Deer Steward 1 Online Learning

An all new and improved Deer Steward Level 1 course is now available, with an updated agenda infused with the latest in deer research and management advice, filmed by the award-winning producers of Heartland Bowhunter television!

Through a unique partnership with Clemson University, hunters who have a high-speed Internet connection (Google Chrome or Apple Safari browser recommended) will start the Deer Steward class online, making Level 1 both convenient and affordable. Once registered, attendees gain access to a digital recording of one of our previous Deer Steward Level 1 courses (filmed in front of a live audience) and will have up to 180 days to complete the series of six sessions (broken down into approximately 16 hours over 20 topics) at their own pace.

Instructors and Continuing Education

Speakers include:

  • Kip Adams, Wildlife Biologist, NDA’s Chief Conservation Officer
  • Joe Hamilton, Wildlife Biologist, NDA’s Founder 
  • Dr. Craig Harper, Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist, University of Tennessee
  • Dr. Karl V. Miller, Professor, University of Georgia
  • Matt Ross, Wildlife Biologist and Forester, NDA’s Director of Conservation

Just like the in-person Deer Steward course, registrants must pass an exam to graduate and continuing education credits from either the Society of American Foresters and/or The Wildlife Society are available; in addition, we’re proud to also announce that Level 1 is now compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Graduates of online Deer Steward will be eligible to take one of the in-person Level 2 courses upon completion.



Once the application has been processed by the NDA, the registrant will receive a unique username and password, as well as instructions on how to log onto the online Deer Steward system.

Active Duty Military in Combat Zones can click here to obtain a registration form to take the course free-of-charge.


$250 Non-NDA Members (includes an NDA membership)
$225 Regular NDA Members
$200 NDA Life Members, Sponsor Members and Corporate Sponsors, Partners and Supporters
FREE for Active Military in Combat Zones

Online fees increase $50 per level with Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) credits. Cost includes instruction and a course certificate.

If you have any questions regarding the online Deer Steward course please contact: