Quality Deer Management

Why I Belong in QDMA

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

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

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

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?

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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