In-Person Modules In-person learning of individual topics

NDA's Deer Steward Modules are topic-specific, where attendees focus on only one aspect of deer management over a couple of days. Each stand-alone in-person Module is led by industry experts, comes with a certificate of completion, and does not require previous Deer Steward certification.

2023 In-Person Module: Habitat Enhancement

July 14 – 16, 2023
in Jamestown, Missouri

The Habitat Enhancement module will focus on mechanical and chemical treatment methods in forests, fields, and food plots. Led by Dr. Craig Harper, this course provides students a foundation of skills involving the management of ground-level vegetation to meet wildlife management goals. You will learn everything habitat from early succession management, forest stand improvement, prescribed fire, plant identification and much more!

By taking the Habitat Enhancement module, attendees will have gained enough knowledge to greatly improve the quality and diversity of wildlife habitat on the land they hunt or manage!

Program Instructors

  • Kip Adams, Wildlife Biologist, NDA’s Chief Conservation Officer
  • Dr. Craig Harper, Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist, University of Tennessee
  • Ben Westfall, NDA’s Conservation Coordinator

Note: Not all instructors will be at each course and others may be added.

Program Costs

$800 Basic NDA Members, Non-NDA Members (includes a Premium NDA membership)

$750 Premium NDA Members

$700 NDA Life Members, Sponsor Members and Corporate Sponsors, Partners, and Supporters.

What’s Included: instruction, course guide, certificate, some meals/snacks, and NDA membership for non-member price.
CFE Credit:Society of American Foresters
What’s Not Included: some meals, travel and lodging (lodging option will be reserved, information provided after registration)
Cancellation PolicyApplicants of Deer Steward Modules shall be entitled to a full refund of course fees if the NDA National Office 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.

Early Bird discount ($50 off per level) will be applied if paying on/before March 1, 2023. Special group savings also available for NDA Branch officers/directors (up to 25% off). Discounts cannot be combined. Contact Ben Westfall for more info.

If you are a state wildlife agency employee, please reach out to Ben Westfall directly at to register.


Register Now

By phoning the NDA National Office at: 800-209-3337

By mailing a completed registration form to:

National Deer Association
P.O. Box 160
Bogart, GA 30622


Scholarship Opportunity

For each in-person Module, 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. 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, 2023.

Download the In-Person Module Scholarship Application

If you have questions regarding course availability or registration, please contact the NDA National Office at 800-209-3337.

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