The Payoff of Passing Young Bucks

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As the buck edged along the creek, I tried to get a better glimpse of him. I had yet to see his body well enough to put an age on him. He turned toward me, thrashing a small sapling. I decided to call him over for a better look. Five or six years ago, I …

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The Dangers of Blending Politics and Deer Management

When hunters provide input and support to their state agency, and when the state agency listens and includes hunters, the intervention of politics can be avoided.
Follow Kip on Instagram. Wildlife is a public-trust resource. That means wildlife belongs to the public, and its management is entrusted to our state and federal wildlife agencies, which are required to manage using scientific principles and the best available data. Given this, is it safe to assume our wildlife professionals have the final say …

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An Open Letter to the Guy Who Can’t Eat Horns

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I know you. You can’t help yourself. You’re that person who retorts on pretty much every message board or social media post about big bucks, quality bucks or just bucks in general with that predictable, five-word phrase: “You can’t eat the horns.” In as few words as possible, you shout volumes about where you stand …

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QDM Cooperatives: All the Cool Kids are Doing It

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What do bell-bottoms, pegged jeans, parachute pants or in todays era, skinny jeans, have to do with deer management? Two words: peer pressure. Our friends wore them, so we wore them. Luckily, I have discovered the pegged-jean equivalent of a technique that will help improve your deer hunting this fall. In my experience working with …

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Why I Belong in QDMA

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If you were to sit 10 QDMA members down and ask each of them why they joined the organization, there is a good chance you would get 10 distinct responses. Some might say they joined for the educational resources offered by QDMA, while others might have joined to make a difference in their community. Whatever …

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