The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), in partnership with Clemson University, has extended its offer for active military personnel serving in combat zones to take the online version of its Deer Steward certification course free-of-charge (a $200 value). The original offer was to end in 2013, and it has been extended through the end of 2014.

“Our Deer Steward Level I online course has proven to be immensely popular in its first three years,” said QDMA Certification Programs Manager Matt Ross. “The course was well received by the soldiers who participated in 2013, and we are honored to be able extend the offer again in 2014 as it continues to make sense for us to provide our nation’s soldiers stationed abroad in combat zones the opportunity to escape their surroundings, even for a few hours, and learn about QDM and deer hunting. Again, it’s the least we can do to say thank you for their service to our country.”

In its third year, the online Deer Steward course gives enrollees access to digital recordings of a previous in-person Level I course (filmed in front of a live audience). Students have up to 180 days to complete the series of six sessions (approximately 17 one-hour topics) at their own pace, they will have up to six months from the registration date to complete the course. Speakers include Kip Adams, Dr. David Guynn, Joe Hamilton, Dr. Craig Harper, Dr. Karl V. Miller, Brian Murphy, Matt Ross and Dr. Grant Woods. A high-speed Internet connection is required for quality viewing of digital recordings; also, the web browser Mozilla Firefox is recommended.

Just like the in-person classes, registrants must pass an exam to graduate, and Continuing Forestry Education (CFEs) credits from the Society of American Foresters will be available. In addition, graduates of the online version of Deer Steward will be eligible to take one of the in-person Level II courses upon completion.

Anyone interested in deer hunting can participate in the online course. Those interested, including active duty military in combat zones, can enroll in the Deer Steward online course by obtaining a registration form online at

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