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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 soon we will release our new e-book, QDMA’s Guide to Successful Deer Hunting.

5 Red-Hot Rut Stands for Pressured Deer

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Most of the places I hunt are either public land or small, heavily pressured pockets of private land. Mature bucks (3½ to 4½ years old and older) aren’t making many daylight appearances in these areas — even during the rut. And when they do, it’s generally not going to be in the middle of a …

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8 Tips for Beating Buck Fever

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I can’t speak for you, but buck fever is one of the reasons I go deer hunting. Of course, the main reason we go is to bring home nourishing food for our families. But we also like the thrill of seeing — and shooting — big bucks. It’s part of the experience. And the adrenaline …

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Potential: Spud Webb, Young Bucks and Your Neighbor

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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

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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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