The mission of SWMNV is to: reduce and maintain the Whitetail deer population in Northern Virginia; restore a proper balance of wildlife within this geographical area; develop a general awareness of the wildlife management role of bowhunting in suburban settings; and promote a positive image of bowhunting and bowhunters.
Suburban Whitetail Management of Northern Virginia (SWMNV) is a 501 (c)3 non-profit deer culling/management organization designed to:
- provide a much-needed service to the community at no charge to the recipient.
- help local landowners, communities, and governments reduce whitetail deer overpopulation problems in a safe, natural and humane manner;
- act as a management "tool" for Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries' (VDGIF) deer reduction goals;
- educate the non-hunting public, as well as the general public, about bowhunting’s role in wildlife management;
- help communities in Northern Virginia by contributing a portion of total harvests to those in need and by raising the much needed funds to process those harvests.
- further the positive image of bowhunting and those who participate;
- and treat our wild resources with respect and compassion as we carry out our mission by using bowhunting as a sound management tool.
SWMNV was established in 1997 and has since built a successful track record, without incident, for hunting transparently in suburban communities. Other areas of success include, but are not limited to, vineyards, farms, training centers and airport properties. Our goal is to accomplish the client's needs while remaining as transparent as possible, thereby allowing them to live their lives unimpeded and without interruption.
Similar deer management groups around the nation have been up and running successfully for as long as ten years in states such as Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and New Hampshire. As development continues to increase and whitetail habitat continues to decrease, the need for organizations such aso SWMNV are becoming more and more necessary.