The Rewards of Restraint

Look carefully at the trail-camera photo above, taken by QDMA member and private lands biologist Joe Lacefield of Kentucky. I love this photo because it captures part of the spirit of Quality Deer Management in a single image. Here is a hunter (Joe’s brother, Dickey Lacefield) in a tree, on a beautiful day, in possession of …

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How Many Rubs Does a Buck Make?

Not seeing many rubs and scrapes in your area? This may be directly related to an absence of older bucks. Just how many rubs does a whitetail buck make each year? That depends on the buck’s age, and older bucks make more rubs. According to the University of Georgia’s Dr. Karl V. Miller, one mature …

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Kip’s Korner: Start a QDM Cooperative

Quality deer management (QDM) is about balancing the deer herd with the habitat, balancing the adult sex ratio, and balancing the age structure for bucks and does. Sometimes, this is easier said than done, especially when most deer managers own or manage acreages far smaller than deer home ranges. This is where QDM Cooperatives come …

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4 QDM Lessons I Learned from Sawtooth Oaks

I learned priceless lessons about Quality Deer Management from sawtooth oak trees. Sawtooth oak is a native of Asia that was introduced to North America in the 1920s. It was little known to hunters until the 1960s and 70s, when wildlife researchers began reporting the results of their use of the tree as a wildlife …

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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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