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#3599759 - 02/25/14 07:07 PM Re: QDMA Whitetail Summit to Address Declining Herds [Re: Doskil]
TWRA Biologist
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Registered: 05/14/04
Posts: 6642
Loc: Nashville

Bryan - do you or anyone else have a list of the abstracts that were presented at the SEDSG meeting? I saw this posted in another's thread:

Unfortunately I've become quite disenchanted in the world of deer lately because the research seems to have shifted from deer biology and behavior to more of a show of product endorsement. We're actually beginning to see submissions to peer reviewed journals about the best ways to calculate Boone and Crockett scores. I'm still trying to figure out that benefits wildlife management?
If given the choice between education and regulation, I'll choose education every time.

#3599797 - 02/25/14 07:30 PM Re: QDMA Whitetail Summit to Address Declining Herds [Re: BigGameGuy]
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Registered: 08/15/07
Posts: 4102
Loc: Hardin, Co.

Here you go BGG.
" Some localities are willing to work for their sport, and have plenty. Others are willing merely to take what comes easy, and have little or none." - Aldo Leopold

#3600731 - 02/26/14 02:27 PM Re: QDMA Whitetail Summit to Address Declining Herds [Re: 8 POINTS OR BETTER]
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Registered: 03/11/99
Posts: 65979
Loc: Nashville, TN


And now you know why I haven't attended the SEDSG meeting in the last couple of years. Although a few great papers have been presented, most were less than stellar.
"Know where you stand, and stand there" --Jesuit Father Daniel Berrigan

"There is no reasoning someone out of a position he has not reasoned himself into." --Clive James

#3621620 - 03/20/14 01:54 PM Re: QDMA Whitetail Summit to Address Declining Herds [Re: BSK]
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Registered: 04/06/07
Posts: 6349
Loc: Nashville, TN

Pope and Young Club Supports, Attends the First North American Whitetail Deer Summit

Through a grant from the Pope and Young Club's Conservation Program, the Club was a co-sponsor of the recently held North American Whitetail Deer Summit. The event was coordinated and hosted by the Quality Deer Management Association at Bass Pro's Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri, March 3-6, 2014. Attending the Summit representing the Pope and Young Club, were Mike Kistler (P&Y Records Chairman), Mike Schlegel (P&Y Conservation Chairman) and Kevin Hisey (P&Y Executive Secretary).

QDMA convened this first-of-its-kind Whitetail Summit and invited leaders and stakeholders from the entire whitetail community, including deer hunters, state and federal agencies, conservation/hunting organizations, the hunting industry, media, universities and landowners. The goal of the summit was to identify key challenges to the future of whitetail deer and whitetail deer hunting, and to begin addressing them with cooperative action, within the context of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.

The Summit included two and a half days of interactive general and breakout sessions, lunch and evening presentations, and an official press conference at the conclusion. Presentations focused on a variety of issues ranging from historical perspective, the importance of whitetails and whitetail hunting to our culture, game management strategies, diseases, the game farming industry, to urban deer management and political influences.

"Whitetail numbers are down throughout much of their range due to many factors including EHD, predators, and even over-harvest," said QDMA CEO and wildlife biologist Brian Murphy. "In some areas, herds are below what the habitat can support and what provides a quality hunting experience. This is a serious issue with significant long-term implications for the future of deer hunting."

"Whitetail deer are the most hunted and economicaly important big game species in North America and the backbone of the North America's bowhunting culture. Whitetails are pursued by more bowhunters than any other species, although the hunting pursuit of whitetail deer is at a crossroads. Many decades of increasing populations and expanding range has recently transitioned into changing societal attitudes towards deer and changing game management practices," said Executive Secretary of the Pope and Young Club, Kevin Hisey. "Current issues impacting the 'state' of whitetail deer, and our hunting heritage, include evolving management strategies, over-population in some areas of the country, dramatically reduced deer densities in other areas, impacts of extreme weather, diseases, predation, an increasing game farming/breeding industry, genetic manipulation and outside political influences. Overriding these topics are issues of hunter access, hunter recruitment and retention, and protecting the core foundations, ethics and traditions of our hunting culture. We are pleased to be involved with QDMA and others in addressing these issues. The Summit resulted in excellent discussions and realistic action items. We look forward to being engaged in the outcomes and work to come."
It is not the killing ...; it is the contest of skill and cunning. The true hunter counts his achievement in proportion to the effort involved and the fairness of the sport.

Dr. Saxton Pope

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