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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The Ideal Buck Aging Photo

Since “Age This!” was launched in 2007, it has become a popular segment of QDMA’s Quality Whitetails magazine (In “Age This,” member-submitted photos of bucks are studied by a panel of five wildlife biologists who provide their estimates of each buck’s age, along with their reasons for the estimate). Aging bucks in photos is not …

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Detecting the Rut Peak

Fetal aging sounds like a technique used by Ob/Gyn doctors and ultrasound technicians, but deer managers can learn a lot about the population they’re managing by taking some annual fetal measurements. Joe Hamilton, QDMA’s founder, led a research project from 1979 to 1983 that ultimately developed the fetal-aging criteria and scale that deer managers throughout …

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Submit Your Buck Photos for “Age This!”

One of the most popular features of QDMA’s Quality Whitetails magazine is “Age This!” We select trail-camera photos of bucks supplied by our members and submit them to a panel of five wildlife biologists who are experienced at estimating the ages of deer on the hoof. Magazine readers then get to see the panel’s age estimates …

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