CLIENT PROPERTY OWNER FAQs

Yes – UDC’s Deer Management Services are free – no strings attached, no hidden or third-party costs, and no charges.

No – UDC is fully licensed and possesses liability insurance that protects all our client property owners as well as our organization. Additionally, we provide a client indemnification form that is signed by both our organization and the property owner which fully indemnifies (i.e. protects by holding harmless) the property owner from any liability. Finally, in the vast majority of the states we operate in, state law and corresponding legal precedent firmly supports the individual property owner.

The short answer to this question is “No” – there is no minimum property size required by UDC to obtain our services, though in some instances there may be certain restrictions imposed by your state or county of jurisdiction. Our operators have successfully managed properties that have ranged from smaller than three acres to over 10,000 acres in size. If you’re unsure as to whether your state or local county has imposed any limiting restrictions, contact us and we’ll work to help get you clarifying answers about your property’s eligibility.
From our experience, we have found that in cases where a smaller property is experiencing deer damage or other problems related to an overpopulated deer herd, it is a virtual certainty that the surrounding properties bordering it are also experiencing the very same issues. Oftentimes when this occurs, the respective property owners will collectively agree to request our services and in these instances, we work with them to establish what we call a “habitat cooperative” between them which enables us to provide deer management services to all their properties as a single unit. Regardless of your property’s size or the surrounding circumstances of bordering neighbors, we evaluate each individual property on a case-by-case basis.

No – UDC provides deer management services to both property owners who want to protect their property from the threat or risk of deer damage as well as property owners who whose objectives are focused on the restoration and recovery of their property’s habitat after deer damage has begun to occur. In most cases, property owners are usually unaware that their property is even at risk of being damaged until the damage has already begun to occur or become plainly evident. This is just one of the reasons why we encourage property owners to be proactive and to contact us if they believe their property is at risk of being damaged rather than waiting for damage to occur or become evident.

Bowhunting has proven to be one of the world’s safest sports. How safe? According to the National Safety Council statistics, archery is more than three times safer than golf. In fact, to date, UDC has never had a single safety incident. In addition to its being the most effective method for controlling overpopulated deer herds in urban and suburban environments, bowhunting has proven to be very safe for a variety of reasons. Unlike conventional firearms which enable the user to shoot at targets from great distances, bowhunting is a close-range sport – the vast majority of shots are made at a distance of 20 yards or less. These short distances easily allow archers to positively identify their intended target.
Additionally, UDC members are required to hunt from an elevated position using a removable platform such as a tree stand that is placed at least 12 feet or higher off the ground. This ensures our operators engage their target from above and so are always shooting downward towards their intended target which in turn allows the ground to be used as a safe and reliable backstop. This downward trajectory of the arrow eliminates the risk of an errant arrow continuing to travel more than a few feet beyond the intended target.
UDC also requires our operators to utilize certain safety equipment such as a lifeline harness system and full-body safety harness any time their feet leave the ground while on a client property. Our operators wear this equipment to protect themselves against injury in the event of a fall.

 

What happens when a deer is harvested on my property?
UDC operators are experienced in the art of stealth and utilize discreet operating procedures when providing deer management on client properties. Animals harvested by our operators are field dressed in the woods out of sight and away from areas frequented by other people, such as trails. The harvested animal is then fully covered up and transported from the area it was harvested to the operator’s vehicle where it is then removed from the property. This ensures the harvested animal remains completely out of sight in the off chance that another bystander is in the area.

The short answer is – not often. UDC closely monitors and documents all shot instances and recorded harvests by our operators. More than just a part of our safe operating procedures, this practice allows us to record operator success rates as well as other valuable data. To date, UDC operators have recovered over 96% of all arrowed deer, equating to a wounding rate of less than 4% – far below the national average of roughly 18% recorded by wildlife biologists and zoologists in documented studies. This high success rate is likely attributable to a number of factors including the mandated maximum shooting distances we set as well as the skill and proficiency of our operators who must pass the toughest shooting proficiency test currently known as part of our screening process.
Highest qualification standards in the nation.

Yes – Property Owners who would like to receive venison from animals harvested on their property need only to notify the designated UDC operator(s) servicing their property who will be more than glad to share a portion of the venison harvested off the property, and usually offer the Property Owner the first choice of cuts (steak, tenderloin, roasts, etc.).

Unfortunately, because deer are wild, free-roaming animals, the issues related to overpopulated deer herds are not ones that can be permanently solved, but rather, must be managed. In an ideal natural setting, deer share their native environment with their natural predators (black bear, wolves, cougars, coyotes, etc.), who prey on the deer and so help to keep their population levels balanced and in check. But in areas impacted by urban sprawl and the continued expansion of suburbs, those same natural predator species all but vanish, as they are incapable of withstanding the loss of environmental habitat coupled with increase of human presence. The deer however, as one of nature’s most adaptable animals, do not. Instead, quickly adapt to the changing environment and so remain but with no natural predators left to counterbalance their growing population. Because deer local populations are capable of doubling about every 2-3 years, it is usually not long before the deer become dangerously overpopulated and begin to cause increasing harm to the surrounding environment, wildlife, people, and sadly even, the deer themselves. The use of controlled, regulated hunting – undertaken by screened, certified, and experienced operators is without question, the most proven, effective management tool available to address overpopulated deer herds. By utilizing responsible, elite hunters, property owners, communities, and governments can better manage, mitigate, and reduce the problems and issues resulting from out of control deer herds.

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APPLICANT & MEMBER FAQs

There are many benefits to becoming a UDC member, a few of which we have summarized below.

 

Opportunity to Do Something You’re Passionate About. UDC members are given the opportunity to take to the field in pursuit of something they’re passionate about – bowhunting and the outdoors, while playing a critical conservation role in service to their local communities.

 

Access to Prime Hunting Property. UDC members are given access to hunt on properties that are dealing with overpopulated deer herds that need to be significantly reduced – putting them in prime position to harvest deer on a regular basis.

 

Access to Properties with Minimal to No Hunting Pressure. Because we severely limit the number of bowhunters assigned to a property, our members not only have access to productive hunting grounds, but exclusive (only one member assigned to a property) or near exclusive (only a few members assigned to a property) access. This ensures a low level of hunting pressure which in turn helps boost success rates and in turn, better enables us to provide effective deer management.

 

Ability to Hunt Often or At-Will. Once assigned to a property, UDC members can hunt at will or as frequently as they wish barring any special requests from the property owner, hunting season limits, or in a rare event, a scheduling conflict (if you are assigned to a property with another member).

 

Liability Insurance Coverage. UDC provides all of its members with liability insurance coverage that protects them in the event of injury or accident.

 

Discounts on Hunting and Outdoor Gear. UDC members get year-around access to special discounts and savings on hunting and outdoor gear from some of the most recognizable brands and leading suppliers.

 

Personal, Private Hunting Log. UDC members are given access to their own private hunter’s log which allows them to enter and analyze hunt data right from the field to better identify trends, pick up on patterns, and glean real insight from their time on stand so they can plan and hunt more effectively.

 

Discounts on Game Processing Services. UDC members enjoy discounts on game processing services from professional processors.

 

Contribute to Fight Against Hunger. UDC members have the opportunity to actively contribute to the fight against hunger through venison donations. Each year we set donation goals and winner prizes that our operators work to meet. Venison harvested and donated by our operators is professionally processed and then distributed to those who suffer from hunger in our local communities.

 

Meet and Learn from Fellow Bowhunters. UDC members gain the opportunity to meet, network with, share their own knowledge, and learn from fellow bowhunters – including those in their area. Our member community offers a wellspring of knowledge and experience from a close-knit group of operators who share a common passion for bowhunting and drive to continuously improve as hunters.

The only costs associated with becoming a member is the Application Processing Fee and annual Membership Fee. Applicants are required to pay a non-refundable Application Processing Fee ($50) within ten (10) business days after submitting their Membership Application. Candidates who are offered membership pay an annual Membership Fee ($200) upon accepting the invitation for membership.

Members are assigned to properties by the County Coordinator(s) responsible for coordinating deer management activities within that member’s UDC operating zone. There are multiple factors that go into coordinating and determining which members are assigned to which properties. In general, we try to assign members to properties that are closer in proximity to their home or place of work in order to better facilitate their access. All members are assigned to at least one property to hunt, and in most cases, multiple properties. County Coordinators are tasked with ensuring successful deer management operations to the satisfaction our clients and so determine coordination needs and assignments based first on these objectives.

Yes, UDC members are required to fully comply with all state and local laws including possessing all necessary licenses and permits. If you’re uncertain about what licenses or permits are required by your state or local jurisdiction, you should contact your state’s department of natural resources or the wildlife department responsible for managing hunting and fishing in your state in order to obtain this information.

Unfortunately, no. While there are many highly skilled and competent archers who utilize a traditional (longbow) or recurve bow to harvest game, the vast majority of individuals who utilize this equipment are unable to meet UDC’s standards for archer proficiency and accuracy on a consistent basis. Put simply, the technological advancements in today’s modern archery equipment (compound bow or crossbow) have dramatically increased shooting simplicity and accuracy. Because both rely less on physical strength, they allow for more accuracy and power from a greater distance. Additionally, multiple studies have shown that the wounding rate of deer by archers using traditional archery equipment is much higher than those utilizing modern archery equipment.

Yes, UDC members are required to hunt from an elevated position. They do this by using a temporary, removable platform such as a tree stand that is placed at least 12 feet off the ground. This requirement is an important part of UDC’s safe operating procedures. Hunting from an elevated position ensures our operators are always shooting downward towards their intended target which allows the ground to be used as a safe and reliable backstop. This downward trajectory of the arrow eliminates the risk of an errant arrow continuing to travel more than a few feet beyond the intended target.

Yes, members are required to retake and pass the archer proficiency test annually, and we expect all members to practice and maintain their skills as an archer throughout the year. UDC is committed to putting only the most skilled, elite group of archers in the field and this commitment is reflected by the high qualification standards we set, including the archer proficiency test, which allows us to evaluate and verify a person’s skill and shooting accuracy as an archer.

Yes, hunter education is currently required in all 50 states and in some states a separate bowhunter education course is also required. UDC supports the International Bowhunter Education Program (IBEP), a course which was developed by the National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF), which promotes responsible bowhunting through education.

The IBEP course is easy to sign up and register for and frequently given in each state. You can often find the next upcoming courses simply by performing a “Google search” with the words “International Bowhunter Education Program (IBEP)” and the name of your state. If you need additional help finding and registering for an IBEP course, feel free to contact us or your state’s department of natural resources or the wildlife department responsible for managing hunting and fishing in your state.