Why We Can’t Manage Deer Genetics

The power of selectively controlled breeding is incredible. With it, we transformed a wolf into a chihuahua over the course of 15,000 years – mere milliseconds in the echoing depths of geologic time. We transformed a seedy grass named maize into a crop that contributes to almost everything you eat. There are many other examples, …

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Top 5 Rookie Trapping Mistakes

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

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?

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?

“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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