National Deer Alliance Sets Direction of Future of Deer Conservation and Hunting

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FAIRFAX, VA – (Ammoland.Com)— The National Deer Alliance (NDA) recently welcomed its board members, outdoor industry professionals and deer experts to its inaugural strategic planning meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NDA was created in 2014 to serve as the guardian for deer conservation and hunting heritage. This was NDA’s first strategic planning session under the direction of CEO, Nick Pinizzotto, and the group collaborated to achieve critical goals over the next three years with a focus on the future of wild deer conservation and hunting.

“Deer herds, hunters, and managers face a myriad of challenges in an ever-changing world and we’re working hard to position NDA as a leader in the policy arena to ensure healthy deer herds, good quality habitat, and satisfied hunters,” said Nick Pinizzotto, NDA CEO. “This is a critical time for the country’s most sought-after game animal, and the successful launch of NDA is vitally important.”

NDA Strategic Planning Group
NDA Strategic Planning Group

The group spent a significant amount of time discussing deer diseases, threats to the heritage of deer hunting, predators, habitat, and property access for hunters, with the official list of priorities to be announced soon.

NDA board members in attendance included: Nick Pinizzotto, CEO of National Deer Alliance, Board Chairman Jay McAninch of Archery Trade Association, Vice Chairman Brian Murphy of Quality Deer Management Association and board members Ryan Bronson of Vista Outdoor, Dr. David Guinn of Clemson University – retired, Miles Moretti of Mule Deer Foundation and Jeff Schinkten of Whitetails Unlimited.

Industry professionals and deer experts in attendance included:

  • Sam Burgeson, Wildlife Research Center
  • Jim Curcuruto, National Shooting Sports Foundation
  • Dan Forster, Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  • Steve Hornady, Hornady Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Harry Jacobson, Mississippi State University – retired
  • Ken Mayer, K.E. Mayer & Associates
  • Greg Simons, Wildlife Systems, Inc.
  • Tony Wasley, Nevada Department of Wildlife
  • Larry Williams, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Kayla Bellrichard, Archery Trade Association
  • Steve Williams, Wildlife Management Institute

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About National Deer Alliance: About National Deer Alliance (NDA): The NDA is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization with a mission to serve as the guardian for wild deer conservation and our hunting heritage. Focusing primarily on issues at the policy level, NDA is a leader in advocating for sustainable, science-based conservation of wild deer and fair-chase hunting, and is a source for credible, responsible, and timely information. Founding members include: Archery Trade Association, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Mule Deer Foundation, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Quality Deer Management Association, Vista Outdoor, and Whitetails Unlimited.

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