We are the next generation of hunters and the future of deer hunting is in our hands. Think about that. Thats a lot of responsibility to have on our shoulders. There is one organization in particular that is there to help us ensure the future ourselves. This organization has mobilized and organized the whitetail hunting community to preserve and enhance the future of deer hunting and this is the Quality Deer Management Association. For many hunters in my generation, I think it will become increasingly important for us to join these types of organizations to help preserve, protect and improve our opportunities to hunt. That being said, I thought it might be helpful to share some basic information about quality deer management and the organization that has helped catalyze this movement. For many, QDM is nothing new, but I’m sure there are a few of you out there who are not terribly familiar with what quality deer management is all about and how it can make your deer and deer hunting even better than it is now. So today lets examine the very basics, what is the mission of the QDMA and what is quality deer management mean?
According to the QDMA website, the mission of the QDMA is:
“To ensure the future of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and our hunting heritage.”
QDMA promotes sustainable, high quality white-tailed deer populations, wildlife habitats, and ethical hunting experiences through education, research, and management in partnership with hunters, landowners, natural resource professionals, and the public. Membership in the QDMA is open to anyone with an interest in the wise management of white-tailed deer. The time has come for all deer hunting enthusiasts, regardless of their choice of weapon or hunting technique, to unite and focus on the common thread that binds them all together – the love of deer hunting and the desire that future generations will be able to experience the great tradition of deer hunting.
And here is the QDMA’s definition of what quality deer management is:
Quality Deer Management (QDM) is a management philosophy/practice that unites landowners, hunters, and managers in a common goal of producing biologically and socially balanced deer herds within existing environmental, social, and legal constraints. This approach typically involves the protection of young bucks (yearlings and some 2.5 year-olds) combined with an adequate harvest of female deer to maintain a healthy population in balance with existing habitat conditions and landowner desires. This level of deer management involves the production of quality deer (bucks, does, and fawns), quality habitat, quality hunting experiences, and, most importantly, quality hunters.
So there it is, a very basic and bare bones definition and explanation of what all this quality deer management stuff is all about. Should the next generation of hunters take ownership in this type of movement? I personally think so and I aim to be a part of it, but QDM may not be for everyone. Over the next couple weeks I plan to highlight and explore more about what QDM is, how it’s being implemented, how it’s helped improve deer hunting across the USA and why I think it is so important for our generation to be involved.
Want more info about QDM and the QDMA right this second? Check out the QDMA site here.