Through Quality Deer Management, you can increase the number of adult bucks where you hunt. But older bucks may be more difficult to see and kill unless you use smart hunting strategies.

Your Story: A Late-Season Surprise

Meet Jason Ashe of Bloomfield, New York, a QDMA member and board member of QDMA’s Greater Rochester Southern Tier Branch in western New York. Jason, how long have you practiced QDM?   I’ve been doing it since 2005 on our 14 acres in Allegany County and on our 125-acre farm in western New York. My father and …

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High Deer Recovery Rates for Fixed-Blade and Mechanical Broadheads

Every year at the Southeast Deer Study Group meeting, a few research presentations stand out from the others and leave the audience murmuring long after the question-and-answer period has been cut off. QDMA member Andy Pedersen gave one such presentation on February 18 when he shared his study of the effectiveness of fixed-blade and mechanical broadheads. …

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Deer Heart on the Menu

As someone who depends on venison for all my wife Elaine’s and my red meat needs for the year, and who tries to annually kill 10 whitetails to fulfill those needs, I regard the consumption of venison as part of a healthy, active lifestyle. My spouse and I also write a venison cooking column forWhitetail …

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Improve Your Bow Skills with this Practice Technique

Do you like to bow hunt? Me too. I enjoy everything about archery hunting; the challenge, early seasons, close-range encounters with deer, and the preparation. I believe every hunter should be extremely proficient with the weapon they go afield with, so I shoot my bow a lot. My Big Green Target is full of holes, …

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Is the “Lockdown Phase” a Myth?

Some hunters believe they witness an “October Lull” or a peak-rut “Lockdown Phase,” when mature bucks suddenly stop moving or hole-up with an estrus doe. Researcher Andy Olson did not see evidence of either in the movements of three mature Pennsylvania bucks wearing GPS tracking collars. “We had fine-scale movement data for these three bucks …

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