Have We Killed Too Many Does?

With all the recent hubbub in the general outdoor media about deer harvests being down, as well as within the pages of the newly released 2015 QDMA Whitetail Report, I’m confident there are literally thousands of deer hunters out there right now asking this very question: “Have we killed too many does?” This query is …

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Break the Patterns Trespassers Use Against You

Hunters pursue their prey by identifying predictable patterns. We try to locate a buck’s core area through sightings, trail-camera photos, or sign like rubs and scrapes. Similarly, trespassers use many of the same techniques. While I wouldn’t categorize a trespasser as a hunter, trespassers do possess a predatory mentality. Their prey just happens to be …

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Is Late Rutting Activity an Indicator of Problems?

I have been asked many times about rutting activity during December and January and whether this signals a problem. Rubs, scrapes and chasing behavior during December and January are common sights to deer hunters and managers in the South. Deer in southern latitudes are afforded the luxury of breeding during several months, even though this can …

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Taking Does Can Actually Increase Fawn Production

You’ve heard some people say they never shoot does “because that is like killing next year’s fawns.” While this sounds logical, it’s not always the correct approach. Doe harvest isn’t always necessary, but when it is, taking the right number of does can actually increase fawn production. The reason is pretty simple: Healthy does raise …

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Avoid the Deer-Hunting Toilet

It’s going to happen in every hunting club, QDM Cooperative, or any other group that hunts deer together: Someone is going to shoot a deer the other hunters didn’t want shot. It might be a button buck. It might be that yearling with 8 or more points that is going to be great one day …

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