Every year the Quality Deer Management Association hosts several “deer steward courses” across America to provide a select few individuals with a world class education on all things related to deer and deer management. As fate would have it, this year I am one of those lucky few. This May I’ll be participating in the Deer Steward I course in Branson, Missouri. I’ll spend two days in a class room environment learning about the key principles of deer and habitat biology, ecology and management. And as a finale we’ll be spending the last day with Dr. Grant Woods touring his renowned hunting property, known by many as “The Proving Grounds”. To say I’m excited would be a gross understatement, I am ecstatic.

Such well known and respected whitetail authorities as Kip Adams, Joe Hamilton, Dr. Karl Miller and many more will be teaching at these courses. Subjects covered include topics such as antlered buck management, food habits of whitetails, food plot management and herd survey techniques. In addition to the course I’ll be attending there will be Level I courses in MN and GA, which include visits to a local co-op and Jeff Foxworthy’s hunting property! In addition to these, there are also Level II courses in MI and GA. Without a doubt this is the premier educational event related to whitetails and I am just thrilled to be able partake. As of now there are still openings available for several of the courses, so if you’re interested see the official details on the QDMA website!

Anyone else attending or considering? Would also love to hear about your experiences if you have been to a past course!