Concord, NC -(AmmoLand.com)- Deer hunters must become more organized and engaged if they are to maintain their influence among a growing list of competing interests and threats to deer.
This was the message Brian Murphy, CEO of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), presented in his opening keynote address to the 39th annual meeting of the Southeast Deer Study Group hosted by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission in Concord, North Carolina, February 15-17.
“Less than 1 percent of hunters belong to a national deer conservation organization like QDMA,” said Murphy. “If we stay that fractured going forward, we’re going to have a hard time maintaining the influence that a group of 12 million should expect to have. We’ve got to be more engaged, more expectant of having a seat at the table, and demand more transparency than ever.”
Murphy’s address, titled “Meeting Hunter Expectations in the 21st Century: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?”, was one of three opening keynote speeches.
“Today, deer management is highly complicated and contentious, especially given the growing role of economics, politics and special interest groups,” said Murphy. “This exacerbates …Read the Rest