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.

Can Deer See Blaze Orange?

It’s a question as old as blaze-orange vests and caps. Hunters worry that their required safety-orange apparel will give them away to the sharp eyes of deer. After much research into deer vision capabilities and the physical structure of deer eyes, University of Georgia researchers Dr. Karl V. Miller and Dr. Gino D’Angelo wrote an …

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When Do Bucks Visit Scrapes?

Have you ever set up on a fresh scrape, only to sit for hours and not see a thing? Well, wildlife researchers have shown that most scraping activity (nearly 85 percent) occurs at night. So, hunting directly over a scrape may not be the best strategy during early November to catch a glimpse of that …

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Spike On One Side: Genetics or Injury?

Among hunters, few topics stir discussion like hunting over bait or hunting deer with dogs – but the dispute over “cull bucks” comes close. While ethics play a major role in other debates, the dispute over cull bucks boils down to science – something that should not be debatable. Hopefully I can present some information …

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How Many Rubs Does a Buck Make?

Not seeing many rubs and scrapes in your area? This may be directly related to an absence of older bucks. Just how many rubs does a whitetail buck make each year? That depends on the buck’s age, and older bucks make more rubs. According to the University of Georgia’s Dr. Karl V. Miller, one mature …

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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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