Quality Deer Management

Sanctuaries: Attract, Protect, Hold, Hunt

As the Quality Deer Management philosophy becomes further anchored as the dominant mindset among whitetail hunters, achieving greater numbers of mature bucks is not the hurdle it once was. Instead, there’s another hurdle: Killing them. Answering that challenge is the “sanctuary,” a landscape feature that has recently become a familiar part of conversations about hunting …

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Quality Deer Management on Six Acres?

“I am a current member of QDMA and I have a question about size of land for deer management. We are thinking about purchasing a 6-acre parcel of land. This land has a natural stream running through it, and it is mostly wooded. Would this be enough property to have at least one food plot …

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The Real Trophy

Prior to the advent of Quality Deer Management (QDM), yearling bucks comprised 70 to 90 percent of annual harvests throughout much of the whitetail’s range. In those days of traditional deer management, most 2½-year-old bucks were considered trophies due to the fact that they were rare and usually larger than the yearlings. There was a …

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QDM: Frequently Asked Questions

Why practice QDM? Do I have to wait for a “wallhanger” or a “trophy” before I can kill a buck? I hunted all season and did not see a buck that was legal under my club’s antler rules, and none of the bucks in my trail-camera pictures were legal either. Does this mean QDM is …

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Avoid the Road-Trip Fantasy

When hunters say they tried Quality Deer Management (QDM) and found it doesn’t work, you can usually listen to each story and find the real problem. There are a handful of common story-lines I hear, and one of these is the Road-Trip Fantasy. It goes like this: Hunter travels to _____ (insert name of state …

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