Quality Deer Management

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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How Many Rubs Does a Buck Make?

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Not seeing many rubs and scrapes in your area? This may be directly related to an absence of older bucks. Just how many rubs does a whitetail buck make each year? That depends on the buck’s age, and older bucks make more rubs. According to the University of Georgia’s Dr. Karl V. Miller, one mature …

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