QDM: Frequently Asked Questions

Why practice QDM? Do I have to wait for a “wallhanger” or a “trophy” before I can kill a buck? I hunted all season and did not see a buck that was legal under my club’s antler rules, and none of the bucks in my trail-camera pictures were legal either. Does this mean QDM is …

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Avoid the Road-Trip Fantasy

When hunters say they tried Quality Deer Management (QDM) and found it doesn’t work, you can usually listen to each story and find the real problem. There are a handful of common story-lines I hear, and one of these is the Road-Trip Fantasy. It goes like this: Hunter travels to _____ (insert name of state …

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7 Steps to a Successful Cooperative

Gather a group of hunters who practice Quality Deer Management (QDM) and you’ll discover many similarities. All of us strive to harvest an appropriate number of antlerless deer when necessary and while not harvesting button bucks. We try to let most yearling bucks walk, hoping they will survive and be seen again at older ages. And …

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Leading Other Hunters to QDM

One November, my brother, Rans, showed me a video clip he filmed while bowhunting a small, suburban tract in Georgia. The clip included several minutes of footage of a nice 9-pointer working a scrape and sniffing around the area, all within bow range. We watched the video together and discussed the buck’s age. My brother …

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OMG! Another BBD

Most Internet abbreviations are good for all seasons, but for the next several months we should at least see fewer BBDs. That’s “big buck down” for those not up on the latest e-jargon. Not everyone is a social media fan, but I enjoy using Facebook, both personally and to help promote QDMA. If you use …

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