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Want to become a deer hunter? QDMA is committed to helping you, or people you know, get started. You’ll find plenty of information here, and you can also grab a FREE copy of our e-book, QDMA’s Guide to Successful Deer Hunting.

Potential: Spud Webb, Young Bucks and Your Neighbor

I was struck recently when I uttered the word “potential” when describing a great up-and-coming young buck to a friend while perusing late summer trail camera pictures from a property we both hunt. I paused and thought, why did this particular buck have potential? Most hunters would use this adjective upon seeing a buck with …

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5 Ways to Ruin a Great Hunting Photo

As the communications manager for QDMA, I get to look at and work with a lot of deer hunting photos. I consider it a perk of the job. A great hunting photo can bring you right into that moment with the hunter — you can see the excitement in their eyes, and that big smile …

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Well Done or Frozen Venison Prevents Toxoplasmosis Infection

In the early 1980s, I was one of three South Carolina wildlife biologists who consumed freshly killed venison for dinner following a day of processing several deer. The venison was cooked rare, the way we liked it. Two of us ended up hospitalized for nine days with fevers peaking at 104 degrees daily. Strangely, there …

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Shooting for a Safe Deer Season

Deer hunter practicing treestand safety with an HSS harness and lifeline
Opening day for most hunters is right around the corner, and that means deer season preparations are well under way. Some of you have been preparing since last season ended, while others are just getting started. To ensure we’re ready for the big day, we carve out time to shoot our bows and firearms, hang …

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Don’t Let Mosquitos and Ticks Ruin Your Hunting Season

As deer hunters, we put ourselves at risk every time we hit the woods. I’m not referring to firearms or archery accidents as they are actually quite rare. We stand a much better chance of falling out of a treestand. In fact, research from Wisconsin shows treestand accidents are the largest source of hunting-related injuries …

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