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Southeast Deer Partnership Hunting, habitat and deer for tomorrow

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Operational Guidelines Prepared by officers and members of the 2020 Steering Committee

1. Partnership Description

The Southeast Deer Partnership is comprised of state and federal governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGO) and private sector entities that have vested interests in the future of deer hunting, wildlife management and conservation.

2. Mission Statement

Through collaboration with partners, increase awareness of the role and benefits of deer hunting and hunters throughout the Southeast.

3. Goals

  • Ensure the future of deer hunting and the benefits hunters provide to conservation efforts in the Southeast.
  • Promote effective, science-based management of deer populations and its relevance to habitat quality, at-risk species and socioeconomics.
  • Educate hunters, non-hunters and governmental decision makers throughout the Southeast on the value of deer hunting and hunters.
  • Support R3 (hunter recruitment, retention, reactivation) initiatives in partner states.
  • Increase deer hunter participation in partner states.
  • Increase deer hunter engagement in land management activities that benefit deer and at-risk species.

4. Objective / Scope of Work

  • Complete the Partnership’s first “Project”: “Conservation of At-Risk Species by Deer Hunters in the Southeastern United States-An Innovative Model for Cooperative Conservation” and use project results to achieve Southeast Deer Partnership goals.
  • Phase 1 Results (2022): The Partnership has gathered and analyzed the first-ever comprehensive data set (including compiling previous research along with new, original information) on the breadth of economic, social and conservation benefits of deer hunting in the southern U.S.

Scope of Work

7. Steering Committee & Officers

Larry Williams
State Supervisor of Ecological Services
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1339 20th Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960-3559
(772) 469-4285

Kip Adams, Chairman
Chief Conservation Officer
National Deer Association
170 Whitetail Way
Bogart, GA 30622
(570) 439-5696

Steve Shea, Vice Chairman
SETWS, Deer Committee, Chairman
Shea Wildlife & Environmental Services, Inc.
1600 Marina Bay Drive (Unit 301)
Panama City, FL 32409
(850) 227-8455

Matt Ross
Director of Conservation
National Deer Association
99 Louden Road
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 391-8414

Nick Pinizzotto
President & CEO
National Deer Association
PO Box 1228
Indiana, PA 15701
(833) 255-3337 ext. 1

Keith Gauldin
Wildlife Section Chief
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, Wildlife Section
64 North Union Street, Suite 584
Montgomery, AL 36104
(334) 242-3469

Gabe Jenkins
Acting Director, Information and Education Division
Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources
# 1 Sportsman’s Lane
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 892-4490

Jason Isabelle
Cervid Program Supervisor
Missouri Department of Conservation
3500 East Gans Road
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 815-7901 ext. 2902

Kevyn Wiskirchen
Private Lands Deer Biologist
Missouri Department of Conservation
3500 East Gans Road
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 815-7901 ext. 2899

Cale Godfrey
SEAFWA Wildlife Resources Committee, Liaison
Cervid Working Group
Assistant Chief, Wildlife Resources Division
Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources
7870 Villa Park Drive, P.O. Box 90778
Henrico, VA 23228-0778
(804) 367-1196

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