Southeast Trophy Deer Association


  • 28 Mar 2024 1:52 PM | Anonymous

    NADR is excited to roll out the all-new GMS Web App. This new GMS product offers the deer breeder/farmer the latest in technology and data capturing from the NADR database. GMS clients will be able to access their data via any platform, using any device. The following features are just a few of the many tools included in GMS! 

    Herd Inventory - Track all aspects of the herd, including tags, names, state id, birth weight, sires, dams, etc. Display unlimited pictures of each animal. Record medications for each animal.

    DNA Submittal & Retrieval - A few clicks, and the paperwork is ready to go via online submittal. When the specimen has been processed, retrieve the lineage and DNA information back into GMS.

    GEBV/Codons - Receive and store GEBV score and Codon values from NADR for each animal. 

    Lineage/Pedigree -The fully interactive lineage screen displays lineage and pictures for each animal. Optionally, you can display the GEBV score. 

    Doe Line - Customizable field for each animal to record anchor doe detail to display on reports or grouping. 

    Pen and Group Management - Create and assign as many pens or groups as desired. Pen and group detail included in inventory reports allows for sorting and reviewing animals by pen or group.

    Designed for All Species - NADR has spent countless hours with people in the industry to develop a program that will work for all Cervid species as well as Exotics.

    More to Come! – We will be rolling out more features in the coming year such as Dream Deer, Animal Transfers, Customizable Reporting, Email Notification of updates.

    It will be easy to sign up and transfer your data. 

    An email and link will be sent to view a demo of the GMS Web App and discuss your data.

    For existing customers, we will provide instructions for locating and uploading the GMS database backup file.

    NADR staff will then do all the work to get you up and running.

  • 7 Dec 2023 12:49 PM | Samantha Uchytil (Administrator)

    CWD Detected in a “Biosecure” Research Facility of Texas Parks & Wildlife. This area was double-fenced and a CWD test positive deer still appeared! Maybe now there will be more acceptance of a spontaneous nature to this disease! It has been recognized in other TSEs! 

    Perhaps it is time that State and Federal Agencies stop attempting to treat CWD as if it were a bacteria or virus and understand that prions have been with us for hundreds of years. We have and will continue to live with them.  Since the appearance of CWD the whitetail deer population has only continued to increase and efforts to stop the spread and control the disease have failed. Texas and other State and Federal Agencies have been killing more deer than CWD.  In my opinion this needs to STOP.  Double or triple fencing does not keep birds or other flying insects from bringing the prion into our pens.

    - Dr Bill Leffler

    Vice President, SETDA

    News Release  

    Media Contact: TPWD Press Office,, 512-389-8030 Dec. 1, 2023

    Chronic Wasting Disease Detected

    Management Area

    at Wildlife

    AUSTIN — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) biologists have reported a suspect-positve case of Chronic Wastng Disease (CWD) in a 14-month-old captve male white-tailed deer at the Kerr Wildlife Management Area (WMA) research facility. The detection resulted from ante-mortem testng conducted on all captive white-tailed deer as part of ongoing research. Samples from the buck were sent to the National Veterinary Service Laboratory in Iowa for confirmation.

    Out of an abundance of caution, TPWD staff euthanized all deer in the research facility and collected post-mortem samples, which resulted in no additional detections. TPWD will continue monitoring for CWD throughout the research facility and the WMA.

    “TPWD staff are disappointed to abruptly end nearly 50 years of white-tailed deer research that has significantly influenced deer management in Texas and across the country” said John Silovsky, Wildlife Division Director. “Staff will continue to investigate opportunities to enhance the understanding of this insidious disease in both captive environments and free-ranging populations.”

    Built in 1974, the high-fenced research facility offers researchers facilities to study white-tailed deer in a controlled setting. The 23-acre facility now is double high fenced and consists of breeding and rearing enclosures, and a series of other structures that facilitate the safe handling of research animals.

    The initial stock of deer in the research facility consisted of native Texas whitetails obtained from various locations throughout the state. TPWD did not routinely move deer into or out of the facility after that initial stocking.

    The research herd has been maintained as a pedigreed herd investigating nutritional, age and genetic relationships in deer. 

    Research programs in the facility have supported wild deer herd management activities, outreach programs, trainings and the development of antler regulations across the state.

    The Kerr WMA has conducted CWD surveillance of its wild and captive deer herds since 2002. Surveillance efforts within the research facility totaled 242 regulatory tests since 2018. Wild deer harvested on the WMA through the public hunting program and field research since 2018 have provided an additional 259 regulatory tests with no detections.

    TPWD has intensified its investigations within the facility for the presence of CWD prions since May 8, when the agency received conflicting results —from a presumptive positive RT-QuIC amplification test

    Kerr Captive Deer Research Facility

    and not-detected regulatory tests— on a female deer euthanized in

    January of this year. Assessments within the facility this summer included surveillance with swabs of equipment, water and feed sites paired with targeted euthanasia and tissue testing. Subsequent amplification and regulatory tests confirmed not-detected results on the 66 deer postmortem tested, as part of the investigation. Remaining individuals in the facility were screened with ante-mortem tonsil and rectal biopsies in October resulting in the positive detection from a tonsil biopsy on the 14-month-old male.

    CWD is a fatal neurological disease found in certain cervids including deer, elk, moose and other members of the deer family. This slow, progressive disease may not produce visible signs in susceptible species for several years after infection. As the disease process continues, animals with CWD may show changes in behavior and appearance. Clinical signs may include progressive weight loss, stumbling or tremors with a lack of coordination, loss of appetite, teeth grinding, abnormal head posture and/or drooping ears, and excessive thirst, salivation or urination.

    CWD has an incubation period that can span years, so the first indication of the disease in a herd is often found through surveillance testing rather than observed clinical signs. Early detection and proactive monitoring improve the state’s response time to the detection of CWD and can greatly reduce the risk of further disease spread.

    In Texas, the disease was first discovered in 2012 in free-ranging mule deer along a remote area of the Hueco Mountains near the Texas-New Mexico border. CWD has since been detected in Texas captive and free-ranging cervids, including white-tailed deer, mule deer, red deer and elk.

    For more information on previous detections in Texas and CWD best management practices for hunters

     and landowners, visit TPWD's CWD page. For more information about the Kerr WMA and research projects visit Kerr WMA web page.

  • 3 Oct 2023 9:25 AM | Anonymous

    As the deer industry evolves, the North American Deer Registry (NADR) is evolving right along with it. What began in 2007 as a cooperative effort between the Texas Deer Association (TDA) and the North American Deer Farmers Association (NADeFA) for the purpose of validating the industry by providing pedigree verification, NADR continues to utilize technology to move the industry forward.

    Combining GMS along with NADR’s recent technology upgrades, including NADR Online and NADR Interactive, will allow breeders to utilize technology to create a more efficient process from sample submission to receipt of results. NADR will assemble a team of power users and technology veterans to work over the next 6 months to create a web based mobile friendly application that all breeders can benefit from.

    GMS subscribers should continue to use the current GMS platform until the transition is made in the Spring of 2024. We are excited about this new feature and will have updates as we get closer to the rollout. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to call the NADR Office.


    Gary Cook

    Executive Director, 

    North American Deer Registry

  • 9 Aug 2023 8:07 PM | Samantha Uchytil (Administrator)


    Vice President's Message

    Summer in Florida is known for hot rainy days, bugs, family vacations and tourists.  However, to deer farmers it is probably the most exciting time of the year with the fawning season and watching our bucks grow those big beautiful racks.

    I can't help you with the heat, rain, or tourists, but you will find a brief article in this issue of Southeast Tines about bug control which you may find beneficial.

    I truly hope that everyone has had an exciting and fun fawning season with little stress or sadness.  As summer comes to an end, so does the growth of antlers. The rewards of food supplements have helped our bucks to reach their maximum potential and are also vital for our lactating does.

     We as deer farmers often know what to expect , but should the unexpected occur, remember that your Board and I are always here to help. 

    With that said, the "unwanted and unexpected" has finally arrived in Florida, CWD.  It was discovered in Holmes county early this year in a 4.5 year old wild (non-captive) deer.  Your Board and I have been working with USDA and FWC, to make sure they are aware of our concerns as  captive deer farmers and preserve owners.  We have also been working hard to keep you and our members informed, on our new Website and Facebook page, about the latest information as it develops.

    At this year's SETDA Summer Picnic, there will be members from USDA and FWC to discuss CWD.  There will be brief presentations and updates from UF CHeRI, as well as education concerning the  nutritional needs of whitetail deer at various stages in their life.  For the first time,  SETDA will have a dart gun competition.  Ladies and gentlemen, if you want the braggin rights..... put your money where your mouth is!  May the best shot win.  As always there will be great food and fellowship, a gun raffle, discount vouchers for deer feed and dart guns, and if time permits a roundtable Q&A to your Board about the Business of Deer Farming and Hunting Preserves.

    SETDA now has accounts at both Champion Genetics and Great Lakes Sire Semen storage for all semen donations.  Your Board and I, want to thank all sponsors, donors, consignors, advertisers, booth sales, and our family of deer farmers and preserve owners for making the SETDA Spring Fling a success.  Before you know it we will be reaching out once again for your continued support.

    Your Board of Directors and I, want to remind everyone that all memberships are on a calendar year basis, January 1 thru December 31.  It has also come to our attention that FWC is way behind in approving GFL and HP/BHP licenses,  so go  online and renew earlier than you ever have in the past.  Please check out our "new" website.  We have been working hard to make it much more user friendly.  You can also find us on Facebook.  We want to make it as easy as possible for you to be able to communicate with your Board about any issues or concerns.  We are here to HELP AND SERVE YOU.

    We can accomplish great things, like our Student Scholarship program, with your active support and  participation.  To quote a friend of mine, "Step Up and Get You Some".

    Stay Safe, Well, and "Florida Strong"

    God Bless

    Dr. William "Bill" Leffler, Jr

  • 14 Jul 2023 3:23 PM | Anonymous
    My takeaway is as follows: 

    1.  2017 FWC CWD Plan at this time is still what is happening

    2.  CWD Zone is as defined on 6/19/23

    3.  No baiting ( feeders or mineral licks) within the CWD zone, but OK outside of it at this time

    4.  Can bait hog traps so long as deer can not get to the feed

    5.  Food plots and ag crops are permitted within the CWD zone

    6.  NO transportation of any live deer into or removed from the CWD zone

    7.  Depredation/Harvest Goal within the CWD zone this year may be as high as 600 deer

    8.  All animals harvested including road killed deer are to be tested within the CWD zone 

         at no cost to the hunter or individual.  Test sites to be established and the public informed.

    9.  Harvest/ Bag restrictions, including antlerless deer permits and antler restrictions, will be             changing prior to this hunting season in order to help meet the Harvest Goal. 

    10. Any captive deer that die within the CWD zone are to be tested as well.

    Please let me know if there is anything vital that is missing.  I believe that we should get this info to the public via our website asap.  It would also probably be helpful to include the link so that others could watch the meeting themselves.

    Thanks everyone.

    Dr Bill Leffler

    Click here to go to Video

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