Quality Deer Management

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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Rattling in a QDM’er

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One of the joys of Quality Deer Management (QDM) is the increased effectiveness of rattling, grunting and other techniques for attracting mature bucks. Rattling in a mature buck is a lot easier when there are mature bucks around to hear you. Where I hunt in coastal Georgia, rattling was useless until my dad, brother, sister …

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