Against the Odds in Ontario

On November 10, 2005, a 300-lb., 150-inch whitetail stepped into my life, and it changed me forever. From that point forward I wanted to learn everything I could about how and why that deer was that big. I killed that deer on an 88-acre farm in Ontario, Canada, that was owned by an elderly gentleman …

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15 Tips for Planting Deer-Hunting Orchards

I’ve been planting trees for deer habitat management since I started helping my dad when I was about 10 years old. I’m in my 40s now and still planting them. I’ve learned a lot about tree planting and made plenty of mistakes in that time. Whenever the subject comes up, friends who hunt always have …

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Know Your Deer Plants: Pokeweed

Pokeweed easily has over a dozen different common names, from pokeberry to poke salad to just plain poke. But no matter what it is called where you live, pokeweed is an extremely valuable soft mast and late-summer forage component for white-tailed deer throughout the eastern United States and Canada. Pokeweed is also a large, native, …

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Burning Questions: Can Fire Reduce Tick Abundance?

I start itching as soon as I begin reviewing trail-camera images taken this summer at QDMA Headquarters. Deer at this suburban Georgia site are seething with ticks. Look at the ears of the poor doe in the photo above. Bucks are covered too, and many of them have ticks latched onto their growing antlers. I’ve …

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Know Your Deer Plants: American Beech

Most white-tailed deer hunters east of the Mississippi recognize the importance of the fall acorn crop and how it directly impacts their hunting opportunities. The majority of QDMA members also understand the effect this cyclic food source has on the overall health of the deer herd. However, too often I see hunters and quality deer …

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