Working for Wildlife Tour

Your Chance to Help Improve our Public Lands with NDA

Join the National Deer Association as we team up with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), numerous conservation partners and Mark Kenyon of Wired to Hunt as part of the MeatEater Working for Wildlife Tour! This year, we'll spend a day in Kentucky and Pennsylvania getting our hands dirty improving habitat for deer and other wildlife – and the best thing is that each event directly contributes to NDA’s national Public Lands Conservation initiative.


The Working for Wildlife Tour brings attention to the critical work hunters and anglers are doing to create, conserve, and restore wildlife habitat through volunteer on-the-ground projects. These events include everything from creating brush piles, wildlife openings and early successional habitat, to cleaning up debris on public lands, improving deer forage, collecting acorns for native reforestation, and invasive species removal.

We Need Your Help!

Ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work? Mark and MeatEater are spotlighting nine of these volunteer workdays across the country and over the last 12 months NDA has hosted five of them.

Click the links below to learn more about our 2024 events and pre-register to attend.

Each of the above areas is open to the public for hunting and recreation. Each event will be followed by a gathering to celebrate the days’ accomplishments. For food planning purposes, please RSVP above and stay tuned for details.


Need an Incentive to Volunteer?

Working for Wildlife T-Shirt

Volunteers that register in advance will receive a free "I Work for Wildlife" T-shirt from MeatEater - while supplies last!

"I'm kicking off the Working for Wildlife Tour to shine a spotlight on these volunteer opportunities. I’ll be heading out to participate in three of these events myself in 2024, and I’m inviting you to join me! I’m excited to meet a bunch of you at these volunteer habitat days to answer your questions, hear your stories, sign books, and get our hands dirty together doing good stuff for deer and other wildlife. I'll also be giving one of our brand new "I Work for Wildlife" t-shirts to the first 25 volunteers at each event."

-Mark Kenyon, Wired to Hunt, MeatEater


NDA First Lite Cap

In addition, and while supplies last, the NDA is going to give a First Lite trucker hat with our logo to the second group of 25 volunteers:

Whether you're in the stand, at work or enjoying a cold one on the deck, the First Lite Trucker Hat in Specter camo is where it's at. These are high quality, well-built mesh backed caps with a medium and firm crown. Adjustable plastic snap back closure provides a comfortable fit.

Drawing for a YETI Cooler

Finally, anyone that signs up and participates in the two events listed above will automatically be enrolled in a Working for Wildlife – NDA-branded YETI Roadie® 24 Cooler (in charcoal, not pictured) drawing at the end of the Tour as a way to say “thank you” for giving back to our public lands and supporting the NDA’s Public Lands Conservation initiative!

While there is no cost to participate, we welcome donations to help offset any costs we incur and so that we can continue to develop projects that benefit our public lands, waters, and wildlife. Make a donation here! Thank you!

Not a member? Join us to support the future of wild deer, wildlife habitat and hunting!

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