10 Reasons You Don’t Want CWD in Your Woods

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a serious threat to the future of deer hunting. Yet, there are many hunters who don’t understand or appreciate the threat, who feel it is not something they have to worry about because it is far away from their woods, or who confuse it with other diseases. That’s why it’s …

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Is Late Rutting Activity an Indicator of Problems?

I have been asked many times about rutting activity during December and January and whether this signals a problem. Rubs, scrapes and chasing behavior during December and January are common sights to deer hunters and managers in the South. Deer in southern latitudes are afforded the luxury of breeding during several months, even though this can …

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10 Weird Parasites that Live Inside Deer

You may not want to know what I’m about to tell you: Whitetails are virtual school buses for parasites. They are packed from nose to tail with mucus-covered lifeforms. The good news is these parasites are all completely harmless to people, and if you’d like to remain happily ignorant of their existence, I suggest you …

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No Link Between Moon Phase and Rut Peak

Rut timing infographic
This graphic, produced by QDMA for an article in Quality Whitetails magazine, illustrates a fact that has stood up to repeated scientific testing over the years: The moon does not have a detectable influence on the timing of whitetail breeding. Scientists have known for decades that the length of daylight each day, which fluctuates throughout the …

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Button Buck Disguise Almost Worked for This Doe

A Missouri doe nearly made a getaway with a very unusual disguise. Tufts of long black hair on its head, in the same location antlers would grow if it were male, made the deer look a lot like a button buck. Allen Morris, a QDMA Life Member and Level III QDMA Deer Steward from Missouri, was completely convinced …

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