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.

Weird Whitetail Buck Had a Mane!

When I opened an e-mail from QDMA member Tony Smith of Wisconsin, I learned something new about whitetails: very rarely they grow manes of short, bristly hair on the backs of their necks. The photos above and below show a buck that Tony and his son Elliott named “Righty.” They photographed him in 2012 and …

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Adrianna’s First Deer: A Doe with Antlers

Driven by the memory of tasty venison dishes at her grandparent’s home, Adrianna Cockerill of Eastover, South Carolina, was determined to become a deer hunter and carry the family tradition of providing deer meat for the table. She didn’t hunt on August 15, opening day of the 2014 deer season in eastern South Carolina because …

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Mystery of Three-Legged Wisconsin Buck Solved

An interesting mystery has been solved, but the end of the story of an incredible Wisconsin buck is not entirely a happy one. The mysterious buck first appeared in QDMA member Todd Reabe’s trail-camera in November 2012. It appeared healthy except for one obvious problem: Its right hind leg had been crippled in some mishap …

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GPS Reveals Early Season Buck Movement Patterns

You hear it all the time: A hunter gets a bunch of trail-camera photos of a buck early in the season and then, poof, the deer pulls a Houdini and disappears for the rest of the season. How nice would it be to track his movements and know exactly where he went? Well, that’s what …

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New Data On Buck Home-Range Size by Age

In the October/November 2014 issue of Quality Whitetails, the magazine received by QDMA members, deer researcher Clint McCoy shared what he learned about the effects of hunting pressure on buck movements. For his graduate-level research, he tracked the fine-scale movements of 37 different bucks wearing GPS collars on a 6,400-acre hunting site in South Carolina. …

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