thanks for ur response swamplife and I do agree with you on that email you sent me... but I haven't figured out how you people get these dang QUOTES posted on this forum lol
the quote button is at the top right corner of each post.
but if you are not taking mature bucks on a faily consistant basis than you are not doing what you should do or are being misslead somewhere .
I arguably hunt one of the toughest deer herds in the nation. Poor habitat, poor genetics, no sound deer management within hundreds of miles, low deer density, gators, snakes, waist high cypress swamps choked with vegetation, mosquitoes, 90* days during archery(now imagine scent control) and orange visible in every direction during gun...
but I still pull out decent bone every year, off public land.
Those are some nice pictures from deer hunting Heaven but I hunt in deer hunting Hell. I would love to see you attempt to do what I do, where i do it.
But I am still at a loss as to how all of this is relevant to the contradictions i pointed out in my last post. Nice way to dance around it though, with the pics and bragging and everything, but a simple "I was wrong" would have sufficed.
Oh, and don't get me wrong m8, I kinda like you and your super-opinionated posts and whatnot. For the most part I agree with what you have been typing.
Oh, and for the record, some of the hands down greatest deer hunters I have ever known have never killed a 'mature' buck.
I believe that DDH used it as an attention getter and magazine seller. I know I grabbed the magazine and flipped to the article immediately. There really was nothing there that I have not heard before. Having been actively involved in QDM for 20 years, I think I have seen and heard most every possible concern with the concept, with basically none of them standing up. If you have studied the concept from its early days in Texas, you will quickly see that this concept has evolved into a great variety of things, many of them with no real connection to the QDMA ideas.
I know that I personally have never been happier with the concepts. It is truly a 365 day a year activity for my family. The Biology is very solid and as a Wildlife Biologist, this is where I think most people are lacking. The lack of education is still a great concern of mine, and it shouldn't be. People have had their expectations expanded to a point that there is no way that they can meet them. The uneducated media is part to blame. They try to sell these "false hopes and dreams" and then blame the concept when it fails. Not every buck is going to be a 180" deer at 4 years of age...... but if you get enough of them to 2-3 years of age the percent that do make it to 4+ increases greatly and thusly you are "telling me I have a chance" at a true genetically superior deer but these are still very rare in most areas.
Most areas in the country are still in the "learning" area of QDM. I know that the younger generation would never consider anything but QDM and this alone will carry it into the future.
ORIGINAL: 3 to 1
I think QDM is over rated. In the REAL " middle class" world you try to wait for something nice to walk past your tree stand; but in the end you take what GOD gives you. I wish the web site would get a new poll question.
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