Quality Deer Management

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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What Triggers the Whitetail Rut?

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Whitetails are rutting somewhere in their range from August through February. Amazingly, they breed over this seven-month period just in the state of Florida! Let’s look at the factors that lead to widely varying breeding dates, and you’ll also see how practicing Quality Deer Management can make the rut more obvious and more exciting where …

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Kip’s Korner: The Pre-Season Camp Meeting

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Labor Day has passed, and the unofficial end of summer means archery season is nearly upon us. We’ve even had our first frost in north-central Pennsylvania. Dawn arrived on September 6 with a heavy sheet of ice on my truck’s windshield. That was exactly 102 days since our last frost on May 27. One hundred …

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Mapping Antler Expectations

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All wildlife biologists learn in their first ecology class about a relationship called Bergmann’s Rule: within a species, or group of similar species, body size increases with latitude from south to north. It’s assumed this adaptation is related to thermoregulation in extremely cold and warm environments. The bigger your body is in a cold environment, …

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QDM vs. Trophy and Traditional Deer Management

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Quality Deer Management (QDM) is a household name to modern day deer hunters. You can’t pick up a hunting magazine, watch outdoor television, or talk to the guys at camp without seeing or hearing the letters QDM. The rise in popularity of QDM is a good thing for deer, other wildlife species, habitats and hunters. …

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