The Antler Growth Bell Curve

There’s a simple rule underlying antler development in whitetail bucks that all hunters should understand. Awareness of this rule provides a bridge over many of the false expectations, myths, mistakes and frustrations that lie waiting along your path to QDM success. The rule is this: If you could know all the gross antler scores for …

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The Vomeronasal Organ

How Bucks Use the Vomeronasal Organ During the RutAre you primed for the rut? A whitetail buck has a special organ in the roof of its mouth that helps it get primed. In this video, our founder, Joe Hamilton, explains how the vomeronasal organ works. Posted by The Quality Deer Management Association on Monday, October …

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Tarsal Glands: What We Know

The tarsal gland, arguably the most important gland in deer communication, is found on bucks and does. Each hair is associated with an enlarged sebaceous or “fat” gland that secretes an oily material that coats the hair. Research has shown this gland is active year-round in both bucks and does. When a deer “rub-urinates”, allowing …

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The Hunter’s Guide to Deer Vision

It’s happened to every bowhunter—a deer spots you for no apparent reason while perfectly concealed.  Was it your scent, your noise, your movement, or perhaps what you were wearing? While all hunters agree that deer have an amazing ability to detect movement, the consensus regarding what colors deer can see is far less unanimous.  Because …

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The Real Whitetail Freak

Antlers are a unique and fascinating phenomenon in the animal world. They are formed by complex mechanisms that are still not fully understood, and the complexity of antler growth is seen in the wide range of things that can go wrong. Injuries to growing antlers; injuries to the skull or pedicle; injuries to the skeleton, …

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