Quality Deer Management

An Open Letter to the Guy Who Can’t Eat Horns

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I know you. You can’t help yourself. You’re that person who retorts on pretty much every message board or social media post about big bucks, quality bucks or just bucks in general with that predictable, five-word phrase: “You can’t eat the horns.” In as few words as possible, you shout volumes about where you stand …

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QDM Cooperatives: All the Cool Kids are Doing It

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What do bell-bottoms, pegged jeans, parachute pants or in todays era, skinny jeans, have to do with deer management? Two words: peer pressure. Our friends wore them, so we wore them. Luckily, I have discovered the pegged-jean equivalent of a technique that will help improve your deer hunting this fall. In my experience working with …

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Why I Belong in QDMA

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If you were to sit 10 QDMA members down and ask each of them why they joined the organization, there is a good chance you would get 10 distinct responses. Some might say they joined for the educational resources offered by QDMA, while others might have joined to make a difference in their community. Whatever …

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The Buck That Brought Neighbors Together

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When my neighbor Lucas Kennard saw his first trail-camera photo of the “Big 6,” he spoke out loud his first thought: “Whoa!” The view of the deer walking through a brassica plot in velvet revealed a tall, narrow, 6-point rack with curling brow tines estimated to be about 8 inches long. A few days after …

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Kill the Right Bucks

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Where is the line that separates bucks you will try to kill this year from the bucks you won’t? Maybe it’s between bucks with six antler points and those with more. Maybe it’s based on inside spread, beam length or gross score. With a little homework using local information, you can devise an antler-based rule …

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