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  • Harvesting Cull Bucks – Pitfall or Panacea?
    Story : Posted 10-18-2011

    Harvesting Cull Bucks – Pitfall or Panacea?

    Hunters for many years have agreed that lesser bucks need to be culled to help improve deer genetics. But is this logic sound? And are these techniques based in Whitetail Science? QDMA's Brian Murphy takes an in-depth look into harvesting cull bucks.

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  • Iowa Pheasant Decline: What has Happened?
    Story : Posted 10-17-2011

    Iowa Pheasant Decline: What has Happened?

    Iowa pheasant hunters harvested more than one million birds annually 33 times since 1962. Since 2000, that's happened only twice. In the upcoming season, the projected harvest of 150,000 to 200,000 is expected to set another record low.

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  • Quality Deer Management Cooperatives
    Story : Posted 10-17-2011

    Quality Deer Management Cooperatives

    A QDM Cooperative is a group of landowners and hunters working together to improve the quality of the deer herd and hunting experiences on their collective acreage. Cooperatives vary in size, number of participants, and structure depending on the needs and objectives of members.

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  • Shoot ‘em Early or Shoot ‘em Late
    Story : Posted 10-17-2011

    Shoot ‘em Early or Shoot ‘em Late

    With an increasing number of hunters involved in deer management programs on their properties, a common topic of debate is when during the hunting season to harvest does and how this decision will affect their hunting and management success.

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  • Solving Mature Buck Mysteries
    Story : Posted 10-17-2011

    Solving Mature Buck Mysteries

    While bowhunters rarely agree on much, few disagree that something magical occurs when a whitetail buck reaches 4.5 years of age. Sure, their antlers are typically larger than the previous year, but I'm referring to other changes which make them significantly more difficult to harvest, especially with stick and string.

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  • The Science of Deer Vision
    Story : Posted 10-17-2011

    The Science of Deer Vision

    It's happened to every bowhunter—a deer spots you for no apparent reason while perfectly concealed. Was it your scent, your noise, your movement, or perhaps what you were wearing?

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  • Three Utah Hunters Face Felony Charges
    Story : Posted 10-17-2011

    Three Utah Hunters Face Felony Charges

    Two poaching cases in northern Utah are a sad reminder that poaching is a wasteful activity that reduces opportunities for ethical hunters. And, if you're the person who commits the violation, poaching can empty your bank account and put you behind bars.

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  • To Cull or Not to Cull - Reasons for Abnormal Antlers in White-tailed Deer
    Story : Posted 10-17-2011

    To Cull or Not to Cull - Reasons for Abnormal Antlers in White-tailed Deer

    Antlers vary considerably in size and shape according to age, nutrition, genetics, disease, injury and many other factors. As a result, hunters and managers commonly record, analyze, and discuss various antler criteria to determine which bucks should be

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  • Understanding a Buck's Personal Signature - the Tarsal Gland
    Story : Posted 10-17-2011

    Understanding a Buck's Personal Signature - the Tarsal Gland

    Any deer hunter who has harvested a buck during the rut is familiar with the unmistakable odor emanating from his tarsal glands. While other glands play important roles in whitetail communication, none is more important than the tarsal. In many respects, this gland functions as a deer's personal signature – its unique identification card.

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  • Using Advanced Doe Management Strategies to Manipulate Fawn Sex Ratios
    Story : Posted 10-17-2011

    Using Advanced Doe Management Strategies to Manipulate Fawn Sex Ratios

    While the sex ratio of fawns at birth across a large region is roughly 50-50, research has identified factors which can skew this toward one sex or the other on a local basis.

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