, we also realize that to excel at something you really need to spend as much time as possible on it. So, in 2015 we launched an exciting new addition to this series: the Deer Steward Modules. These Modules are topic-specific, where attendees focus on only one aspect of deer management over a couple of days. 

2019 In-person Module

Habitat Enhancement Module
June 21-23, Beaufort, S.C., (Clarendon Plantation)

The Habitat Enhancement module will be led by Dr. Craig Harper. Dr. Harper is a professor and the Extension Wildlife Specialist at the University of Tennessee, and has also been a speaker at numerous National Conventions and Deer Steward courses. This Module will cover various means of mechanical and chemical control and enhancement of ground-level vegetation in forests, fields and food plots to improve deer forage and cover on a property.


To register call (800) 209-3337 or Download a Registration Form.

Cost$500 for QDMA members, $550 for non-members, $450 for Life or Sponsor members.
What’s Included: instruction, course guide, certificate, some meals/snacks, and QDMA membership for non-member price.
What’s Not Included: some meals, travel and lodging (lodging option will be reserved, information provided after registration)

CFE Credit: 16.0 hours (5.5 Cat 1 and 10.5 Cat 2)
Cancellation PolicyApplicants of Deer Steward Modules shall be entitled to a full refund of course fees if the QDMA National Office is notified within fourteen (14) business days of the course date. Cancellations made less than fourteen (14) business days from the course date shall entitle the applicant to a fifty percent (50%) refund of course fees. No refunds shall be made for cancellations less than two (2) business days before the course date.

**This is the last year at these prices. We will undergo a price increase in 2020 for the first time in over a decade of offering Deer Steward.

Scholarship Opportunity

For each in-person Module, the QDMA will also award a high school junior or senior, or college student, interested in a career in wildlife management a scholarship to attend free of charge. Applicants for the scholarships should have a strong interest in wildlife conservation and the Quality Deer Management (QDM) philosophy. Applications were due by March 15, 2019.

Download the In-Person Module Scholarship Application

If you have questions regarding course availability or registration, please contact the QDMA National Office at 800-209-3337.

If you have any questions regarding course content please contact:

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