Safe and ethical hunting.
Adherence to wildlife and trespass laws.
Adequate harvests of adult does.
Restraint in harvesting young bucks.
Hunter involvement in education and management.
Cooperation with wildlife biologists and enforcement officers.
Education of hunters and non-hunters toward a better understanding of wildlife management.
Stewardship and appreciation of all wildlife.
^^This is from QDMA's web site under Who We Are.^^
I still believe in it as I have done for the past 6 years. I will continue to plant the best food plots I can and harvest only older class bucks and manage doe herds. But I only own 35 acres so I can only hope my neighbors are doing the same. I will not give up even if they are not. I get more enjoyment out of planting, growing and preparing for deer season and the actual hunting, that is what it is all about for me.
...The doe shooting is what I see as the major problem with QDM....ppl just don't get the correct amount of information in a given area...to correctly gauge the number of doe to shoot or the right age class...
ORIGINAL: Woods Walker
...If you are doing QDM to manage your LAND as the primary goal, with a healthy deer herd (overall deer health/balanced sex ratios) as a BYPRODUCT, then you are on the right track. And by managing your ground, I DON'T mean making it a deer farm, with all kinds of exotic plantings and the like. I'm refering to managing the NATIVE species that you have, with maybe supplemental enhancements of the NATIVE species, so that all the wildlife in the area benefits.
WW: You do understand, I'm sure, that back in the days when harvesting does was prohibited or severely restricted, the reason was to continue building up the herd. Most states succeeded very well at that.
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