The National Deer Association (NDA) regularly engages in policy discussions that concern white-tailed deer, including legislation and regulations proposed at the local, state and federal level. This page serves as an archive of NDA’s policy positions for 2020. To see what issues NDA engaged in during 2019, click here.
NDA evaluates policy matters on a case-by-case basis, and the organization’s position on each is based on what is best for the whitetail resource, hunting rights, and the future of our hunting heritage. For more information on any item below, or to make us aware of a policy issue in your area, contact NDA Chief Conservation Officer Kip Adams.
Alabama: Captive Cervid Indemnity
We oppose Alabama S.B. 263, which would authorize the Department of Agriculture and Industries to pay indemnity for captive cervids destroyed to combat chronic wasting disease (CWD). Passage of this legislation would threaten the hunting industry in Alabama, endanger federal grant funds from the U.S. Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, and would result in issues relating to the definition of cervids, captives, owner of cervids, and more. Read our full letter of opposition here.
Arizona: Trail Camera Ban
We oppose Arizona H.B. 2130. This bill would prohibit the use of trail cameras from June 30 to December 31 for models capable of transmitting a digital image, and from July 31 to December 31 for all other trail cameras. At NDA, we support pursuits that are ethical, sportsmanlike and lawful, and allow harvest of white-tailed deer in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper or unfair advantage. We do not feel that trail cameras cross any ethical lines and feel that they can contribute to deer hunters taking an active role in management. Read the full letter of opposition here.
Connecticut: Import, Sale and Possession of Legally Hunted African Species
We oppose Connecticut H.B. 5104, which would prohibit the import, sale, and possession of items from legally hunted African species. The NDA opposes this bill for a multitude of reasons, including numerous detrimental effects on wildlife conservation, and the negative impact this legislation will have on decades of scientific research compiled by wildlife experts. Read our full letter of opposition here.
Illinois: Antler Restrictions
We oppose Illinois H.B. 5060, which would implement a four-point antler restriction during the deer season. We oppose this bill, because it is unclear on whether the restriction would protect the majority of yearling bucks and still make the majority of other age classes available for harvest; furthermore, the NDA is unaware of survey data indicating the proposal is supported by a majority of the affected hunters and landowners. Read our full letter of opposition here.
Indiana: DNR Response to COVID-19
We support actions by Indiana’s Governor Eric Holcomb and the Department of Natural Resources that recognize the benefits of experiencing nature through the use of DNR-owned properties. These areas have remained open to the public during the difficult times of COVID-19 in order to offer outdoor activities that allow social distancing. We applaud DNR staff who have maintained the properties and ensured the safety and comfort of all residents visiting the sites, and look forward to continued partnerships that allow Hoosiers more opportunities to enjoy the natural resources provided by the State of Indiana and its DNR. Read our full letter of support here.
Iowa: CWD Authority
We support Iowa H.F 2458, which would include chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a defined group of “infectious or contagious diseases” and expand the authority of the natural resource commission to take actions against the spread of CWD. We support this proposal, because it will aid in the battle against CWD and further protect white-tailed deer populations in the state of Iowa. Read our full letter of support here.
Iowa: Invest in Iowa Act
We support Iowa SSB 3116, the Invest in Iowa Act. This legislation will ensure dedicated funding for conservation in the state of Iowa. We support this act, because it will conserve and improve Iowa’s natural resources for years to come. Read our full letter of support here.
Iowa: Use and Training of Dogs on Private Property
We support Iowa H.F. 2174, an act relating to entering private property by persons using dogs while fur harvesting or training dogs on furbearing animals. The NDA views this legislation as a means to encourage strong working relationships between hunters and landowners. It will assist in improving the already record high approval rates for hunting in the United States, which is essential for the future of our hunting heritage. Read our full letter of support here.
Michigan: Baiting for White-tailed Deer
We oppose Michigan S.B. 37, which would legalize baiting for white-tailed deer. The NDA opposes the expansion of baiting where not currently legal, and/or where chronic wasting disease (CWD) or other known diseases are present. Such limitations on baiting will further efforts in the battle against CWD and aid in the protection of white-tailed deer in the state of Michigan. Read our full letter of opposition here.
Michigan: Deer Baiting Penalty
We oppose MI S.B. 800, which would reduce the penalty for baiting white-tailed deer to $1. The NDA opposes the expansion of baiting where not currently legal and/or where chronic wasting disease/other known diseases are present. Passage of this bill would undermine the Department of Natural Resource’s law enforcement division by reducing the penalty for baiting white-tailed deer to a laughable fee and would not aid in the protection of Michigan’s natural resources. Read our full letter of opposition here.
Michigan: Importation and Transfer of Live Cervids
We support Michigan H.B. 4833, which would prohibit the importation or transfer of live cervids from a region that has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). This legislation will further efforts in the battle against CWD, and aid in the protection of whitetail deer and our hunting heritage in the state of Michigan. Read our full letter of support here.
Missouri: Legislative Authority Over the Department of Conservation
We oppose Missouri House Joint Resolution 100, which would place Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) in a position of authority over the Missouri Department of Conservation (DOC) and obtain legislative control over wildlife management. The NDA believes in providing an apolitical, science-based conservation agency with exclusive authority over the state’s forests, fish and wildlife. Read our full letter of opposition here.
National: Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
We support proposed changes to the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). The proposed changes include protecting highly erodible land by agricultural land easements, providing assistance to partners who pursue “Buy-Protect-Sell” transactions, increasing flexibility for partners to meet cost-share matching requirements, and identifying water quality as a program purpose for enrollment of wetland reserve easements. These changes to ACEP will provide substantial protection and benefit to land resources and wildlife, including white-tailed deer. Read the full letter of support here.
National: America’s Conservation Enhancement Act
We support U.S. Senate Bill 3051, America’s Conservation Enhancement Act, which includes various conservation provisions that address emerging challenges to species and habitat health. Passage of this bill will have a positive ecological impact, promote outdoor recreation, and increase long-term conservation funding. Read the full letter of support here.
We support U.S. House Bill 925, America’s Conservation Enhancement Act, which includes an array of high-priority conservation provisions. Its passage marks a significant step forward in addressing growing challenges to species and habitat health. This bill will not only have wide-range ecological impacts but will facilitate enhanced wildlife-dependent outdoor recreation by millions of Americans, strengthening conservation funding streams for years to come. Read the full letter of support here.
National: America’s Conservation Enhancement Act and the Great American Outdoors Act
We support the US America’s Conservation Enhancement Act (ACE) and the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA). The GAOA, S. 3422, will provide improved access by funding the backlog of federal maintenance for recreational infrastructure. The ACE Act, H.R. 925, includes high-priority conservation provisions and significant job creation. Both bills contain crucial job creation components, and will provide improved outdoor recreation opportunities for Americans. Read our full letter of support here.
National:Bureau of Land Management Micro Range Projects
We appreciate the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) work to improve, prepare for environmental analysis, and manage informal areas for recreational shooting on public lands in five locations in the greater Phoenix, AZ area. Due to significant demand for Arizona style shooting sites, we encourage and offer assistance to the BLM to seek partnerships with state agencies beyond the Arizona borders, and use the Phoenix model to identify, secure, and plan optimal recreational shooting locations on BLM-managed lands throughout the West. Read our full letter or support here.
National: Boundary Waters Wilderness Protection and Pollution Prevention Act
We support U.S. House Bill 5598, Boundary Waters Wilderness Protection and Pollution Prevention Act. This act will withdraw 234,328 acres of public land and waters from a proposed sulfide-ore copper mine, which would result in detrimental effects for hunting, angling, fish and wildlife and local recreation industry. QDMA supports this bill, as it is a way to ensure conservation efforts in the watershed continue unimpeded, and hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation opportunities continue for future generations. Read the full letter of support here.
National: Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Foothills Project
We support the U.S. Forest Service Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Foothills Project. The goals of this project align with NDA principles that involve active forest management and benefit all wildlife including white-tailed deer. This project outlines actions that focus on the following; restore and maintain activities to create more robust ecosystems, improve watershed and ecological conditions, support high water quality and soil productivity, and provide sustainable recreation and access opportunities to the public. Read the full letter of support here.
National: Climate Change
In conjunction with numerous organizations within the conservation community, we released a statement pertaining to climate changes that can be harnessed and reduced through collaborative efforts with federal, state, local and private agencies. Through advocacy letters to Congress and the Senate, we support bipartisan legislation to address impacts of climate change. Land and water based advocates urge implementation of market and incentive based strategies along with government policies that harness the power of our natural systems to sequester and store carbon, mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, maintain and build climate resilience, and ensure adaptive solutions such as better management of natural systems for climate impact. Read the House letter here. Read the Senate letter here.
National: Conservation Organizations Request for Forest Management
We support actions by the federal government to ensure the nation’s forests remain well managed and productive through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Strategic investments that include federal forests and public lands will provide immediate recovery and lasting benefits to the American public through mitigation of potential for wildfires, improvement of forest and watershed health, providing quality habitat for wildlife, and improved access for hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation. Read our full letter of support here.
National: Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies Act
We do not support H.R. 2245, the Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies Act bill nor section 436 of H.R. 7612, the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriates bill, as they both not only fail to support conservation efforts of wildlife management experts in range countries, but also undermine the scientific benefits of habitat conservation on local livelihoods. Sustainable hunting programs in African countries lead to species conservation, tolerance of large game, and generation of funds that help protect habitat and control wildlife populations while also contributing to the safety and well-being of humans in range countries. These bills would inhibit importation of legally and sustainably harvested African game species which could actually cause harm to the wildlife population, increase risk of poaching, eliminate funding gained from controlled hunts, and compromise scientific efforts to create a viable ecosystem in Africa. Read our full letter of opposition here.
National: COVID-19 Relief for Non-profit Conservation Organizations
We support actions taken by the US Government for specifically making 501(c)3 non-profit conservation organizations eligible for many of the CARES Act and FFRCA provisions. These actions will assist our organization during uncertain times and support our mission towards ensuring the future of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat, and our hunting heritage. Read our full letter of support here.
National: CWD Funding
We support increased funding of state wildlife agencies for the purposes of containing the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in free-ranging deer. Increased investment in state wildlife agency response to CWD is not only vital to ensuring healthy populations of cervids, but also the security of conservation funding streams and the North American model of conservation well into the future. Read our full letter of support here.
National: Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act of 2020
We support the Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act of 2020 (S. 4431), particularly Sections 101 and 105 which address increasing the scale, pace, and efficiency in implementing forest management and restoration projects. Designating three landscape-level projects of up to 75,000 acres is a valid start to management activity which reduces wildfire risk to communities and watershed, but the vast area needing treatment across the West justifies increasing this number. We also believe that working closely with the Forest Service, legislation to codify “new information” can reduce delays for good projects and can allow implementation of forest restoration projects in a timely manner. Read our full letter of support here.
National: Everglades Restoration Projects
We support the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies’ actions to appropriate required funding to advance restoration projects of America’s Everglades. These actions will continue to support the future for Florida’s outdoor recreation industry and the millions of anglers and boaters from around the world who visit this iconic and productive location. Read our full letter of support here.
National: Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act
We support the implementation of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA). Once implemented, this act will facilitate modified land exchanges to protect our nation’s special places and increase public access and recreation. NDA supports implementation of this act because it will provide funding to allow BLM, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to pursue various land conservation projects to promote hunting, fishing, outdoor recreation, conserve wildlife habitat, protect water quality and preserve resources. Read the full letter of support here.
National: George Washington and Jefferson National Forests’ Liberty Thinning Project
We support the U.S. Forest Service George Washington and Jefferson National Forest’s Liberty Thinning Project. The actions outlined in this project include forest management practices that are vital to the preservation of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat, and our hunting heritage. Execution of this project will aid in the protection of wildlife for the American public to enjoy. Read the full letter of support here.
National: Great American Outdoors Act
We support the Great American Outdoors Act (US S. 3422), which is a bipartisan package that represents one the largest, single direct investments in conservation. It includes legislation that will conserve our nation’s natural resources, expand outdoor recreational opportunities, and spur local economic development in communities across the United States. Read our full letter of support here.
National: H2B Guest Workers for Conservation and Forest-Related Jobs
We support the exemption of H-2B workers who, per Presidential Proclamation 10014, are being temporarily banned from work opportunities in conservation and forest-related jobs in the US due to COVID-19. Since Americans have only applied to fill 1.9% of these available jobs, these non-immigrant workers prove critical to restore, grow, and manage our forests. Without them, American landowners, conservation agencies, and companies will suffer losses, and vital components of carbon sequestration, habitat regulation, and ecosystem sustainability will be left unfinished, leading to detrimental long-term deficits for America’s sporting-conservation sector. Read our full letter of support here.
National: Korea Alaska Development Corporation Bering River Inholding
We support the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (EVOS) Trustee Council’s actions to acquire, retire, and conserve the Korea Alaska Development Corporation Bering River inholding. Such an outcome would provide lasting benefits to the way of life, subsistence, and outdoor recreation activities and industries that are already long established in the region. Read the full letter of support here.
National: Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge Water Supply
We strongly urge the federal government to enact a comprehensive water agreement for the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. Home to fifty thousand plus acres of marshy land and a natural lake, this area provides refuge to countless resident and migratory waterfowl. Since 2001 the NWR has suffered a water supply problem, leading to stranded ducklings, disease outbreaks, and declines in waterfowl populations because the two sources of water, Klamath Irrigation Project and Tule Lake Irrigation District, are unreliable. The last comprehensive water agreement expired in 2015. We now seek to establish a new agreement with the federal government that will provide adequate funding to purchase water rights within the Klamath Basin, provide assurance from the Bureau of Reclamation that the transferred water will be stored in Upper Klamath Lake and delivered appropriately, and provide a source of affordable electric power for the Tule Lake I.D. to use in pumping water through the ridge and lower Klamath NWR. Read the full letter here.
National: Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests’ Land Management Plan
We support the United States Forest Service’s (USFS) Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests proposed land management plan. We also encourage the USFS to continue to consider activities that promote habitat enhancement, forest resiliency, and public access. The NDA believes that proper, science-based forest management practices are vital to the preservation of deer, wildlife habitat, and deer hunting tradition. Read our full letter of support here.
National: Natural Infrastructure Working Group WRDA Priorities
We support the Water Resources Development Act. This act will modernize America’s water management. Specifically, we support the following priorities for the upcoming legislation; development of important incentives for natural infrastructure, increasing the understanding of levee setbacks and their benefits, modernization of the criteria used to assess cost and benefits associated with projects, and implementation of monitoring plans to assess the impact of projects. Read the full letters to the House and the Senate.
National: NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program Application Language
We request to strike new, problematic language found in the FY20/21 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Classic Application for Public Funding (APF) and reissue the APF without it. The new language attempts to clarify the definitions of “nonindustrial” and “industrial” private forest land, but instead the broad verbiage strays from decades of standard practice for NRCS and RCPP programs, creates confusion among RCPP partners, unfairly restricts forest land eligibility compared to agricultural land eligibility, and is inconsistent with other USDA programs. The unnecessary, unneeded new language threatens to undermine and prevent critical ongoing forest conservation efforts of the NRCS. Read the full letter here.
National: Offshore & Coastal Acts
We support the inclusion of the Opening Federal Financial Sharing to Heighten Opportunities for Renewable Energy Act of 2020 (OFFSHORE Act, S. 2485) and the Conservation of America’s Shoreline Terrain and Aquatic Life Act (COASTAL, S. 2418) into any forthcoming end of year package. The outdoor industry makes up 2.2% of the GDP and supports 5.2 million jobs in the U.S. COVID-19 has led to an increase in outdoor sports and recreation participation while stronger, more frequent natural disasters continually take a toll on our coastlines. These factors reinforce the need to invest in coastal restoration and resiliency-building activities. We support the OFFSHORE Act proposal to dedicate a portion of offshore wind revenue to coastal resiliency investments that supplement federal and state efforts to protect coastal economies and natural resources. We also support the COASTAL Act proposal to amend the Gulf of Mexico Security Act of 2006 to lift the $500 million cap on currently shared revenues and to change the formula for revenue distribution to ensure that Gulf states receive 50% of the revenue generated from offshore energy production. Quick passage of these legislations ensure environmental protections and infrastructure urgently needed to protect the nation’s coastlines. Read our full letter of support here.
National: Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska
We support actions by the President of the United States to direct the Army Corps of Engineers to deny issuance of a Clean Water Act (CWA) 404 permit for the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska. If built, the mine would immediately jeopardize thousands of American jobs, hundreds of businesses, a sportfishing and hunting paradise, and thriving outdoor industries. Read our full letter of opposition to the mine here.
National: Public Land Access
We urge Congress members to cosponsor the Modernizing Access to our Public Land Act, S. 3427. Congress and the Department of Labor have worked to create additional access points on inaccessible public lands. This data pertaining to millions of acres of federal public land in the U.S. must be synthesized and digitized into an easily accessible form that may be readily available to outdoor enthusiasts. Federal land management agencies currently lack resources and capacity needed to effectively consolidate and distribute the data via modern, electronic means. This bill would authorize the resources needed to create a data management tool that would benefit millions of recreational land users. Read our full letter of support here.
National: Recovering America’s Wildlife Act
We support bipartisan H.R. 3742, Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, which will assure the proper funding for on-the-ground activities that support states’ most urgent wildlife priorities. This legislation builds upon the incredible legacy of the Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson Acts, which brought iconic fish and wildlife species back from the brink of extinction through cooperative, science-driven wildlife management, supported by reliable funding. Read our full letter of support here.
National: Recovering America’s Wildlife Act in Economic Recovery Packages
We support actions by the federal government to include the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, H.R. 3742, in future economic recovery packages in response to the economic and public health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Such actions would create a significant number of jobs, restart the outdoor economy, and support key sectors like agriculture, forestry, and ranching. Read our full letter of support here.
National: Sunday Hunting Restrictions
We urge the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports to update the National Hunting and Shooting Sports Action Plan to eliminate all restrictions on Sunday hunting. While only ten states continue to enforce Sunday hunting restrictions, we feel it imperative for all states to remove barriers that prevent the average hunter from access to public land and restrict hunting times to a limited number of days per week. Providing adequate hunting opportunities to all provides economic benefits that contribute to our commitment to hunter recruitment, retention and reactivation efforts. Read the full letter here.
National: USFS Closure Order Directives
We propose some modifications to the proposed language defining emergency closures of national forests or grasslands in P.L. 116-9, the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, which serves to ensure that federal lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service continue to provide access to hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting opportunities. In section 34.05 we seek to further clarify, with more descriptive, definitive language, the definition of Public Safety. In section 34.1 we seek better parameters on the space and time affected by an emergency closure as stated in the Public Notice and Comment Requirement. In Section 34.31 we seek to clarify the window of time given for publication of a Notice of Intent, clarify the window of time stated in publicly posted documentation, and require the public posting of maps of affected areas. Read our full proposal here.
National: Use of Public Land and Water During COVID-19 Pandemic
The QDMA supports safe and appropriate access to nature during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to actions that align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations and believe that nature is an ideal place to maintain social distancing while simultaneously providing the public with educational and recreational experiences. Moreover, we support the maintenance of hunting opportunities for in-season species and recreational fishing. This will ensure the conservation of solitary and safe hunting and fishing to the public. Read our full letter of support here.
National: Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act
We support U.S. S. 1499, the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act. This bill would provide for the protection and restoration of native fish, wildlife, and plant species. We support legislation that will provide long-term habitat connectivity for native species, assist in restoring disrupted wildlife movements, and facilitate coordinated landscape and seascape scale connectivity planning and management. Read our full letter of support here.
Nevada: Nevada Test and Training Range Expansion
We oppose the expansion of the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) into the Desert National Wildlife Refuge (DNWR). The DNWR supports habitat for a variety of species, including the habitat and hunting of bighorn sheep. The current proposal would result in the largest loss to the Refuge System in history and would lead to reduced and further complicated access for conservation efforts. We support inclusive discussion among all concerned parties and careful considerations of evolving needs for both the armed forces and wildlife. Read the full letter of opposition here.
New Hampshire: Carcass Importation
We support New Hampshire’s proposal that would prohibit the importation of any hunter killed cervid carcass or parts of a cervid carcass from a chronic wasting disease (CWD) positive jurisdiction. These actions would aid in the fight against chronic wasting disease and further protect white-tailed deer in the state of New Hampshire. Read the full letter of support here.
New Mexico: Agricultural and Natural Resources Trustee Act
We support New Mexico S.B. 273, the Agricultural and Natural Resources Trustee Act. This bill will help preserve the future of New Mexico’s natural resources by appropriating dedicated funding for conservation. Read our full letter of support here.
Pennsylvania: Conservation Project Funding
We oppose Amendment 05143 to Pennsylvania HB1822. This legislation targets and restricts eight conservation funds, which effectively freezes all funding to new conservation projects in the state of Pennsylvania until the end of the Governor’s emergency declaration. Sportsmen and women across the Commonwealth rely on these funds for clean streams for fishing, healthy habitat for hunting, and a multitude of other outdoor recreation opportunities. It is vital to preserve the land and water that the people of Pennsylvania depend on, especially in these difficult times. Read our full letter of opposition here.
Pennsylvania: CWD Response Plan
We support items within the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s (PGC) chronic wasting disease (CWD) response plan. These provisions cover topics including; prohibiting movement of cervids outside disease management areas, prohibiting deer feeding in disease management areas, collaboration for captive cervid operations, prohibiting high-risk cervid importation from outside the state, diagnostic strategies and testing capacity, target removal, and public outreach regarding the severity of CWD. These items will assist in the fight against CWD and aid in protecting the natural resources of Pennsylvania. Read our full letter of support here.
Pennsylvania: License and Permit Fees
We support Pennsylvania H.B. 808, this bill would grant the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) the authority to set license and permit fees as needed. Passage of this bill would allow the agent to operate with a predictable budget and capacity and better serve the outdoor recreation and sportsmen communities in the state of Pennsylvania. Read our full letter of support here.
United Kingdom: Hunting Trophy Import/Export Policy
We support actions by the U.K. Government to adopt management policy “Option #4” and continue to apply current controls, based on internationally agreed upon rules, to guide U.K. hunting trophy importation and exportation policy. Well-regulated hunting has been proven to generate sustainable funding as well as provide a critical management tool for wildlife and natural resource habitat conservation around the world. Read our full letter of support here.
Virginia: Bobblets Gap Vegetation Project
We support the proposed project to create early successional and late open canopy conditions to provide a diversity of age classes for wildlife species in the Bobblets Gap area of the Jefferson National Forest in Bedford County, Virginia. The leadership in the Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger District consistently provide proactive management through timber harvest, timber stand improvement, prescribed fire, and creation of open and edge habitat. These efforts enhance wildlife habitat by encouraging regeneration of forests, management of non-native species, and planting of both soft and hard mast trees, all of which benefit the white-tailed deer and their ecosystem preferences. Read our full letter of support here.
Virginia: Canned Hunts
We support Virginia S.B. 774, which would prohibit hunts that guarantee a kill or “canned” hunts. We support this bill for various reasons including: our opposition to the privatization of wildlife, the potential for disease transmission, genetic impacts, fair chase and other social issues. The NDA supports the ethical and lawful pursuit and taking of white-tailed deer in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper or unfair advantage. Read our full letter of support here.
Virginia: Pedlar River North Vegetation Project
We support the proposal to create early successional and late open canopy conditions in the Pedlar River North area of the George Washington National Forest in Amherst County, Virginia. This proposed project would greatly improve and diversify wildlife habitat through timber harvest, timber stand improvement, prescribed fire, and creation of open and edge habitat. Read our full letter of support here.
Virginia: Poaching Penalties
We support Virginia H.B. 449, which provides that any person convicted of conducting unlawful activities relating to hunting and fishing, may be prohibited from hunting, trapping or fishing in the Commonwealth for a period of one to five years. House Bill 449 will help reduce the number of unlawful activities with respect to white-tailed deer and other species and therefore will benefit the state, its wildlife and citizenry. Read our full letter of support here.
West Virginia: Bag Limits for Antlered Deer
We oppose West Virginia S.B. 524, which would prohibit the Natural Resources Commission from establishing bag limits for antlered Deer. The NDA opposes this bill since it would prevent the Natural Resources Commission from performing its stated duty to manage white-tailed deer populations using a scientific approach that is transparent to the public and supported by hunters. Read the full letter of opposition here.
West Virginia: Use of Leashed Tracking Dogs
We support West Virginia H.B. 4116, which would allow the use of leashed tracking dogs to help recover wounded big game animals. This bill will assist hunters in upholding their moral and ethical responsibility by providing a tool to locate a dead or wounded animal, while maintaining the peace of other wildlife through leash requirements. Read our full letter of support here.