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.

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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Hunt Does to Hone Your Bow Skills

If there’s one thing the hunting industry pushes, it’s trophy bucks, trophy bucks, TROPHY BUCKS. I was caught up in this mindset when I first started hunting. As soon as I had a successful first bowhunting season, I determined I didn’t want to shoot anything unless it was a “wallhanger,” and I was going to …

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Preserve an Unforgettable Hunt With a Great Photo

Through QDM, deer hunters all across the country can feel a tremendous amount of pride in assuming responsibility for the betterment of the whitetail. We invest a lot of time and energy into growing, holding, protecting and then hunting whitetails, which can lead to certain emotional aspects of QDM. Specifically, I’m referring to the humility, …

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Will Deer Avoid a Hot Pink Stand?

Does color matter when painting your deer stand? That’s the question we asked ourselves during the summer of 2012. We were in the process of repainting a few of our permanent tree stands at Longfork Farms in central Louisiana and were debating which color to use. Then, in a moment of humor, we asked ourselves …

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Tanner’s Take: Did I Over-Hunt This Stand?

Here in Georgia, the 2013 season opens on Saturday. This season marks the second year in a row I’ll get to truly hunt the entire season. Prior to becoming a QDMA employee, my hunting opportunities were severely limited due to work obligations. I would get the chance to hunt maybe one weekend a year, and …

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