Bucks Are More Visible When Deer Hunters Harvest Does
Nov 9, 2022Ben Westfall
“If you shoot a bunch of does, you won’t see any bucks!” I have heard this phrase and its variations time and time again over my years as a deer hunter, land manager and biologist….
The Dwindling Doe Harvest
Jul 2, 2018Kip Adams
The year was 1999. We were on the cusp of a new century. The Yankees won the World Series for the 25th time. The Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl for the second time, and…
How Many Does Should You Harvest? Ask Yourself These 24 Questions.
Sep 19, 2017Matt Ross
Follow Matt on Instagram. Not everyone managing a hunting property needs to take does. But everyone should ask themselves each year whether or not they need to. There are a number of factors to consider,…
At What Age Can a Fawn Survive Without Its Doe?
Nov 14, 2016Kip Adams
Should I shoot a doe with fawns? Ask QDMAWe are often asked if it’s okay to shoot a doe with fawns. Kip Adams, a wildlife biologist and QDMA’s Director of Education and Outreach, answers that…
Which Doe Should You Take?
Sep 14, 2016Kip Adams
The QDMA promotes harvesting an adequate number of does to keep deer populations in balance with available resources like forage and cover. This leads to a discussion of how many does to shoot, since “adequate”…
Have We Killed Too Many Does?
Mar 9, 2015Matt Ross
With all the recent hubbub in the general outdoor media about deer harvests being down, as well as within the pages of the newly released 2015 QDMA Whitetail Report, I’m confident there are literally thousands…
Taking Does Can Actually Increase Fawn Production
Sep 25, 2014Lindsay Thomas Jr.
You’ve heard some people say they never shoot does “because that is like killing next year’s fawns.” While this sounds logical, it’s not always the correct approach. Doe harvest isn’t always necessary, but when it…
5 Reasons to Take Does Early
Aug 15, 2012Lindsay Thomas Jr.
When the density of deer where you hunt exceeds the ability of the habitat to support those deer in healthy condition, it’s time to take an appropriate number of does to bring balance (and balance…
QDM: Frequently Asked Questions
Mar 14, 2012Lindsay Thomas Jr.
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…
Harvesting the Right Number of Deer
Mar 9, 2012Kip Adams
In other articles, we’ve talked about harvesting the right number of does and bucks in your QDM program. Once you set your harvest goals, it is critical that you monitor the results by collecting harvest…