Watch Your Ash! These Trees Can Be Dangerous

Like many QDMA members and deer habitat managers, I have been targeting ash trees for removal by cutting, girdling, and hack-and-squirt to free up space around mast-bearing oaks and to increase sunlight reaching the ground for forage and cover production. I learned recently of a particular danger inherent in cutting down ashes, and your personal …

Read More

The Deer Hunter’s Guide to Finding a Forester

I recently received a question from a QDMA member that went something like this: “I just purchased some land, and I’m looking to turn it into a great deer hunting property. I contacted a forester who looked at the property and gave some advice, but I don’t think he understands what I’m looking for. My …

Read More

Help Deer Refuel After the Rut

Bucks expend a great deal of energy during the fall preparing for and participating in the rut. Depending on the buck:doe ratio, activities like scraping, rubbing, fighting, seeking and chasing can stretch over weeks or even months, and during this time bucks spend less time feeding than normal. Even in well managed herds with balanced …

Read More

Give Yourself the Edge

A lot of attention is being given to “young forest” in the QDM world lately. The volume of quality natural forage that is available to deer and other wildlife in a recently regenerated forest makes opportunities for cutting timber an important consideration before you think about creating more food plots. In locations where forest cover …

Read More

Poaching With a Saw

I had just begun my first job with a forestry consulting company when, one late spring day, I followed my boss through the woods with a scale stick and a paint gun, prepared to mark timber for sale. As we neared the stand of hardwoods that needed our attention, my boss stopped suddenly in his …

Read More