Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Creative Food Plot

There are dedicated QDMA members who go all out to help promote the QDMA mission and grow our organization.

And then there’s Steve Elmy.

Steve, who lives in Ontario, Canada, wears all the badges of our most dedicated supporters. He’s  a Life Member. He’s a Level II Deer Steward. He’s also a volunteer leader in his community and serves as president of our Eastern Ontario Branch. Stop sorting there and you’re down to an elite group of hunters and QDMA supporters. But Steve has now added a new top category in the QDMA honor guard, and he’s the sole occupant. 

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Monday, October 13, 2014

You can't eat Bone

Before some of you get all wound up this is my opinion and my preference. Also, keep in my I absolutely love a great pair of antlers just as much as the next hunter but "You can't eat Bone".

I have deer hunted for over twenty plus years and to this day I just can't wrap my my mind around the fact that some strictly hunt for bone. To each his own I guess. I have prideyself on the fact that I am what most call a meat hunter. I hunter strictly for meat to feeds family and sometimes friends as well.

I don't sit there all day and pass up adult doe's or 8pt bucks just because there racks aren't big enough or because they don't have a rack at all. If a deer comes by and it's a mature adult I see food on the table. If it happens to have a rack then all the better but I'm not gonna pass it up if it don't.

This question has popped up year after year and always starts controversy and arguments but I just get so disgusted when I herein the hunting dvd's and even on Facebook that somebody passed up a deer because the rack was what they were looking for. I'll say this again, these words are my opinion and preference. I have never liked trophy hunters and probably never will.

I have always tried to stay neutral whenever this topic came up but no more and the aim reason for that is I REALLY DONT GIVE A CRAP IF YOU DONT LIKE MY VIEWS. At least I can feel good about myself that I'm feeding my family and friends, that I am also contributing to deer populations in my area and that when I do shoot a doe or a buck no matter how many points it has that none of it goes to waste.

I can probably go on and on about this but I'm not gonna, I think you get what I'm saying. If you agree well thankyou and if you don't agree well that's ok to.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Mysterious Antler Growth

Saw this on Face Book, does anyone know why these antlers grew like this?

Deer Senses - What you might not know

I found this article by Mike Hanback to be very interesting.

Deer Can See Better than You … In Some Ways

Dr. Karl Miller and cohorts at the University of Georgia have studied the whitetail’s vision intensively. The researchers have looked into the eyes of does and bucks with optical instruments, and even fitted deer with contact lenses. They’ve found four interesting things:

  • Deer see about 5 times better than we do, and appear to be far-sighted.
  • They see shades of yellow and blue, but have trouble seeing reds or greens.
  • A deer’s eyes can detect even the slightest hint of movement.
  • To get a 3-D look at a strange but stationary object that might present danger, a deer has to see it from several angles. That’s why alert deer shift their heads from side to side and bob them up and down so often.

“Kill the blue, kill anything shiny, and make sure movement is minimized,” Dr. Miller says. “It doesn’t matter that you’re sitting out in the open as long as you’re not moving.”

So let’s say you’re still-hunting and a grown doe sees you coming. Rather than bolting right away, she stares at you and starts the head-ducking and bobbing. You freeze. When she stops and appears to have calmed down, keep still! She will try to fake you out a few times…head bobbing and stopping…bobbing and stopping. She might even look off to the side or away from you, only to snap back around and catch you moving. Old does, especially, are crafty. An efficient predator is wise to that.

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