Top 5 Rookie Trapping Mistakes

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Scientific research confirms that effective trapping prior to the annual fawn-drop can restore fawn survival rates depressed by predators. For deer hunters in many areas, trapping has become a vital addition to their QDM skillset, and as a trapping instructor I am getting more requests from groups like QDMA to provide advice. In a recent …

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Harvesting the Right Number of Deer

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In other articles, we’ve talked about harvesting the right number of does and bucks in your QDM program. Once you set your harvest goals, it is critical that you monitor the results by collecting harvest and observation data. What you learn will guide you in fine-tuning our harvest goals for your particular situation. The harvest …

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How Many Bucks Can I Harvest?

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Let’s continue our discussion of harvest prescriptions with another common question: “How many bucks can I harvest?” The number of bucks you can harvest will depend highly on your level of restraint and the age classes you desire to shoot. If you choose to shoot a lot of yearling bucks (1½ years old), each year …

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How Many Does Can I Harvest?

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“How Many Does Should I Harvest?” This is undoubtedly the most commonly asked question I receive each year as fall approaches. Hunters ask whether they should shoot any, a few, or a lot of does. By asking some additional questions I can generally give them a target doe harvest. Here is the information I use …

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Mature Bucks: Who Needs ‘Em?

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For decades in the late 1900s states such as Alabama, Michigan, Pennsylvania and others managed deer herds in such a manner that the majority of bucks harvested were 1½ years old and very few bucks ever reached maturity. In Pennsylvania, less than 1 percent of bucks reached maturity prior to implementation of antler restrictions in …

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