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.

Bucks Shedding Velvet Early

Like so much that happens in the cycle of the whitetail’s year, the timing of bucks shedding their antler velvet is closely tied to photoperiod (the number of hours of daylight in a day). Decreasing photoperiod in late summer triggers increasing testosterone levels, which leads to antler hardening and then velvet shedding. Interestingly, bucks began …

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The Case of the Vanishing Wisconsin Deer Genetics

“We’ve got big whitetails because this area was restocked with deer from Wisconsin.” I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard a statement like this one, and if you hunt in the South like I do, you’ve heard it too. There’s probably no genetic connection whatsoever between Wisconsin stockers and present-day deer, …

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Deer Hunting In June

I just got back from a deer hunt… in June. Wait – don’t dial the Turn-in-Poachers Hotline. I was the guest of University of Georgia researchers who were darting deer and fitting them with GPS-tracking collars so they can study their movements. Getting a first-hand look at deer research in the field was a blast, …

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Know the Signs of HD: Hemorrhagic Disease

During the summer of 2011, regional outbreaks of hemorrhagic disease (HD) in white-tailed deer stole the headlines throughout portions of the Unites States. This – occurring just four years after the HD epidemic in 2007, the worst year for the disease in at least 50 years – helped to affirm it as the most significant …

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Rub Lines and Hunting Success: Part 1

From years of running trail-camera surveys on individual managed properties, I’ve become a firm believer that harvest success is often the greatest limiting factor to overall perceptions of Quality Deer Management success. It is one thing to produce a “biologically successful” program with an older buck age structure through proper management practices. It is a …

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