Quality whitetails: the why and how of quality deer by R. Larry Marchinton, Karl V. Miller

By R. Larry Marchinton, Karl V. Miller

Administration programmes from best deer biologists and deer searching authors. Discusses how and whilst hunters should still harvest greenbacks and antlerless deer, and the way to make sure a greater likelihood of having that champion greenback.

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Matt Knox, and David C. Guynn, Jr. Page 26 and lactation have little meaning unless matched to age class. In time, knowing the age structure allows the reconstruction of deer populations to help set harvest goals. Finally, hunters and managers alike must learn to recognize different age classes of bucks in the field. As the hunter-consumer becomes the hunter-manager, his role in maintaining a more natural deer herd increases. Severinghaus (1949) first reported white-tailed deer could be aged with reasonable accuracy by tooth wear and replacement patterns.

QDM on Public Hunting Areas Although QDM is most easily practiced on private lands, the philosophy has such broad appeal that it is beginning to appear on public lands. Mississippi, South Carolina, Georgia, and Wisconsin have public areas under quality management. The Sandhill Wildlife Area near Babcock, Wisconsin, has been managed as a research area since 1974, exploring innovation in managing deer and hunters (see chapter 14). Georgia is experimenting with QDM on a countywide basis. Regulations state that bucks must have a minimum 15-inch outside spread to be legal game in Dooly County.

Photograph by Gerald Moore. Quality Deer Management Failures The most common failure of quality management occurs when groups with small tracts surrounded by heavily hunted areas try to go it alone. Even under optimum conditions, the return on passing up young bucks is not 100 percent. Dispersal, natural mortality, and illegal hunting lower the return. This ''cost" varies with management conditions. Quality management also fails when a group decides during the summer to begin a quality management program, then reverts to a traditional buck harvest during the season.

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