I have been a member of QDMA for about 4 years and really enjoy it. I believe QDMA has over 50,000 members in the US & Canada. I do not own my own land, but hunt a 350 acre property in Upstate NY with about 10 other hunters. Although there are a lot of misconception about QDM, the other hunters have bought into some of the QDM concepts very gradually. The key to getting experienced hunters to buy into QDM is show them that it can lead to "Better Deer. Better Deer Hunting." (QDMA moto). Another key to establishing a QDM program is to realize that all properties are different, so pick & choose and adapt those concepts that make sense to your situation.
I particularly like QDMA's REACH (Research, Educate, Advocate, Certify and Hunt) Program. REACH is a national education and outreach program that benefits hunters, landowners and deer managers in several ways. Check REACH out on their website.
I have been involved in their Certification and Hunt/Mentoring programs. The Certification Program program includes three levels of achievement: [ul][*]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.[/ul]I have completed DS I & II and am looking forward to start DS III as soon as the criteria is established. Although the courses are expensive, $750/course, if you want to know more about deer behavior and want to better understand how to achieve "Better Deer. Better Deer Hunting", these courses will help you do that. Course instructors are well qualified & top notch with many-many years experience in the field.
Lastly, in my opinion, QDMA's "Quality Whitetails" magazine (6/year) is worth the $30 annual fee. Tom Mac
I would be unstoppable...If I could just get going!