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.

10 Shooting Tips From Army Marksmen

Editor’s Note: The authors are QDMA members, hunters, and competitive marksmen who contributed this article to Quality Whitetails magazine. Walter Stroman was the Team Adjutant for the 2005 United States F-Class Rifle Team that competed in the World F-Class rifle matches in South Africa. In 2007, he won the 1,000-yard Southeast Regional Rifle Matches, F-Class Rifle, …

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To Kill Mature Bucks, Go Somewhere Else

I had an interesting phone conversation with deer researcher Dr. Mark Conner while I was working on an article for Quality Whitetails. Mark, who works in Maryland, has led a number of recent groundbreaking studies of buck movements and home-range characteristics using GPS tracking collars placed on deer. We were talking about “sanctuaries,” and Mark told …

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Build a Stalking Trail

In my article in Quality Whitetails magazine titled “Paradise Under Construction,” I described the initial deer management practices my brother Jason and I implemented on a 350-acre farm we purchased in southern Iowa. One of the habitat features we discussed was “stalking trails,” which allow us to hunt more effectively on the ground. My idea …

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Create a Buck Funnel

A habitat feature that I love to design is a funnel to bottleneck buck movements at specific ambush sites. All deer, including mature bucks, are surprisingly lazy and, unless they are pressured, will nearly always select the path of least resistance. Several funnel techniques have been described in previous articles by others, such as altering …

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Bottled Bucks – Map 1

Years ago, a friend who was a very successful bowhunter told me, “If you want to kill big bucks, you have to hunt where big bucks live, and then you have to bottle em’ up!” The first part seemed obvious, but back then I was still learning, and he could see by the puzzled look …

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