​​CASNR Students Dominate the Annual Competition

UT Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Students Win 2015 Conclave

The 2015 Southeastern Conclave Championship team from the University of Tennessee College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Back row (from left to right) - Cody Young, Luke Hoehn, Jordan Nanney, Joseph Whipple, Dr. David Buehler (co-advisor), Kelley Seneker, Laura Hendrixson, Ethan Newman, Ariel Elliott, Dakota Bird, James Halko, Daniel Lawson, Cody Moore, Caitlin Livingston, Joshua Alston, Ravin Thomasson, Nathan Wilhite, Hunter Edmundson, David Lohman, Chris Graves (co-advisor). Kneeling (from left to right) - Sam Bingham, Andrew Isenhower, Caylor Romines, Chet Guthrie. Not pictured - Tanner Germany.



KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee’s Student Wildlife and Fisheries Society has won first place overall at the 2015 Southeastern Wildlife Conclave. The 23-member team, co-advised by Dr. David Buehler, Mr. Chris Graves, Dr. Emma Willcox, and Dr. Brian Alford from the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, competed against 21 other college and university fisheries and wildlife programs at the competition recently hosted by Virginia Tech University at Smith Mountain Lake, Va.
The team from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) placed among the top three teams in 13 out of 20 competition categories. The Southeastern Conclave is an annual event that brings more than 450 wildlife students, educators and professionals together for three days of workshops, field trips and academic and field-based competitions. 

“Winning Conclave is for sure a statement that our academic WFS programs are on the cutting edge of science, teaching, research, and management of wildlife resources and why our program is so widely known and respected” wrote retired UT forestry, wildlife and fisheries faculty member Billy Minser in a congratulatory note to the team's advisors. Minser is a former advisor to the student chapter.
The UT Student Wildlife and Fisheries Society competed against teams from the University of Georgia, University of Florida, Auburn University, Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University, University of Arkansas, Clemson University, and West Virginia University, among others. Team competitions included a double-elimination Quiz Bowl tournament and an outdoor field competition that tested a broad range of wildlife technical knowledge and skills. Individual events included dendrology, orienteering, field photography, obstacle course, archery, rifle, canoeing, fly-casting, wildlife art and poetry.   
The entire team contributed to the team’s excellence and first place in the Team Field Competition. Individual competition placement and the team members contributing include:
Quiz Bowl: 2nd Place - Andrew Isenhower, Nathan Wilhite, Hunter Edmundson, Daniel Lawson, and Ariel Elliott
Dendrology: 1st Place - Jordan Nanney
Riflery: 1st Place - Cody Moore
Canoeing: 2nd Place - Ethan Newman and Nathan Wilhite
Goose Calling: 1st Place - Daniel Lawson
Cervid Calling: 1st Place - Jordan Nanney
Nongame Wildlife Calling: 3rd Place - Hunter Edmundson
Poetry: 1st Place - Chet Guthrie
Free-Form Art: 2nd Place - Ariel Elliott
Non-Manipulated Photography: 3rd Place - Andrew Isenhower
Trail Camera Photography: 2nd Place - Ariel Elliott

The University of Tennessee hosted the first Southeastern Wildlife Conclave in 1972. 

The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



Dr. David Buehler, Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries,
865-974-8845, dbuehler@utk.edu