At the end of Deer Steward 2 training, attendees can plan and implement advanced deer management strategies where they hunt. As it stands now, over 4,000 people have become Deer Stewards since the program began in 2007.
Deer Steward is the National Deer Association’s (NDA) individual certification program. This program includes three levels of potential achievement, and each must be completed in sequence.
Deer Steward Level 1 will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the key principles of deer and habitat biology, ecology, and management.
Deer Steward Level 2 will teach students how to apply the principles learned in Level 1 through hands-on and field experience.
Deer Steward Level 3, the most prestigious, must be earned through an individual’s long-term service to NDA, and/or wild deer.
In addition, starting in 2015, we also now offer the Deer Steward Modules where attendees dive into one particular topic that makes up part of an “umbrella” QDM plan, such as food plots, prescribed burning, or predator control. For more on the online or in-person modules, use the menu on the right.
2024 Deer Steward 2 Course
August 9-12, 2024
in Botetourt County, Virginia
Join us in the Blue Ridge Mountains just north of Roanoke!
For each of the in-person Level 2 classes, 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. Travel and lodging are not included in the scholarship. 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, 2024.
Applicants of in-person Deer Steward courses shall be entitled to a full refund of course fees if NDA customer service 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.
Deer Steward 3
Deer Steward Level 3 is the final step in NDA’s Individual Deer Steward Certification Program. Unlike Levels 1 and 2, Level 3 is not a course and no test is required. Level 3 is achieved through personal achievement and long-term service to the wild deer resource and/or the NDA. For many, Level 3 status will take years to qualify. Fortunately the effort needed to meet the qualifications will be replaced with pride and satisfaction upon attaining Level 3 status.
If you have questions regarding course availability or registration, please contact NDA customer service at 800-209-3337.
If you have any questions regarding course content, including online Deer Steward, please contact: