Is Late Rutting Activity an Indicator of Problems?

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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

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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

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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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Coyote Control: When Is It The Right Option?

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Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from a longer article that was first seen by QDMA members in Quality Whitetails magazine. To start receiving our magazine, become a member of QDMA today. On a crisp, clear November night at deer camp, the conversation around the campfire subsides for a moment as you add another log …

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How to Provide Emergency Winter Deer Food

The 30 most critical days for winter deer survival have a name, and it is March. Deer have a limited supply of fat reserves to carry them through winter. In fact, research at the University of New Hampshire showed that a healthy doe begins winter with a 90-day fat supply. This ticking clock begins winding …

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