[ATA Show 2020] National Deer Alliance is Fighting for the Future of All Hunters
Adam Scepaniak 01.11.20
As archers and hunters, we can all poke and joust wits with each other over the water cooler about “what is the best bow” or “what is the best arrow” or “what is the best broadhead,” but one thing we should all be able to find common ground on is our rights to hunt and the legacy we hope to leave for those hunters who come after us. With roughly 11.5 million hunters in the United States, and loosely 80% of those hunters identifying as ‘deer hunters,’ it is very important that we take care of our deer herds; all of them.
That is why it is important to have a non-profit organization like the National Deer Alliance (NDA) that fights for our rights and strives to represent other organizations through their mission. Speaking of which, this is the mission statement of the National Deer Alliance and what they are all about:
“The mission of the National Deer Alliance (NDA) is to serve as the guardian of wild deer conservation (white-tailed deer, mule deer, black-tailed deer, coues deer, and Key deer), and our hunting heritage.“
The National Deer Alliance does a lot of work lobbying and fighting for our hunting rights when smaller organizations simply would not have the man power, time, or resources to do so themselves. Those different organizations that the National Deer Alliance works alongside and represent are as follows:
- Mule Deer Foundation
- Quality Deer Management Association
- Whitetails Unlimited
- Wildlife Management Institute
Many of us were raised on the idea that if we teach our children to be involved and as passionate about hunting, conservation, and preservation as we are then everything would work out. Unfortunately, that simple idea is not panning out. One of the priorities of the National Deer Alliance is to mentor more people in hunting and not just children, but also adults who may have not been afforded the education or opportunity to do so before. Other initiatives on their docket read as such:
- Chronic Wasting Disease
- Wild Deer Conservation
- Hunter Access
- Federal and State Land Management
An easy way for you to help with these goals is to join the NDA since membership is free! You can either visit nationaldeeralliance.com, text NDA to 42828, or e-mail them at [email protected] The most important part about deer management and conservation is to get people to talk about it. Once that dialogue has been started more meaningful action can be accomplished.