Quality Deer Management

The Reality of Doe:Buck Ratios

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Deer sex ratios are a common topic of conversation among whitetail hunters. Other than deer density, few subjects ignite controversy as quickly as a discussion of the number of does per buck in any given parcel of woods. There are many misunderstandings regarding sex ratios, so I’ll clearly define what they are, how they are …

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Hunter Density Across the U.S.

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Deer management strategies, techniques and opportunities vary widely across the whitetail’s range. Many variables impact deer management programs including winter severity, annual precipitation, soil quality, available cover types and hunting culture. One additional variable that carries tremendous weight, but is often overlooked, is the amount of hunting pressure in a given area. In general, hunting …

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QDM Practiced Here: The Benefits of Boundary Signs

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As long as QDMA has produced property boundary signs with messages like “QDM Practiced Here,” some people have reacted to them negatively: “You’d be crazy to put that sign on your hunting land! You’re inviting poachers and trespassers to come kill big bucks!” I believe it is more likely that good things will come from …

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The Guy Next Door

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Ah, a beautiful autumn day in my favorite stand! Everything is just right for me to harvest a mature buck. I clutch my rifle tightly. My senses are sharp and I am as alert as a lion waiting to pounce on an unsuspecting wildebeest in the tall African grass. I hear a dull crack, a …

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The Rewards of Restraint

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Look carefully at the trail-camera photo above, taken by QDMA member and private lands biologist Joe Lacefield of Kentucky. I love this photo because it captures part of the spirit of Quality Deer Management in a single image. Here is a hunter (Joe’s brother, Dickey Lacefield) in a tree, on a beautiful day, in possession of …

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