GMS Announces Sale to NADeFA

GMS® Announces Sale to NADeFA

WACO, Texas — The leader in wildlife management technology, GMS® proudly announces that the North American Deer Farmers Association (NADeFA) has acquired GMS. In the agreement, NADeFA will assume ownership of all GMS physical and intellectual property and will assume leadership on all management and operations of GMS.

The award-winning GMS software ( is the No. 1 deer herd management software in the world, and provides record-keeping solutions for quality game management.

Per the agreement, which was publicly signed at the Deer Breeders Corporation Convention in San Antonio on Aug. 4, 2017, GMS President Mike Owens will remain as operations consultant until the NADEFA Conference in March 2018.

“We’re very pleased to have NADeFA assume ownership of GMS. It’s really a perfect match that will benefit deer farmers across North America and strengthen the industry. NADeFA will lend a tremendous amount of credibility to our products and will ensure that our clients data will never be compromised,” says Mike Owens, president of GMS. “I look forward to helping create a smooth transition. Our current technical support team will remain in place and continue to offer expert support to which our clients are accustomed.”

“Consolidating the No. 1 deer herd management software with the industry strength of NADeFA makes good sense in preserving the current registry system that has been working for over a decade,” says Shawn Schafer, executive director of NADeFA. “GMS will remain independent of the association, but we will be working closely with GMS technical support staff on suggesting or developing new and innovative ways to make the deer farmer’s job more efficient and cost-effective.”

GMS is a two-time winner of the Wildlife Industry Leadership & Development (W.I.L.D.) Awards for Most Innovative Technology. GMS software is considered by most industry experts to be the most user-friendly game management software on the market today. GMS helps hunting operations and land owners manage properties whose focus is on quality deer and game management (including deer farmers/breeders), organize and maintain all of the pertinent information needed to manage a successful ranch. Innovative and comprehensive, the GMS program allows users to begin quality deer management, track all aspects of a hunting property, develop plans to help maximize herd health, quantify herd ratios, compositions and age structures, develop a wildlife management plan, schedule hunts, digitally record information in the field and much more.

Founded in 1983, the North American Deer Farmers Association is dedicated to the promotion of deer farming and ranching as an agricultural pursuit and serves its members through its educational programs and publications and by providing leadership in setting and maintaining quality standards. NADeFA represents the deer farming industry at all levels of government, and works closely with livestock producers and other organizations to promote ethical standards of conduct and husbandry in deer farming and to actively market standards for deer and deer products. NADeFA representatives are also available to media for expert testimony and information about deer farming and animal health issues, such as Chronic Wasting Disease, EHD and other topics.

To learn more about GMS software, call 254.752.1608, email or visit

GMS® offers technology for successful game management and is the No. 1 Game Management Solution in the Deer Industry. For more information on GMS, call 254.752.1608 or visit