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White-tailed Deer Management:
The Basics and Beyond

White tailed deer

August 13 & 14, 2008

Pinebridge Inn
Spruce Pine, NC

Sponsored by

North Carolina State University
University of Tennessee
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Quality Deer Management Association
Western Carolina Quality Deer Management Program
NCSU Forestry and Environmental Outreach Program


Are you interested in growing larger deer? Do you wonder what exactly Quality Deer Management is? Would you like to grow top-quality food plots to attract and hold more deer on your property? If YES, then this workshop is for you. Registrants will receive research-based information via presentations and handouts that should assist them in sorting through the pool of media propaganda on deer. Experts will discuss white-tailed deer biology, habitat management for deer, food plot management for deer, harvest strategies to improve herd health, disease risks to deer, and more.

Workshop Topics

  • Basic white-tailed deer biology
  • NC laws and regulations related to deer
  • Programs to assist landowners with deer management
  • Habitat management for deer
  • Food plot management for deer
  • Disease risks to deer
  • Deer herd management strategies

Who Should Attend?

The workshop will be valuable to landowners, land managers, deer hunters, foresters, wildlife biologists, environmental consultants, environmental educators, and others interested in managing for an improved deer herd. Forest landowners will benefit from learning how they can positively influence the deer herd on their property.

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop is being considered for continuing education credits from the following professional organizations:

  • Society of American Foresters - 10.5 hours category 1-CF (approved May 20, 2008)
  • The Wildlife Society
  • NC Environmental Educators

Please check this web page again in the future to find the number of contact hours these organizations have approved for the workshop.


Craig Harper is an Associate Professor and the Extension Wildlife Specialist in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries at The University of Tennessee. Dr. Harper remains active in research with on-going programs in quality deer management, food plot management, and applied habitat management for various wildlife species.

Brad Howard works for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission as the Supervising Wildlife Biologist on Private Lands in the Mountain Region. He has 13 years of experience as a wildlife biologist with both Virginia and North Carolina's State Wildlife Agencies and has spent much of that time assisting private landowners with deer population and habitat management on their property.

Chris Moorman is an Associate Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist at NC State University.  Chris works with professionals and private landowners interested in the effects of forestry practices on wildlife.  During the past ten years he has conducted several research projects to investigate potential effects of forest management on wildlife.

Jim Phillips is a lifetime native of western North Carolina.  He manages 1,100 acres of family forest lands in the NC DMAP program with very heavy emphasis on timber and wildlife.

Bennie Riddle was born and raised in western North Carolina, but left temporarily when he was 18 to find work.  At 50, he retired and returned to his home town.  He co-founded the Western Carolina Quality Deer Management Program in 2003.

Gabe Karns received his BS degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences at NC State University.  To complete his Master of Science degree, Gabe is studying the movements of mature bucks during the hunting season in conjunction with quality deer management.  Gabe is a native North Carolinian and is an avid hunter and fisherman.

Workshop Location

The workshop will take place at the Pinebridge Inn located at 207 Pinebridge Avenue, Spruce Pine, NC 28777. Lodging is not included in the workshop registration fee. A limited number of guest rooms, with a special rate of $57.25+tax, are reserved for August 12 and 13, 2008. Please request the group name "NCSU Deer Program" in order to get the special rate. Call the Pinebridge Inn at 800-356-5059 to reserve your room to obtain the special room rate. Deadline for guest room reservations at Pinebridge Inn is July 25, 2008. For map and directions to the Pinebridge Inn, click here.

Workshop Schedule

August 13, 2008 - Classroom lectures and discussion

Click on links below for a PDF copy of the presentations that can be shared.
7:30 - 8:30

Registration and Coffee

8:30-9:30 Deer Natural History and NC Wildlife Resource Commission Programs (Howard)
9:30-10:45 Implementing Quality Deer Management (Harper and Hamilton)

Refreshment Break (provided)


Habitat Management for Deer (Moorman)


Lunch (provided)


Deer Diseases (Howard)


Movements of Mature Bucks During Hunting Season (Karns)


Refreshment Break (provided)


Managing Food Plots for Deer (Harper)


A Local Perspective (Phillips and Riddle)

6:00 p.m.

Bar-B-Q Supper and Panel Discussion

August 14, 2008 - Field tour day
7:30 - 8:00
Check-in and bus loading
8:00 - noon
Field trip on food plot management, woodland management, and herd assessment and habitat use. (Box lunch provided)

Registration and Fees

Pre-registration is required and lodging is not included. Space in this workshop is limited, so early registration is encouraged. The registration fee is $125 per person which includes all educational materials, refreshments, lunch, and dinner on August 13, and the August 14 field trip and box lunch. Registration for this workshop is being taken by phone through August 11, 2008. Call 919-515-9563 to register with Mastercard or Visa. Cancellations made on or before by August 6 will receive a refund less a $35 service charge. Refunds are not available after August 6, so planning for a substitute participant is suggested.

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