VIDEO: Why Is Buck Age Important in QDM?

Age is very important in a QDM program for a number of reasons, from tracking improvements in buck body and antler sizes to evaluating doe harvest levels. By measuring your buck harvest success based on age, instead of comparing antler size to deer in other regions, you can visualize your QDM success relative to the …

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Build a Guide to Your Most Huntable Bucks

As your shed antler collection grows each spring, do this: Go back and try to match each shed you find to trail-camera photos in your collection from the previous fall. Do it for every antler, large or small. You’ll end up with a useful portrait of the local buck population like the one shown above, …

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Discussing QDM Over Coffee

Coffee equals wisdom. It must. The sheer amount being consumed by contractors, farmers, retired civil servants and general purveyors of anything and everything is proof. In a recent conversation with some community elders, I made some discoveries about time-honored traditions and ideas about managing property for deer hunting. I was the youngest person by 15 …

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Rattling in a QDM’er

One of the joys of Quality Deer Management (QDM) is the increased effectiveness of rattling, grunting and other techniques for attracting mature bucks. Rattling in a mature buck is a lot easier when there are mature bucks around to hear you. Where I hunt in coastal Georgia, rattling was useless until my dad, brother, sister …

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What Triggers the Whitetail Rut?

Whitetails are rutting somewhere in their range from August through February. Amazingly, they breed over this seven-month period just in the state of Florida! Let’s look at the factors that lead to widely varying breeding dates, and you’ll also see how practicing Quality Deer Management can make the rut more obvious and more exciting where …

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