Whitetails are the most studied – and hunted – wildlife species in North America. QDMA helps fund scientific research that can help you be a more effective hunter and deer manager, and we’ll share the latest knowledge with our members.

Defend, Display or Duel: What Are Antlers Good For?

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Antlers are like the beards on guys at hunting camp – they are secondary sexual characteristics that separate females and males but don’t directly contribute to reproduction. So, why exactly do bucks grow them?  There are four main theories as to why bucks grow antlers. According to noted deer researchers Drs. Steve Demarais and Bronson …

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Deer Have Heart Bones?

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In the 1980s, I read an article praising the resiliency of the white-tailed deer. No doubt, whitetails possess an uncanny ability to ward off, or at least endure, many diseases and parasites. They also have a well-deserved reputation for rebounding from seemingly life-threatening injuries. The author of that article fancied himself somewhat of an expert …

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5 Common Myths About Whitetail Fawns

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It’s early June and social media is abuzz with photos of recently born fawns from across the country. While we love seeing these reports of successful whitetail breeding efforts, the ensuing discussion often leads to misinformation regarding whitetail fawns. So today we wanted to address five of the most prevalent fawn myths. A fawn is …

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10 Stats From New Deer Research

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I’m just back from one of my favorite hunting trips of the year, one where I never do any actual hunting. It’s the annual meeting of the Southeast Deer Study Group, a two-day barrage of 36 PowerPoint presentations and 20 poster-board exhibits updating the latest in whitetail science and management issues. This is a gathering …

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