While I am no QDMer I have been known to plant some food plots and fertilize some oak trees. I also shoot lots of does, but in all honesty I have always done that. Even before I ever heard of QDM, I just filled tags. Do I think my food plots or increased mast crop help the herd? Sure, in some ways, but I also am not under any illusions that my 100 acre farm is now a deer paradise with the healthiest deer in the county. My main objective is to control deer movement, my land is too small for much else but if there is food and cover I will always have oppurtunities at whitetails, and yes they are usually fat healthy ones I draw out of the thick loggong cutovers bordering our landl, I like to think I may have aided in that part.
I guess what I am saying is I see what Donut is saying to a point because realistically QDMers are the minority by a long shot. Yet whitetail populations remain strong, lots of monsters are being killed each season(all over the states), and overall even with traditional managemnet still outweighing QDM whitetail hunting is doing quite well.
A real QDM program is just not practical for most hunters.
I'll expound on that last part briefly. Most hunters don't own large tracts of land, most hunters don't have "cooperative" neighboring landowners/ clubs, most hunters don't have the resources to fully participate in a real QDM program(time and money). It takes all of those things to really practice QDM not to mention it could be 5-10 years before you see real results. Many hunters can't even keep the same land anywhere near that amount of time due to urban sprawl, development, losing leases, etc.
So do I think my food plots, doe harvests, etc help? Sure, is it a real QDM system? Not hardly. In all honesty the years I do nothing on the farm I don't notice much differnence at all.
Since we were quoting the QDM site earlier I thought it was important to include these quotes from their site as well.
Is QDM for all Hunters?
Not necessarily. But a growing number of hunters have progressed to a stage in their hunting that reflects a change in values and a desire for a "different" hunting experience. Involvement in QDM is simply an alternative to traditional deer management. Originally, only large properties (1,000 acres or more) were involved in QDM, but smaller properties are now participating through the formation of QDM cooperatives comprised of several smaller properties with similar objectives.
The bolded part above is important because most of us hunt small tracts of land and the "coop" concept is very hard to accomplish as evidenced by this threads origin. Another quote below.
Is QDM Right for You?
Quality deer management is not a panacea and many things should be considered before implementing QDM practices on your hunting land. If you answer yes to the following questions, QDM may be right for you. · Do you have enough acreage to manage your deer population without being severely affected by hunting pressure on adjacent properties? If not, will your neighbors join you and possibly others in forming a QDM cooperative? · Is the habitat on your hunting property adequate to produce and maintain a healthy deer herd? If not, do you and your hunting companions have the funds, equipment, and commitment to manage and improve the habitat? · Do the deer-hunting regulations in your state allow enough flexibility to manage your herd? Does your state wildlife agency encourage and assist landowners with management and allow adequate doe harvests? · Are you and your hunting companions prepared to commit to a long-term (often five or more years) management program? · Do you and your hunting companions understand the financial, time, and energy commitments and have realistic expectations regarding a QDM program?
When considering QDM, realistic expectations must be stressed. Management goals should be set with the potential of the local herd in mind. As a quality herd becomes established, it is important not to let expectations exceed the capabilities of the herd or habitat. Significant changes to deer herds and deer habitats do not happen overnight and often take several years to become obvious.
Most people can't answer yes to these questions so do what you can but be realistic in understanding you probably aint doing much. Good luck to all whatever route you choose.[:D]
By the way JPH, I enjoyed the article this month(or was it last month), either way some good stuff in there.