Prepare Now to Collect Deer Harvest Data

Scouting is on every serious deer hunter’s agenda as the hot, dry summer gives way to our long-awaited fall hunting season. One of the four cornerstones of QDM is herd monitoring. Many hunters/managers are conducting trail-camera surveys to get a better idea of the herd’s adult sex ratio, deer density, fawn recruitment, and of course, …

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A Leg Up: Judging Buck Age From Body Proportions

Is there a wall or door somewhere in your childhood home bearing pencil marks that track your height through the years? If we could just as easily track the body proportions of whitetail bucks as they grow, it would be a great help in estimating their age each time we see them again. I received …

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How to Run a Trail-Camera Survey

A trail-camera survey – put simply – is the most powerful herd monitoring tool you can use that doesn’t require the assistance of a professional wildlife biologist. On your own, you can estimate deer density, sex ratio, buck age structure, fawn recruitment and more – tons of information that will guide you in achieving Quality …

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5 Tips for Photographing Mature Bucks

A number of trail-camera images in QDMA’s book, Deer Cameras: The Science of Scouting, belong to Todd Reabe of Brillion, Wisconsin. Todd is a QDMA member who, over many years, has shared numerous trail-camera photos with QDMA. His collection is noteworthy because it includes a noticeably high number of mature bucks on trails or using …

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6 Shed-Hunting Tips

QDMA interviewed several of our members who are avid shed antler hunters and collectors. The information, part of an article in QDMA’s Quality Whitetails magazine, included these useful tips for locating sheds: 1. Use infrared-triggered trail-cameras to monitor antler shedding. Begin hunting sheds as soon as most or all bucks in the photos have dropped …

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