NDA’s critically-acclaimed Deer Steward Course incorporates multiple instructors from a variety of backgrounds, and they cover a wide array of topics over two weekends for Deer Steward Levels 1 and 2. Combined, it’s the most comprehensive and intensive program of its kind.

However, we also realize that to excel at something you really need to spend as much time as possible on it. So, in 2015 we launched an exciting new addition to this series: the Deer Steward Modules. These Modules are topic-specific, where attendees focus on only one aspect of deer management over a couple of days. 

2021 In-person Modules


Hunting Property Evaluation Module – brought to you by onX
June 11-12, Unionville, Missouri at the Hinkle Farm

The Hunting Property Evaluation Module will be led by Adam Keith and/or Matt Dye from Land & Legacy, the 2020 Al Brothers Professional Deer Managers of the Year. Through their consultation business, Land & Legacy is devoted to providing an effective assessment of each property’s natural resources, no matter its size or location. This Module will benefit new and veteran landowners alike by allowing the attendee to learn how to gain a comprehensive understanding of the property’s current habitat composition, develop lists of strengths and weaknesses, and to ensure work begins in the right direction. Land & Legacy specializes in the design, layout, and improvement of a property’s natural resources for the overall achievement of the landowner’s goals and making sure it’s in line with the ecological integrity of the surrounding native landscape.

Habitat Enhancement Module
August 6-8, Mahaffey, Pennsylvania, at The Bearded Buck showcase farm

The Habitat Enhancement module will be led by Dr. Craig Harper. Dr. Harper is a professor and the Extension Wildlife Specialist at the University of Tennessee, and has also been a speaker at numerous National Conventions and Deer Steward courses. This Module will cover various means of mechanical and chemical control and enhancement of ground-level vegetation in forests, fields and food plots to improve deer forage and cover on a property.

Program Costs

Cost$750 for NDA members, $800 for non-members, $700 for Life or Sponsor members.
What’s Included: instruction, course guide, certificate, some meals/snacks, and NDA membership for non-member price.
What’s Not Included: some meals, travel and lodging (lodging option will be reserved, information provided after registration)

CFE Credit: TBD
Cancellation PolicyApplicants of Deer Steward Modules shall be entitled to a full refund of course fees if the NDA National Office is notified within fourteen (14) business days of the course date. Cancellations made less than fourteen (14) business days from the course date shall entitle the applicant to a fifty percent (50%) refund of course fees. No refunds shall be made for cancellations less than two (2) business days before the course date.

Early Bird discount ($50 off per level) will be applied if paying on/before March 1, 2021. Special group savings also available for NDA Branch officers/directors (up to 25% off). Discounts cannot be combined. Contact Matt Ross for more info.


Registration opens February 1, 2021

By phoning the NDA National Office at: 800-209-3337

By faxing a completed registration form to: 706-353-0223

By mailing a completed registration form to:

National Deer Association
P.O. Box 160
Bogart, GA 30622


Scholarship Opportunity

For each in-person Module, the NDA will also award a high school junior or senior, or college student, interested in a career in wildlife management a scholarship to attend free of charge. Applicants for the scholarships should have a strong interest in wildlife conservation and the Quality Deer Management (QDM) philosophy. Applications are due by March 1, 2021.

Download the In-Person Module Scholarship Application

If you have questions regarding course availability or registration, please contact the NDA National Office at 800-209-3337.

If you have any questions regarding course content please contact:

Ben Westfall
NDA Conservation Coordinator
Phone: 251-753-3040