5 Tips for Photographing Mature Bucks

A number of trail-camera images in QDMA’s book, Deer Cameras: The Science of Scouting, belong to Todd Reabe of Brillion, Wisconsin. Todd is a QDMA member who, over many years, has shared numerous trail-camera photos with QDMA. His collection is noteworthy because it includes a noticeably high number of mature bucks on trails or using …

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6 Shed-Hunting Tips

The National Deer Association interviewed several of our members who are avid shed antler hunters and collectors. The information, part of an article in NDA’s Quality Whitetails magazine, included these useful tips for locating sheds: 1. Use trail-cameras to monitor antler shedding. Begin hunting sheds as soon as most or all bucks in the photos …

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The Ideal Buck Aging Photo

Since “Age This!” was launched in 2007, it has become a popular segment of QDMA’s Quality Whitetails magazine (In “Age This,” member-submitted photos of bucks are studied by a panel of five wildlife biologists who provide their estimates of each buck’s age, along with their reasons for the estimate). Aging bucks in photos is not …

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Detecting the Rut Peak

Fetal aging sounds like a technique used by Ob/Gyn doctors and ultrasound technicians, but deer managers can learn a lot about the population they’re managing by taking some annual fetal measurements. Joe Hamilton, QDMA’s founder, led a research project from 1979 to 1983 that ultimately developed the fetal-aging criteria and scale that deer managers throughout …

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Submit Your Buck Photos for “Age This!”

One of the most popular features of NDA’s Quality Whitetails magazine is “Age This!” We select trail-camera photos of bucks supplied by our members and submit them to a panel of five wildlife biologists who are experienced at estimating the ages of deer on the hoof. Magazine readers then get to see the panel’s age estimates …

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