Thursday, December 17, 2020

Register Now for Virtual Southeast Deer Study Group Meeting

ATHENS, GA (December 17, 2020) - Registration is now open for the Southeast Deer Study Group (SEDSG) meeting, the longest-running annual gathering of deer researchers in the nation, which is being held as a virtual conference February 23-24, 2021. Visit to register.

Companies interested in sponsoring the conference can visit the same link for more information.

“The SEDSG meeting is the place deer scientists present their findings every year and where deer enthusiasts get a firsthand look at the latest in deer research,” said Matt Ross, NDA Director of Conservation. “Topics always vary from population impacts and the theoretical, to applied knowledge at the property-level that an individual landowner can use. And now that the conference is virtual, it will be much more accessible. We encourage any person interested in deer or science to attend.”

For the past 41 years, nothing stopped this annual gathering of deer researchers until COVID-19. But the National Deer Association (NDA) stepped up to ensure this important event stays alive in 2021 by hosting it as a virtual conference. SEDSG is the largest annual gathering of whitetail researchers in the nation, where scientists, college professors and students, state agency wildlife biologists and other deer managers gather to share recent research and discuss important issues.

This year’s conference experience is designed, like other SEDSG conferences, to include plenary and technical sessions, posters, sponsors, networking opportunities and an awards ceremony. However, the virtual platform provides integrated mobile and desktop apps and offers the following to participants:

  • Dynamic personalized schedule
  • Livestream presentations with Q&A
  • Virtual posters/Sponsor booths and opportunities for visits and conversation with both
  • Networking through text chat & video meetups, both scheduled and impromptu
  • Presentation recordings after the event so you can access the sessions you missed
  • Cost Savings: No travel, hotel, or restaurant expenses

Traditionally, SEDSG is hosted by a different state wildlife agency each year in rotation throughout the 17 member states. When it appeared the February 2021 meeting would be postponed for a full year, NDA volunteered to fill in for the state wildlife agency that was next in line by hosting a virtual conference, knowing the importance of this meeting to deer research, scientific discussion and deer conservation.

To learn more about the 2021 conference:

About the Southeast Deer Study Group

SEDSG was formed as a subcommittee of the Forest Game Committee of the Southeastern Section of The Wildlife Society. Since 1979, these meetings have been held in-person annually for the purpose of bringing together managers, researchers, administrators, and users of this vitally important renewable natural resource to share recent research and discuss important issues.

Media Contact: Matt Ross, Director of Conservation,

About the National Deer Association

Formally launched on November 10, 2020, the National Deer Association is a non-profit deer conservation group that leads efforts to ensure the future of wild deer, wildlife habitat and hunting. Formed by combining the strengths of two long-serving, successful organizations, the National Deer Association has a combined 38 years of action that has changed deer management for the betterment of hunting and protected North America’s most vital and admired game species for future generations.