gregd548 wrote:For what it's worth, the area we hunt is paper-company owned CFR land, with basically the same hunters that have been hunting the same spots for many years. We tried a shoot-nothing with 6-points or less for 5 years: everyone agreed to, and followed, the rule diligently. At this point in time we have noted not one difference in the quality, or quantity, of the deer herd in our area. This year, with a take-whatever-you-want agreement in place, the largest buck taken & seen was a 7-pointer. Several years prior to our self-imposed rules, at least a few 8-point or bigger bucks were taken, but now, after "sparing" the small one for a few years, all we see are spikes & forks. At least in our area, QDM is a total waste of time & effort.
I would have to disagree. For QDM to work properly you'll have to first be set on taking out the does and those bucks that are mature but lacking in racks (size, quality, etc). I wouldn't shoot anything under a 6-point. However our state regulations make it basically an 8 point or larger (3 tines excluding brow so you could theoretically shoot a six point). QDM is really tough in our area as well because there are only ever a couple "shooters" each year on the property. I think the biggest thing is trying to get the bad genetics out of the area first. Along with the "shooting restrictions" I believe you need to make sure you weed out bad genetics and provide at least some sort of year round browse in order to keep the perennial larger deer staying in the area. It's really an all or none thing in my opinion. If you really put in the time, money, and effort it will pay off (I've seen this on our family hunting camp). Going at it half speed will not yield the results you desire.