Minerals for Whitetails

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When spring rolls around, hunters everywhere gear up to begin establishing or “recharging” the mineral sites on their hunting properties. They know that deer typically begin using supplemental minerals around spring green-up and continue until early fall. Surely, the knee-deep depressions in the soil caused by repeated years of mineral supplementation are evidence of deer …

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At What Age Can a Fawn Survive Without Its Doe?

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Should I shoot a doe with fawns? Ask QDMAWe are often asked if it’s okay to shoot a doe with fawns. Kip Adams, a wildlife biologist and QDMA’s Director of Education and Outreach, answers that question in this week’s #AskQDMA video. Posted by The Quality Deer Management Association on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 QDMA is …

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7 Sins of Aging Bucks on the Hoof

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When you’re practicing QDM, the most effective way to select bucks for harvest is by setting a minimum age, so throughout its history QDMA has helped hunters learn to estimate the ages of live bucks. The advent of trail-cameras brought this conversation to the forefront of deer hunting, since now we could capture, study and …

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Ask QDMA: When is a Buck Mature Enough to Kill?

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Brian Herring of South Carolina sent in this Ask QDMA query: “When is a buck mature enough to shoot? And, with a lot of it’s-brown-it’s-down hunters nearby, is passing the buck actually worth it? What’s not a trophy to one person could be a giant to another, so do you make them pass on their …

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