The Southeast Deer Study Group meets annually for researchers and managers to share the latest information on the most important wildlife species in North America. These meetings provide an important forum for the sharing of research results, management strategies, and discussions that can facilitate the timely identification of, and solutions to, problems relative to the management of white-tailed deer.
The Southeast Deer Study Group annual meeting is hosted with the support of the directors of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the states of Delaware, Maryland, Missouri, and Texas. The first meeting was held as a joint Northeast-Southeast Meeting in Virginia in 1977. Appreciating the economic, aesthetic, and biological value of the white-tailed deer in the southeastern United States, the desirability of conducting an annual Southeast Deer Study Group Meeting was recognized and urged by the participants. Since February 1979, these meetings have been held annually for the purpose of bringing together managers, researchers, administrators, and users of this vitally important renewable natural resource. A searchable list of all presentation abstracts from 1977-present is available on this site, as well as a list of the meetings, their locations, and themes.
The Southeast Deer Study Group was formed as a subcommittee of the Forest Game Committee of the Southeastern Section of The Wildlife Society. The Deer Subcommittee was given full committee status in November 1985 at the Southeastern Section of The Wildlife Society's annual business meeting. States participating regularly in the Southeast Deer Study Group include Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.