Southern Mecosta Whitetail Management Association

Mission Statement



Quality Deer Management (QDM) is a management philosophy and practice that unites landowners and hunters in a common goal
of producing biologically and socially balanced deer herds within existing environmental, social, and legal constraints.
This approach typically involves the protection of young bucks (yearlings and some 2.5 year-olds) combined with an adequate harvest of female deer
to maintain a healthy population in balance with existing habitat conditions and landowner desires.
This level of deer management involves the production of quality deer (bucks, does, and fawns), quality habitat,
quality hunting experiences, and, most importantly, quality hunters. SMWMA promotes Quality Deer Management.
The concept of allowing smaller bucks to grow and mature in the southern Mecosta counties.
We also work with the local DNR to protect our valuable resource of Whitetail deer.

Our goal is to include as many hunted acres of privately owned land to be designated as "Southern Mecosta Whitetail Management" properties.