QDMA was founded in 1988 and currently has more than 50,000 members in all 50 states and several foreign countries including many deer management professionals.
Chartered in 2008, the West Central Illinois Branch of QDMA has begun a new era in whitetail history in the Mississippi Valley and tributary watersheds of Illinois. Without question, the QDMA is rapidly becoming the most respected and influential white-tailed deer organization in the United States.
The QDMA is the only whitetail conservation organization to ever receive the prestigious “Group Achievement Award” from The Wildlife Society, the parent body of nearly 10,000 wildlife professionals.
Nationally, a large portion of the organization’s proceeds are used to fund research projects conducted by universities, in cooperation with state agencies, to collect the data necessary to ensure sound management practices are implemented, by each state’s Department of Natural Resources.
QDMA branches use funds raised throughout the year, to support initiatives, such as, Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, the National Archery in the Schools Program, as well as, the Catch-A-Dream Foundation. QDMA branches support local DNR conservation efforts, by donating supplies and materials needed, to help catch poachers. Branches, also, fund scholarships for students interested in pursuing careers in conservation and wildlife management.
Branch volunteers work hard to bring the most up to date and accurate information available to the public to enable them to make the best decisions, with regards to managing their local herd.
The Mission statement of our National Organization:
“To ensure the future of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and our hunting heritage.”
THE QDMA PROMOTES:
- Safe and ethical hunting.
- Adherence to wildlife and trespass laws.
- Adequate harvests of adult does.
- Restraint in harvesting young bucks.
- Hunter involvement in education and management.
- Cooperation with wildlife biologists and enforcement officers.
- Education of hunters and non-hunters toward a better understanding of wildlife management.
- Stewardship and appreciation of all wildlife.
GENERAL OBJECTIVES OF THE QDMA:
- To serve as a collective and responsible voice for white-tailed deer hunters and managers.
- To improve the quality of deer herds and hunting experiences through sound deer management.
- To promote hunter education and participation through the conducting of meetings, seminars, and demonstrations, and through the production of educational materials such as books, videos, and the QDMA’s bi-monthly journal, Quality Whitetails.
- To promote and financially support deer research and management projects relating to white-tailed deer management and/or recreational hunting.
- To enhance the public image of deer hunters and deer hunting by providing a code of ethics for members to follow.