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.

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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Will Dominant Bucks Dominate the Breeding?

“Do a handful of bucks sire the majority of the fawns?” This question is often followed with a series of questions, such as: “If the dominant buck in my area has narrow antlers, will I start seeing more narrow-antlered bucks?” Or… “If someone shoots the dominant buck early in the season will it upset the …

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The Antler Growth Bell Curve

There’s a simple rule underlying antler development in whitetail bucks that all hunters should understand. Awareness of this rule provides a bridge over many of the false expectations, myths, mistakes and frustrations that lie waiting along your path to QDM success. The rule is this: If you could know all the gross antler scores for …

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The Vomeronasal Organ

How Bucks Use the Vomeronasal Organ During the RutAre you primed for the rut? A whitetail buck has a special organ in the roof of its mouth that helps it get primed. In this video, our founder, Joe Hamilton, explains how the vomeronasal organ works. Posted by The Quality Deer Management Association on Monday, October …

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