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NATIONAL QDMA ARTICLES
KIP'S CORNER - JUNE 2011 - "AGING BUCKS"
by Kip Adams, QDMA Director of Education and Outreach, Northern Region

Big bucks are old and small bucks are young, right? Absolutely - not. Like humans, some bucks grow exceptionally large bodies, even at a young age, while others can be relatively small at maturity. With the increased practice of allowing bucks to
reach older age classes, and an increased interest in determining the exact age of harvested bucks, we have a great opportunity to learn more about age-specific body characteristics and overall antler and body growth patterns.
In general, bucks increase in body size and antler growth annually. However this doesn't mean every 3-year-old is larger than every 2-year-old, or that every 4-year-old has larger antlers than every 3-year-old. Body size and antler growth are
largely impacted by age and the amount and quality of available forage, but some bucks are genetically small in stature (think Tom Cruise) while some are genetically large (think Shaquille O'Neal). It doesn't matter how long Tom Cruise lives or how
much high-quality food he eats, he'll never be as big as Shaq.
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KIP'S CORNER - March 2011 "58 DEER STATS"
by Kip Adams, QDMA Director of Education and Outreach, Northern Region

"If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." We've all been given that advice by an authority figure a time or two in our life, and most of us have had to bite our tongue a time or two as a result. While few agree with everything related to their state/provincial deer management program, it's easy to find something good to say about each of them. QDMA has members in all 50 states and Canadian provinces, so here is a "nice" stat taken from QDMA's 2011 Whitetail Report specific to each.
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KIP'S CORNER - December 2010 "2010 RUT"
by Kip Adams, QDMA Director of Education and Outreach, Northern Region

"Hunters anxiously anticipate arrival of the breeding season in their areas. The rut provides deer behavior and activity that can make even the most tenured whitetail hunter's heart race. With respect to breeding activity, 2010 was "business as usual" for some and anything but normal for others. To analyze the relative timing and intensity of the 2010 rut I surveyed approximately 41,000 hunters in QDMA's database on November 24, 2010 and received responses from 4,557 (2 percent) by December 31, 2010."
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KIP'S CORNER - JUNE 2010 "HUNTING LICENSE PRICES"
by Kip Adams, QDMA Director of Education and Outreach, Northern Region

While all agencies offer licenses at bargain rates, let's compare each state, province and region to see who is
getting a good deal and who is getting a great one.So, where does your state or province rank? Mine (PA) is just below the average for my region and nearly $6 below the U.S. and Canada average. Maybe that is why my state agency has unfilled positions and had to cut programs and services during the past few years. Unfortunately, it's not alone. Many states are losing positions and operating funds. Whether you like your state agency or not, I hope you realize our natural resources suffer from underfunded agencies. The next time you buy your hunting license take a moment to realize how much you get for that special piece of paper. You may even consider adding $1 or more to support wildlife and/or your local venison donation program.
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KIP'S KORNER - MARCH 2010 - "Cyber Deer"
by Kip Adams, QDMA Director of Education and Outreach, Northern Region

As a hunter, what is the best way to gain access to a piece of property? By demonstrating you are knowledgeable about the game you're pursuing, ethical in your actions, and safe and proficient with your sporting arm or bow. Today's society has less tolerance for irresponsible hunters, and many landowners have less tolerance for irresponsible hunters.
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KIP'S KORNER - DECEMBER 2009 - "Antlered Buck Harvest"
by Kip Adams, QDMA Director of Education and Outreach, Northern Region

The 2009-10 deer season is closed or nearing so for states across the whitetail's range, and biologists will be crunching data in the coming months to assess the outcome of this past season. Until that data is available, let's look at harvest data from the two most recent seasons - 2007/08 and 2008/09.
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Kip’s Korner, September 2009 - Buck Fawn Harvest
by Kip Adams, QDMA Director of Education and Outreach, Northern Region

"The most important tenet of Quality Deer Management (QDM) is to balance the deer herd with the habitat’s ability to support it. Critics often speak of trophy bucks and antlers as the driving force, but hunters and managers who truly delve into the QDM philosophy quickly learn the correct number of deer for the landscape comes first, followed by balanced sex ratios and complete age structures. Fortunately, you can work on these three objectives simultaneously by harvesting the biologically appropriate number of antlerless deer and passing young bucks."
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Kip’s Korner, March 2009 - Fawn Recruitment Rates
by Kip Adams, QDMA Director of Education and Outreach, Northern Region

"Herd monitoring is an important but often overlooked QDM Cornerstone. Some managers neglect to collect the appropriate data because they’re not sure how to use it for management purposes. With a little help in analysis and interpretation, managers can use the data they collect to assess the status of their management program within their respective state, as well as compare how well they stack up to other states and/or regions."
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December 2008 - Aging on the Hoof
by Kip Adams, QDMA Director of Education and Outreach, Northern Region

"Harvesting white-tailed bucks based on age is becoming an increasingly common management strategy. To implement this practice, hunters must have the ability to accurately age bucks on the hoof based on their body characteristics, an ability that most hunters considered impossible a decade ago. Today however, hunters across the whitetail's range are estimating the age of bucks in the field as a means for selective harvest within Quality Deer Management programs or merely for the fun of it. "<<more>>

June 2008 - Deer Harvest Trends
by Kip Adams
"Interest in Quality Deer Management (QDM) has increased dramatically during the past decade and many states have implemented regulations to improve the health and quality of their deer herd(s) and habitat(s). Such regulations include buck harvest restrictions to reduce the harvest rate of yearlings and allow more bucks to reach older age classes, and increased antlerless opportunities designed to balance deer herds with the habitat." <<more>>

March 2008 - Evolution of a Small Property
by Jim Jenzano
"Our Pennsylvania hunting camp began in 1967 when my father,
Joseph Jenzano, purchased 13 acres of land. Over the years he continued to add more land that adjoined our original property, and today we own 190 acres of mixed farmland and woods in north-central Pennsylvania" <<more>>

February 2008 - Habitat Management
by Kip Adams
"Quality Deer Management (QDM) continues to increase in popularity across North America. As hunters develop a more complete understanding of QDM, the importance of habitat quality takes a larger role." <<more>>

December 2007 - Deer-Vehicle Collisions
by Kip Adams
"Some areas within the whitetail's range in the U.S. have low deer densities but many have abundant or overabundant herds. Overabundant herds cause hundreds of millions in damage each year to the forestry and agricultural industries" <<more>>

July 2007 - Do-It-Yourself Deer Surveys
by Jason R. Snavely
"Few topics related to white-tailed deer are discussed by a more diverse segment of society than are population levels. Deer numbers, whether defined at the local, county or state level affect each of us in some way." <<more>>

June 2007 - The "Modern" Deer Hunter
by Kip Adams
"Webster's dictionary defines modern as "characteristic of recent times." With respect to hunting, then what is a modern deer hunter? Is it a hunter who wears the most recent camouflage pattern?" <<more>>

March 2007 - Suburban QDM
by Kip Adams
"Urban and suburban deer management are among the most pressing challenges for state wildlife agencies and local municipalities. Many states struggle to reduce and/or maintain deer populations at appropriate levels in rural areas even with the willing aid of hunters. Some deer populations are difficult to control even with property access, proficient hunters and favorable hunting seasons and bag limits." <<more>>

December 2006 - Is Culling Necessary?
by Kip Adams
"Today many hunters are implementing deer management programs aimed at increasing the average age of bucks and the nutritional level for the deer herd. As they begin seeing more 2½ and older bucks, many managers become interested in improving the third piece of the antler formula - genetics." <<more>>

October 2006 - Apples for Deer
by Kent Kammermeyer
"Nothing remains static. I evolved from growing apples for people 15 years ago to growing apples for wildlife today. What's the difference? Its huge. My home orchard in 1986 had Lodi, Golden Delicious and Red Delicious apple trees." <<more>>

August 2006 - Social Stress of an Overpopulated Deer Herd
by Jason R. Snavely
"Whether they are willing to admit it or not, most deer hunters want high deer populations on the areas they hunt. This is a natural desire since frequent interactions with deer are what they seek." <<more>>