Sanctuaries: Attract, Protect, Hold, Hunt

As the Quality Deer Management philosophy becomes further anchored as the dominant mindset among whitetail hunters, achieving greater numbers of mature bucks is not the hurdle it once was. Instead, there’s another hurdle: Killing them. Answering that challenge is the “sanctuary,” a landscape feature that has recently become a familiar part of conversations about hunting …

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Rub Lines and Hunting Success: Part 1

From years of running trail-camera surveys on individual managed properties, I’ve become a firm believer that harvest success is often the greatest limiting factor to overall perceptions of Quality Deer Management success. It is one thing to produce a “biologically successful” program with an older buck age structure through proper management practices. It is a …

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Rub Lines and Hunting Success: Part 2

Can knowledge of buck rubbing locations help develop more effective habitat plans – plans that produce more predictable deer movement patterns? This is a question we tackled in Part 1 of this article when we looked at rub density by habitat type and near linear features. Now, let’s look at the effect of terrain on …

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How to Calibrate a Food Plot Sprayer

So, you have learned to identify your major weed problems. You have done your homework and identified the herbicide necessary to control the weeds in your food plots. You have planned ahead, and you are spraying at the correct time. However, none of this matters if you haven’t calibrated your sprayer! Herbicide application must be …

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10 Shooting Tips From Army Marksmen

Editor’s Note: The authors are QDMA members, hunters, and competitive marksmen who contributed this article to Quality Whitetails magazine. Walter Stroman was the Team Adjutant for the 2005 United States F-Class Rifle Team that competed in the World F-Class rifle matches in South Africa. In 2007, he won the 1,000-yard Southeast Regional Rifle Matches, F-Class Rifle, …

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