QDMA’s Position on Mandatory Antler Restrictions

Some hunters love them, others hate them, but you can rest assured all have an opinion of them – we’re talking about mandatory antler restrictions. Antler restrictions do not equal “Quality Deer Management.” Rather, antler restrictions are a strategy to protect a specific age class (generally 1½-year-old bucks) or classes of bucks, and protecting young …

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Fawn Survival Research: The Home Stretch

My summer of researching fawn survival is coming to a close, and I am already thinking back on some of the more lasting memories from my time in the field – like the morning I was walking through some very thick blackberry bushes and tall ragweed, looking for a fawn at a birth site. It’s …

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5 Reasons to Take Does Early

When the density of deer where you hunt exceeds the ability of the habitat to support those deer in healthy condition, it’s time to take an appropriate number of does to bring balance (and balance is reached faster if you increase habitat quality at the same time). Lots of questions usually follow this statement, and …

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Fawn Survival Research: The Culprit Revealed!

I was really impressed by the number of people who shared their thoughts on identifying the potential predator that killed one of our fawns in our research project. To those of you who commented on that last post, many thanks! Now, let’s talk about the culprit. To review the facts, a severed fawn head was …

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Fawn Survival Research: What Killed This Fawn?

There is a critical window early in the lives of fawns when they are highly vulnerable to being killed by predators. After they reach a certain age they can outrun most anything, but until then we as deer researchers must monitor them closely, because death in the form of a predator could appear at any …

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