Survey Response Sets the Tone for 2018

January 2, 2018 | by Nick Pinizzotto

Simply amazing! I can’t think of a better way to describe the response from you, our newsletter subscribers, to our last question in 2017, which requested survey ideas for the coming year. As stated above in the summary, we received almost 350 responses, and within those responses, several suggested multiple questions. I expected to receive somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 questions, so needless to say your effort to help shape our surveys for 2018 was not only appreciated, it gave me a boost of energy and enthusiasm to get the year started right.

I have personally read every single response submitted, and while I can’t promise that we’ll use all of the question ideas, I feel confident that we will use most of them. At times we run into challenges with coming up with new ideas, especially after having done this for more than two years. Just when we thought maybe we had asked about everything, you showed us that we still have an awful lot of ground to cover.

Some submitted ideas for questions that we have already asked, which is not surprising as not everyone has been receiving the newsletter since we started. I would encourage you to go to our website and check out our Member Polls page where the results from previous surveys are kept. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, send us an email and we will track it down if we have it. Some also suggested that we revisit earlier questions to see how responses could have differed. While you may not have noticed, we do that from time to time and then report those results in the On Watch newsletter.

Finally, some of you asked specific questions about NDA, or other things that require a direct response related to deer policy, management, and other related issues. I encourage you to email me directly at [email protected] if you have these types of questions, and I will be happy to respond to you. Our survey program does not provide the names of those who respond, and our communication will be more effective if I know who I am talking with, and where you are from.

We have a big year ahead of us at NDA, which we just outlined at the annual meeting of our Board of Directors last month. Our five focus areas, wild deer conservation, diseases, state and federal land management, hunter access, and predators and competitors remain unchanged. However, there is no doubt we will spend the bulk of our time on diseases, specifically CWD, and hunter access. We believe that these are currently the two biggest threats to deer and hunting, and they deserve the extra attention.

We are also coming toward the end of our three year strategic plan, and will be starting a new planning process early this year. Everything we have done to this point will be evaluated, with a blueprint for the next three years being developed to guide our work. We are looking forward to continuing to grow our organization and its effectiveness in 2018, for deer, and for hunters.

Happy New Year!