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#3480932 - 12/02/13 06:38 PM Re: QDM paying off big time! [Re: Crosshairy]
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Love to hear of your success deaddownwind. I keep trying to tell people/hunters that it doesn't take a huge amount of money or a huge amount of land to see some successes with QDM harvest guidelines in place. Even just a patchwork quilt of properties practicing QDM will make a difference.

At the same time, I still want to caution many to not create unrealistic expectations FOR THEIR AREA. A hunter must take into account the level of over-all hunting pressure, and the quality of the local habitat before setting goals. Sky-high goals in an area of limited potential is going to lead to some unhappy and disgruntled hunters.

What I'm getting at is there are places in TN where simply allowing bucks a couple more years of age will produce a considerable number of 125-135 gross bucks, and even a few 150+ inch bucks each year. But that isn't the case for MOST of TN.
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#3480951 - 12/02/13 06:55 PM Re: QDM paying off big time! [Re: BSK]
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What yall are doing has to be helping but the acorn crop in the mountains has something to do with it. Most of the deer are low this year, using the fields at night. Deer are going to where the food is and the acorns aren't in the mountains this year. One of the worse years I can remember as far as a acorn crop.

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#3481002 - 12/02/13 07:24 PM Re: QDM paying off big time! [Re: Rackseeker]
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 Originally Posted By: Rackseeker
What yall are doing has to be helping but the acorn crop in the mountains has something to do with it. Most of the deer are low this year, using the fields at night. Deer are going to where the food is and the acorns aren't in the mountains this year. One of the worse years I can remember as far as a acorn crop.

This is not a one time thing, they shoot 140 inch deer or better every year.
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#3481061 - 12/02/13 07:44 PM Re: QDM paying off big time! [Re: wobblegobble]
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 Originally Posted By: wobblegobble
 Originally Posted By: Rackseeker
What yall are doing has to be helping but the acorn crop in the mountains has something to do with it. Most of the deer are low this year, using the fields at night. Deer are going to where the food is and the acorns aren't in the mountains this year. One of the worse years I can remember as far as a acorn crop.

This is not a one time thing, they shoot 140 inch deer or better every year.



That area of the county isn't the only part of the county that produces 140"+ deer every year. You just don't hear as much about them on here. Cutting out most of the atv riding, abundant food source, and QDM all factors in on the results in that area.
Keep posting all those pics and details maybe it will take some of the pressure off other land in the county.LOL...
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#3481103 - 12/02/13 08:08 PM Re: QDM paying off big time! [Re: Rackseeker]
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No one said it was only area, he said this is what qdm can do. Like he said more 130's have been killed this year than ever from all around the county. The atv riding didn't hurt hunting anyhow, those deer were so use to seeing atv's they didn't spooked.
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#3481108 - 12/02/13 08:10 PM Re: QDM paying off big time! [Re: wobblegobble]
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There have been 3 deer that scored 155-165 killed in Mingo n lexie areas in the last 2 weeks.
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#3481126 - 12/02/13 08:23 PM Re: QDM paying off big time! [Re: wobblegobble]
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 Originally Posted By: wobblegobble
The atv riding didn't hurt hunting anyhow, those deer were so use to seeing atv's they didn't spooked.


They are use to farm trucks to, thats what gets a lot of those deer killed down around that area. LOL.. All kiddin aside that is a awesome area for sure.
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#3481152 - 12/02/13 08:34 PM Re: QDM paying off big time! [Re: Rackseeker]
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Congrats on your success! It's addictive when you start seeing results like that and there's always something it seems you can do to try to make it better. Keep up the good work.
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#3481182 - 12/02/13 08:46 PM Re: QDM paying off big time! [Re: primos32]
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one thing for sure,qdm really works because this area is rough terrain.i have seen a major difference in my area as well
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#3481254 - 12/02/13 09:11 PM Re: QDM paying off big time! [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
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Success breeds success. We have some what of a co-op going (4 or 5 land owners).And it's seems to me that our bucks have gained around 10 inches or more for older age class bucks the last few years. There was a article in the QDMA magazine last year that talked about a maternial effect, and how it takes a couple generations for things to improve. My question is how much can it keeping improving, will it top out or will success keep breeding success?
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