National Deer Association to Host 2021 Southeast Deer Study Group Meeting Virtually

For the past 41 years, nothing stopped the largest, longest-running annual gathering of deer researchers in the nation, the Southeast Deer Study Group (SEDSG) meeting, until COVID-19. But the National Deer Association (NDA) is stepping up to ensure this important event stays alive in 2021 by hosting it as a virtual conference.

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, and wanting to avoid a lost year, we committed to help in any way we could. Planning is ongoing, but these are the important dates and information to know now.

February 23-24, 2021

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Abstract Submissions

Deer researchers, students and managers wishing to give a presentation or poster at this meeting are welcome to submit for consideration. You can download the guidelines for abstract submissions at this link.

Deadline for Abstract Submission: Wednesday, December 9.

Notification of Acceptance/Denial: December 21, 2020

Deadline for Submission of Poster Materials: February 8, 2021

Submit an Abstract


User Experience – Why Attend SEDSG’s Virtual Annual Meeting?

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!



Registration Opens: December 15, 2020

Registration Cost:

  • $150 standard registration if registered by January 15, 2021
  • $175 standard registration after January 15, 2021
  • $75 for students

Registration Deadline Guaranteed to Receive Printed Proceedings Prior to Conference: January 15, 2021


About the SEDSG Meeting

What is the Southeast Deer Study Group meeting: 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. NDA has been a member of the planning committee for the SEDSG for some time, and both our founder (2000) and the organization itself (2011) were recognized with the Deer Management Career Achievement award for our contributions.

Past Conference Information:

Conference Sponsorships: To sponsor and support the 2021 SEDSG, contact Hank Forester.

Download Sponsor & Virtual Exhibitor Information

Register as a 2021 SEDSG Meeting Sponsor

More Information: For questions not answered above, contact Matt Ross (518) 391-8414.