Anger Management for Trail-Camera Users

We’re already so many years into the trail-camera era of deer hunting that most of us who use them have forgotten what hunting was like without them – or don’t know what it was like because we weren’t born. While technological advancements have increased their user-friendliness and convenience far beyond the days of 35mm film, …

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13-year-old Katie Takes a 13-year-old Doe

I began working for QDMA in 2002, and that fall we implemented a record-keeping program at our Pennsylvania deer camp. Over the next 18 hunting seasons, we shot 299 deer on 700 acres – 249 were antlerless (210 adult does and 39 fawns) and 50 were antlered bucks, and we collected harvest data from every …

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Bad Teeth: The Strangest Deer Jawbones in QDMA’s Collection

Even before he founded QDMA 30 years ago, Joe Hamilton of South Carolina knew the importance of collecting jawbones from harvested deer and estimating their age based on tooth replacement and wear patterns. Over his career as a wildlife biologist, Joe has aged tens of thousands of deer jawbones, and whenever he encountered a jawbone …

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How Much Venison Are Coyotes Eating?

Many deer hunters must now consider potential impacts of coyote predation on local deer herds. Historically confined to the western United States, coyotes have expanded throughout the eastern states and are now common across most landscapes we manage for deer. This expansion has obviously generated a lot of interest from the public, and the coyote’s …

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Which Deer Visit Feeders and When? New Research is Out

When Georgia first legalized hunting deer over bait in the southern half of the state in 2011, my dad felt compelled to install corn feeders on our family farm simply to compete with the expected landslide of bait in the wider neighborhood. Dad placed some of his trail-cameras on the corn feeders. Meanwhile, I continued …

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