What is the NDA?
Though conceived at the QDMA conference, the NDA is not, as some hunters fear, the same group in a different suit of camo. Whereas the 60,000-member QDMA focuses on individual private-land management and has proved divisive (deservedly or not), the NDA hopes to influence policy on a much broader scale through consensus. "Our focus will be to unite hunters behind common causes, such as improving habitat and battling diseases," Dougherty says. "We want to frame a conversation that reduces discord and works toward sensible solutions, so that when local antihunters circulate a petition to stop a special archery season or a farm bureau pushes too hard for herd reductions, deer hunters can stand together with a single, forceful voice."