The conservation of mule deer and black-tailed deer is a combined effort by many outstanding groups. Working together on many levels we have the ability to make our Voice, Money, Action go farther, faster. Please take some time and see how other groups we work with are as dedicated as we are all in the name of conservation


What is the National Deer Alliance (NDA)?

The NDA is a new organization dedicated to uniting deer hunters, managers and enthusiasts like never before and harnessing this power to achieve positive outcomes for deer and deer hunting. NDA’s goal is to serve as the unified voice of the modern deer hunter and guardian of North America’s wild deer, wildlife habitat and our hunting heritage. NDA fuels the passion for deer hunting and conservation through engagement, fellowship, and education.

NDA members will realize two key benefits:

  1. NDA members will be kept informed on key deer issues in North America on a weekly basis through email, and real-time through social media and the NDA website.
  2. NDA members will have the opportunity to have their voice heard by participating in NDA’s advocacy efforts. A steering committee with broad representation will guide these efforts. When a subject of broad concern is identified, the committee will engage NDA staff and members to achieve positive outcomes for deer and deer hunting. Member engagement in advocacy will be voluntary.

Why is the NDA necessary?

Deer are the most commonly pursued and economically important big game animal in North America. However, less than 1 percent of deer hunters belong to a national conservation organization dedicated to the protection of deer and our deer hunting heritage (see the chart on the right). This lack of unity prevents a strong, centralized voice to address current and emerging threats such as hunter access, disease, predators, and declining deer populations. The time has come for deer hunters to organize and speak up for their rights.

Why did QDMA create the NDA?

During the inaugural North American Whitetail Summit held in March 2014, QDMA was identified as the organization best suited to form this new umbrella organization as a natural extension of our current mission.

Are NDA and QDMA the same thing?

No. While QDMA is a founding member and active supporter of the NDA, many other groups, companies and individual deer hunters will also play vital roles. QDMA members have the option of joining NDA on their own accord.

Who will run the daily operations of NDA?

Craig Dougherty will serve as the initial Executive Director of NDA with additional support from select QDMA staff including Kip Adams and Matt Ross. Eventually, NDA will have its own staff.

Why is membership FREE?

The goal of NDA is to create the largest possible membership base by removing all participation barriers. All you need to do is say, “Yes, I believe in deer and deer hunting and want to do my part to ensure its future.” Simply put, we want every deer hunter in North America to become a foot soldier for deer through their participation in NDA.

How do I get involved in the NDA?

Simply sign up for NDA’s outreach network (with your name, email address and zip/postal code) and get ready to become informed and engaged. As NDA outreach tools expand, you will be notified as to how to participate in those as well. Go to to sign up today.

How do I get more information on the NDA?

For more information contact:
Craig Dougherty, NDA Executive Director –


The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) represents 23  states and Canadian provinces, spanning from Alaska to Texas and Saskatchewan to Hawaii – an area covering nearly 3.7 million square miles of some of North America’s most wild and scenic country, inhabited by over 1500 premier wildlife species.


Mule Deer Working Group

Statement of Purpose:

The purpose for this working group is to:

  1. Begin to develop strategies to assist in management of declining mule deer populations throughout the West;
  2. Improve communication among mule deer biologists throughout the West;
  3. Provide a forum to respond to information needs from agency administration.

The Mule Deer Working Group has been very successful in their efforts to reach those goals and are considered one of the most active and productive working groups sponsored by WAFWA.


In 1997, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) established a Mule Deer Working Group (MDWG) consisting of a representative from each western state and western Canadian province.  Since the time of the MDWG’s inception, it has been successfully addressing mule and black-tailed deer concerns shared among wildlife agencies in western North America.

Mule Deer and Movement Barriers


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Since 1989 the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) has maintained a singleness of purpose that has guided the organization to become the most respected and trusted sportsmen’s organization in the political arena. CSF’s mission is to work with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping.

The unique and collective force of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC), the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) and the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC), working closely with CSF, serves as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen elected officials that advance the agenda of America’s hunters and anglers.

CSF’s stature as the sportsmen’s leader on policy issues has steadily grown through active involvement within the hunting and fishing conservation community, including staff leadership and engagement in the American Wildlife Conservation Partners (AWCP), Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports (CAHSS), National Fish Habitat Partnership Board (NFHP) and FishNet at the national level, and Families Afield and the Sunday Hunting Coalition at the state level.

Additionally, CSF is the only organization represented on the five federally chartered advisory councils (FAC) dealing with hunting, recreational fishing, and wildlife management: the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council (WHHCC), the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council (SFBPC), the Marine Protected Areas (MPA FAC), the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MFAC), and the National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee (NWSAC).

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Mule Deer Foundation