If count yourself among the 11 million deer hunters on this continent, then you probably have questions about the deer you pursue. Should you feed deer during a hard winter? How much of an impact are coyotes actually having on your deer? Is it possible to shoot too many does? How can you gauge the health of your deer herd?

It doesn’t matter where you hunt, how you hunt, or what kind of deer you hunt. What matters is that you speak up about the status of deer hunting in your region and seek answers to your questions. The best place to do that is at the North American Deer Summit this spring.

The National Deer Alliance is partnering with sponsors like Quality Deer Management, the Mule Deer Foundation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide deer hunters like you with a forum to express your concerns and provide on-the-ground information from your corner of the country. Plus, it’s an ideal opportunity to connect with experts and other hunters to ask those important questions.

NDA just released the Summit’s agenda, and the lineup is looking good. Topics of discussion include the status of whitetail and mule deer, captive cervids, EHD, predator impacts, state agency relations with hunters, and hunter recruitment and retention. You can find the full Summit agenda here.

The summit is scheduled for Wednesday, May 6 through Friday, May 8 at the Galt House in Louisville. It’s open to the public, and registration is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration is $220, but the discounted price for early sign up ($198) is available through March 4. You can register here.

The QDMA National Convention will be held immediately following the NADS, from May 8-9 at the same venue. You can register here.