Quality Deer Management

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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Take QDM One Step at a Time

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Loading 250 pounds of free weights on a bar is not how you should start a weight-training program. Signing up for a 5K is not how you should prepare yourself to become a jogger. And looking for a 5½-year-old 10-pointer under your stand is not how you should launch a Quality Deer Management effort. Whether …

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VIDEO: Why Is Buck Age Important in QDM?

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Age is very important in a QDM program for a number of reasons, from tracking improvements in buck body and antler sizes to evaluating doe harvest levels. By measuring your buck harvest success based on age, instead of comparing antler size to deer in other regions, you can visualize your QDM success relative to the …

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Build a Guide to Your Most Huntable Bucks

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As your shed antler collection grows each spring, do this: Go back and try to match each shed you find to trail-camera photos in your collection from the previous fall. Do it for every antler, large or small. You’ll end up with a useful portrait of the local buck population like the one shown above, …

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Discussing QDM Over Coffee

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Coffee equals wisdom. It must. The sheer amount being consumed by contractors, farmers, retired civil servants and general purveyors of anything and everything is proof. In a recent conversation with some community elders, I made some discoveries about time-honored traditions and ideas about managing property for deer hunting. I was the youngest person by 15 …

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