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.

7 Ways to Relocate Missing Bucks

Velvet is dropping, bachelor groups are breaking up, and those easy-to-find summer bucks are changing patterns and will soon “disappear” as they spread out into the far corners of their home ranges. It’s time to use your trail-cameras to relocate mature bucks, discover their new fall movement patterns, and set up an opening-day plan. Here are …

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Thoughts While Falling From a Treestand

Editor’s Note: Dr. Craig Harper, Extension Wildilfe Specialist at the University of Tennessee, is a QDMA Life Member and a staunch friend and supporter of the organization. He contributes regularly to Quality Whitetails magazine and was also a contributor to our “Quality Food Plots” book. He speaks regularly at QDMA educational events, including National Convention, Deer …

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Sanctuaries: Attract, Protect, Hold, Hunt

As the Quality Deer Management philosophy becomes further anchored as the dominant mindset among whitetail hunters, achieving greater numbers of mature bucks is not the hurdle it once was. Instead, there’s another hurdle: Killing them. Answering that challenge is the “sanctuary,” a landscape feature that has recently become a familiar part of conversations about hunting …

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Rub Lines and Hunting Success: Part 1

From years of running trail-camera surveys on individual managed properties, I’ve become a firm believer that harvest success is often the greatest limiting factor to overall perceptions of Quality Deer Management success. It is one thing to produce a “biologically successful” program with an older buck age structure through proper management practices. It is a …

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Rub Lines and Hunting Success: Part 2

Can knowledge of buck rubbing locations help develop more effective habitat plans – plans that produce more predictable deer movement patterns? This is a question we tackled in Part 1 of this article when we looked at rub density by habitat type and near linear features. Now, let’s look at the effect of terrain on …

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