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First Ever QDMA Level I Deer Steward Course in Canada

September 8-12, Cayamant, Quebec at Eastern Canadian Outfitters
with a fishing package included

The Canada course will be unique in that it's composed of both instruction and R&R time, is limited to 20 attendees and is all inclusive with on-site lodging and fishing for lake trout, northern pike and bass. The course will focus on the four Cornerstones of QDM: Herd Management, Habitat Management, Hunter Management, and Herd Monitoring.

The Deer Steward I courses provide a comprehensive understanding of these cornerstones and includes Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) credits from the Society of American Foresters (SAF).

Program Overview

Deer Steward QDMA's individual certification program. This program includes three levels of potential achievement, and each must be completed in sequence.

  • Deer Steward I will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the key principles of deer and habitat biology, ecology and management.
  • Deer Steward II will teach students how to apply the principles learned in level one through hands-on and field experience.
  • Deer Steward III, the most prestigious, must be earned through an individual’s long-term service to QDMA, and/or the white-tailed deer

pdfSample Deer Steward I Agenda (PDF)

Program Costs

In-person Canada Course (Level I only):

    $1,300 Non-QDMA Members (includes a QDMA membership)
    $1,250 Regular QDMA Members
    $1,200 QDMA Life Members, Sponsor Members and Corporate Sponsors, Partners and Supporters.

Early Bird discount ($50 off per level) will be applied if paying on/before February 19th, 2016. Special group savings also available for QDMA Branch officers/directors (up to 25% off). Discounts cannot be combined. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

Cost includes instruction, most meals, a course handbook and CD, five 1-year QDMA gift memberships ($150 value), coupons for "The Shed" and Life/Sponsor memberships (10-35% off) and a framed course certificate. Travel and lodging are not included. Once your course application form has been received and processed, you will be provided instructions regarding lodging, directions to course venues and a list of suggested readings prior to attending the course.

How to Register

  • By phoning the QDMA National Office at: 800-209-3337
  • By faxing a completed registration form to: 706-353-0223
  • By mailing a completed registration form to:

P.O. Box 160
Bogart, GA 30622

pdfClick here to print the Deer Steward I Registration Form

Once all openings for the courses are filled, applicants will be placed on a waiting list for the next available course in the order their applications were received.

More information is available on the website.

QDMA Canada's Vision

The QDMA's mission is to ensure the future of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and our hunting heritage.

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 generation will be able to experience the great tradition of deer hunting.

General Objectives of the QDMA

  • To serve as a collective and responsible voice for white-tailed deer hunters and managers.
  • To improve the quality of deer herds and hunting experiences through sound deer management.
  • To promote hunter education and participation through the conducting of meetings, seminars, and demonstrations, and through the production of educational materials such as books, videos, and the QDMA's quarterly journal, Quality Whitetails.
  • To promote and financially support deer research and management projects relating to white-tailed deer management and/or recreational hunting.
  • To enhance the public image of deer hunters and deer hunting by providing a code of ethics for members to follow.

Click Here to find out more about joining QDMA.

Our Mission

The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is a national charitable wildlife conservation organization and the leading advocate of the QDM philosophy. The QDMA's mission is to ensure the future of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and our hunting heritage.

Originally founded in 1988 as a state-based organization in South Carolina, widespread interest from other states and several foreign countries resulted in the expansion to a national organization in 1990. In 1998, the QDMA moved its headquarters to northeast Georgia and today is among the fastest growing conservation organizations in the nation with nearly 50,000 members in all 50 states, 6 provinces and several foreign countries.

Among the QDMA's current members are nearly 3000 of the worlds leading deer management professionals. Their collective knowledge enables the QDMA and its members to remain at the forefront of deer biology, research, and management. The QDMA also has a network of more than 180 Branches (organized groups of volunteer members) in more than 34 states and 3 provinces with many others forming. QDMA Branches actively promote the philosophy of QDM and the mission of the QDMA in their areas and hold educational and social events to unite like-minded sportsmen in this common goal.


Letter of Introduction from Rob Argue

QDMA Canada Intro 2015

pdfLetter of Introduction from Rob Argue (PDF - 1.25 MB)