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.
Predator Management MODULE
June 16-18, 2017
Columbia, S.C. (Millaree Hunt Club)
This intensive three-day course will again be led by professional trapper Clint Cary, owner of Tactical Trapping Services. Clint has been a speaker at our National Convention and Deer Steward courses, and now through this course he will teach all aspects of a predator control campaign, including: pre-planning, making successful sets, laying out a property for a campaign, trap modifications, lures, baits and other attractants, and more. The instruction will be a mix of in-class and in-the-field.
HABITAT ENHANCEMENT MODULE
August 11-13, 2017
Eden, N.C. (Willow Oaks 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.
DEER AND HABITAT SURVEY TECHNIQUES MODULE
September 15-17, 2017
Knoxville, Pa. (Field 4 Hunting Camp)
The Deer and Habitat Survey Techniques module will be led by Kip Adams from QDMA. Kip has managed deer and habitat at the national, state, management unit and property level. This module will discuss pre- and post-season population surveys, forest regeneration and other habitat surveys, as well as collecting and analyzing hunter observation data.
Registration opens March 6, 2017. 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, most meals (3), one copy of Clint or Craig’s book or QDMA’s harvest and observation logs — depending on the class — and QDMA membership for non-member price.
What’s Not Included: breakfast, travel and lodging (lodging option reserved within 30 minutes, information provided after registration)
CFE Credit: TBD
Cancellation Policy: Applicants 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.
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:
QDMA Certification Programs Manager