Southeast Trophy Deer Association


  • 3 Oct 2023 9:25 AM | Kathy Giesen (Administrator)

    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

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