Kansas Deer Facing a Potential Outbreak of Footrot Disease

Tim Donges, a QDMA Life Member from Kansas, is watching bucks die of an apparent outbreak of a disease known as “footrot.” Healthy bucks he had watched during the 2016 hunting season started appearing in trail-camera photos with crippling hoof problems in December. “I just put down a big non-typical on Christmas Eve, under instruction …

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This Trail-Camera Code May Help You Track Bucks

If you love to run trail-cameras over scrapes to inventory unique bucks where you hunt, then you’ve experienced the love/hate relationship of sorting and tracking the hundreds or thousands of photos that can quickly fill flash cards during the rut. I just picked up a super tip from a QDMA member that will help me …

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How to Conduct a Spring Pellet Count

The snow is gone, and that means it’s time to collect some data on the deer herd. How many does should you shoot this fall? Take the first step to answering that now with a spring pellet survey. This is not a camera survey – I’ll do that this summer. This is not an observation …

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When Doe Fawns Breed, It’s a Good Sign

Some doe fawns breed and conceive in their first fall, at around six to eight months of age. The percentage that do this is determined by nutrition – they attain sexual maturity if they reach a specific weight threshold. In general, southern fawns reach it at approximately 70 pounds and northern fawns at approximately 80 …

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