The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Conservation Management Institute at Virginia Tech invite you to attend the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Southeast Deer Study Group on February 22-24, 2009 at the historic Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia. Roanoke is located in southwest Virginia in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Virginia is home to the prototype for white-tailed deer, the Virginia white-tailed deer!
Just over 31 year ago, in September 1977, 156 intrepid deer biologists, researchers, and managers came together at Fort Pickett, Virginia for the first Southeast Deer Study Group Meeting, held jointly with the Northeast Deer Technical Committee. Old timers still smile when they tell their "I was there" war stories about staying in the army barracks with no heat, hot water, towels, and linens! We look forward to acknowledging all those Fort Pickett meeting survivors in Roanoke. From that unassuming beginning, the Southeast Deer Study Group Meeting has grown into one of the premier annual professional wildlife meetings in the Southeast.
The theme for this year's meeting is: "Herds Without Hunters: The Future of Deer Management?". There have been many megatrends in deer management across the Southeast over the past century (e.g., stocking and restoration efforts, early buck-only deer seasons, liberalization of either-sex deer hunting, emphasis on habitat management, leasing of hunting rights, quality deer management), but none will likely have more future management impact than declining deer hunter numbers and increasing limitations on hunter access in some areas (e.g., urban, exurban, posted property).
Please visit these sites for more information on this year's hosting organizations: