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.

Crash Diets: One Price of Being a Buck

How tough is the rut on whitetail bucks? Extremely tough – at least for bucks with normal testosterone levels that participate in breeding competition. In addition to being pushed, pulled, poked, prodded and occasionally gored, most bucks also spend a lot of time on the go, and they can cover many miles during the course of …

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Why Did This Buck Have Such Long Hooves?

I received an email from QDMA member Justin Forsten of Louisiana, a Level II QDMA Deer Steward, who sent some interesting photos and a note: Hey guys hope you all are doing well and either had or are having a great season! I wanted you all to take a look at the hooves of a buck I …

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The Mysterious Bullwinkle Deer

Whitetails are hardened survivors. They thrive despite predators, highways, heat waves, blizzards, floods, drought and poachers with spotlights. They get hung in fences, fall down old wells, and crash through plate-glass windows. They snag their antlers on our garbage, including buckets, basketballs and barbed wire. They collect tumors, warts, brain infections and blood-sucking parasites. But …

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Leg Injuries Can Affect Antler Growth

Major skeletal injuries, such as broken legs, can sometimes have strange and unexpected effects on the future antler growth of whitetail bucks. The neurological connection isn’t completely understood or easily explained, but such effects have been documented many times. In November 2012, QDMA member Todd Reabe of Wisconsin got several photographs of a buck with just …

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Is the “Lockdown Phase” a Myth?

Some hunters believe they witness an “October Lull” or a peak-rut “Lockdown Phase,” when mature bucks suddenly stop moving or hole-up with an estrus doe. Researcher Andy Olson did not see evidence of either in the movements of three mature Pennsylvania bucks wearing GPS tracking collars. “We had fine-scale movement data for these three bucks …

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