7 Sins of Aging Bucks on the Hoof

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When you’re practicing QDM, the most effective way to select bucks for harvest is by setting a minimum age, so throughout its history QDMA has helped hunters learn to estimate the ages of live bucks. The advent of trail-cameras brought this conversation to the forefront of deer hunting, since now we could capture, study and …

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Ask QDMA: When is a Buck Mature Enough to Kill?

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Brian Herring of South Carolina sent in this Ask QDMA query: “When is a buck mature enough to shoot? And, with a lot of it’s-brown-it’s-down hunters nearby, is passing the buck actually worth it? What’s not a trophy to one person could be a giant to another, so do you make them pass on their …

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Which Doe Should You Take?

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The QDMA promotes harvesting an adequate number of does to keep deer populations in balance with available resources like forage and cover. This leads to a discussion of how many does to shoot, since “adequate” could mean a lot, a few, or no does at all, depending on the situation. Once an appropriate doe-harvest goal …

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10 Former Whitetail Hotties That Did Not Age Well

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I hate clickbait headlines as much as you do, but I’m not above using them to get you to read this blog. Don’t worry, I won’t disappoint: I’m definitely going to show you some whitetail bucks that have not aged well, and there’s a serious point to be made with this collection of photos. When …

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Ask QDMA: What’s the Best Doe:Buck Ratio?

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Jonathan Dendy of Tennessee sent in this Ask QDMA query: “I have a question about keeping a good doe:buck ratio. What is the ideal doe:buck ratio for my hunting area?” Kip Adams, a certified wildlife biologist and our Director of Education & Outreach, supplied an answer for Jonathan in the Facebook video shown below. There …

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