Q. Will the NDA focus on the demands of it members or sound biology?
A. Member input will be critical to the NDA's success, and we will use it to guide positions whenever possible. That said, sound science is a cornerstone of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, a model that has made us the envy of the world with regard to wildlife management, conservation, and hunting. The best policy is often good both for the deer and for deer hunters, who pay the freight. The NDA will seek to balance member opinion with science, but where reliable research and data exists, we will ultimately land on the side of science. Many issues, however, are not questions of science but rather of ethics, opinion, or cultural differences. In the absence of science, NDA will be guided primarily by member opinion.