By Richard Hines
There is nothing worse than being stuck inside and with the recent restrictions going on, no sports, and reruns of basketball games from four years ago on TV, it’s hard to get interested in anything.
One thing did come to mind: If you are a deer hunter, did you ever think about going back to school? Well maybe not school as you remember it, but how about learning some new information about your favorite game animal, the white-tailed deer?
The perfect online course is offered by the Quality Deer Management Association. QDMA’s Deer Steward I class is the first of a series of online classes offered through Clemson University. Everything in this course is applicable to anyone who hunts whitetail deer.
You are probably saying, “I’ve been hunting deer for the past twenty years, what can they teach me?” Well don’t be surprised, I just wrapped up my 50th season and I am thoroughly enjoying the class.
Yes, after fifty years in tree stands, some of the information is a rehash, but learning about deer biology, scent glands, coyote predation, sizes of a buck’s home range, as well as some of the new diseases that our white-tailed deer are facing has been worthwhile, not to mention the ins and outs of QDM or Quality Deer Management.
Someone that just happens to enjoy watching this is my granddaughter who killed her first deer this past season. It’s a bit much for a ten-year-old, but letting her watch segments has gotten her interest up. I would have given anything for an opportunity to take a class like this when I was in high school, so if you have a high school student stuck at home, this might provide the interest he needs to continue learning not just about hunting whitetails, but population management, biology and other aspects of the whitetails’ world.
Right now is the perfect time to register because QDMA is running a special discount for hunters who are cooped up in the house to take advantage of taking this class online that covers the biology of the white-tailed deer, deer hunting and deer management.
You will learn how does are more territorial than bucks, and why rubs and scrapes are more common in the woods. You will also learn QDMA’s policy on hunting. It might surprise you that QDMA in no way advocates that hunters only shoot big deer.
Their website states, “We also believe hunters who have never killed a buck should be able to choose any buck that makes them a happy hunter, and most QDMA staff members killed a yearling for their first buck.”
There are also so many tales and stories about deer that have been carried over from one generation to the next that it’s hard to get a handle on what is true or not. This course should clear up some of the old “hunter’s tales” with good solid facts from some of the nation’s leading deer biologists and managers.
Each segment of the class was filmed by the award-winning producers of Heartland Bowhunter television. Prices have dropped to $200 for the class for members and $225 for non-members.
To sign up and see this online class which has an updated agenda that covers all the latest findings in deer research and management, click here:
To take the online class, hunters must have a high-speed internet connection and once started, hunters will have up to 180 days to complete the series of six sessions which is about 16 hours covering 20 topics. During the 180 days, you will be able to work at your own pace so there’s no rush.
I just started the second session and I’m looking forward to learning more about our family’s favorite game animal.