4 Lessons About Antlers and Deer Age from a Simple Chart

It’s difficult to overstate the value of this chart for anyone trying to improve their deer hunting. It was produced by New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for their annual deer harvest summary, and it shows gross antler score by age for nearly 3,000 bucks killed by New York hunters from 2015 to 2017, …

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The Facts About Crossbows in the Deer Woods

Few discussions engage as many hunters as which rifle is the best – Remington or Winchester, .243 or .270, wood or laminate stock? One discussion that can rival it is crossbow use. Crossbows can be a polarizing topic in the archery world, but their use during deer season continues to expand. We’ve monitored crossbow use …

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Trail-Camera Catches a Bobcat Catching a Fawn

In early July, QDMA member Robert Newcom of Kentucky saw a fawn hanging out in a quarter-acre clover patch, so he repositioned a nearby trail-camera to see if the fawn would come back. He ended up capturing the fawn and its mother on film – as well as the fawn’s untimely fate. “There was a …

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Fawns are the Fix for Most Deer-Hunting “Mistakes”

I bring good news to all deer hunters who think they made some “mistake” last season or feel like “disaster” struck: The arrival of fawns each spring is the annual correction that makes it difficult for us to do long-term damage to deer populations. Some Quality Deer Managers believe they are supposed to be managing …

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Meeting a Deer’s Summer Nutritional Demands

Pursuing Quality Deer Management goals can be a year-round endeavor, but the importance of your management efforts are higher in spring and summer than perhaps any other time of year. Adults can lose 15 to 30 percent of their body weight during winter. This loss must be recovered quickly in time for a buck’s body …

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