Is the “Lockdown Phase” a Myth?

Some hunters believe they witness an “October Lull” or a peak-rut “Lockdown Phase,” when mature bucks suddenly stop moving or hole-up with an estrus doe. Researcher Andy Olson did not see evidence of either in the movements of three mature Pennsylvania bucks wearing GPS tracking collars. “We had fine-scale movement data for these three bucks …

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Hunt Does to Hone Your Bow Skills

If there’s one thing the hunting industry pushes, it’s trophy bucks, trophy bucks, TROPHY BUCKS. I was caught up in this mindset when I first started hunting. As soon as I had a successful first bowhunting season, I determined I didn’t want to shoot anything unless it was a “wallhanger,” and I was going to …

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Preserve an Unforgettable Hunt With a Great Photo

Through QDM, deer hunters all across the country can feel a tremendous amount of pride in assuming responsibility for the betterment of the whitetail. We invest a lot of time and energy into growing, holding, protecting and then hunting whitetails, which can lead to certain emotional aspects of QDM. Specifically, I’m referring to the humility, …

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Will Deer Avoid a Hot Pink Stand?

Does color matter when painting your deer stand? That’s the question we asked ourselves during the summer of 2012. We were in the process of repainting a few of our permanent tree stands at Longfork Farms in central Louisiana and were debating which color to use. Then, in a moment of humor, we asked ourselves …

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Tanner’s Take: Did I Over-Hunt This Stand?

Here in Georgia, the 2013 season opens on Saturday. This season marks the second year in a row I’ll get to truly hunt the entire season. Prior to becoming a QDMA employee, my hunting opportunities were severely limited due to work obligations. I would get the chance to hunt maybe one weekend a year, and …

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