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Old 11-15-2010, 05:13 PM
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This week I went out into the woods and saw a very nice 8 pointer cruising past me with his nose glued to the ground and while I saw that he had 8 points, I hesitated taking the shot due to the fact that my club practices QDM and it's a hefty fine for any deer with less than a 15" spread. So as I attempted to determine the width of his rack, I lost sight of him in the woods . I then stayed put but became extremely frustrated when I didn't see him again. Then about 10 minutes later, I had two does come flying through the planted pines in front of me and they started running laps around my stand like maniacs!!! One of the does actually ran to the exact spot where the buck walked through and she started barking like a dog (I know it sounds nuts). So then like an IDIOT, I shot one of the does.......I know i know, I should have stayed put and seen if they would have drawn a buck into me but this is not the reason for my post. My question is, I'm planning on heading back into the woods next week and I was wondering if you guys think that i'll have another look at that buck....I know that Whitetail bucks are territorial but I also know that they travel quite a bit in the rut....also, should I change my position as he will travel down the same route??? I'm loosing it here guys!!!! any tips would be great, thanks in advance and God Bless.
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Old 11-15-2010, 05:21 PM
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IMO i think you should stay put and lets see wat you'll see. Depending on your Doe to Buck ration depend on how he'll travel.
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Old 11-15-2010, 06:01 PM
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i think your groups spread requirment is a bit much, i think it should be around 12" or maybe 10" if your hunting public land
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Old 11-15-2010, 06:10 PM
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If he has some more hot does in that area he probably will be close.
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Old 11-15-2010, 06:13 PM
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Doesn't sound like he ever knew you were there? I say stay put and he will probably be back.
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Old 11-15-2010, 07:52 PM
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Sounds good guys thanks....do you guys think that I should relocate my stand location where I'll have a better vantage point or do you think that he'll change his pattern?
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:53 PM
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During the rut, all bets are off. you were right when you said they travel a lot more. If you like where your stand is...hunt it, if theres does in the area, bucks will be too

also, i didnt see that he said public land anywhere..? how exactly would QDM practices be enforced on a public hunting ground, or fines handed out for that matter. im assuming its a private hunt club
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:55 AM
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For what it's worth, I disagree with your assessment that shooting the doe was stupid. I hunt for meat, not trophies. Since your club is managing the herd to create more trophy bucks, I think you made a wise choice. Put some estrous doe urine out and use a can call to get him back next time.
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Old 11-16-2010, 05:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Garminator View Post
This week I went out into the woods and saw a very nice 8 pointer cruising past me with his nose glued to the ground and while I saw that he had 8 points, I hesitated taking the shot due to the fact that my club practices QDM and it's a hefty fine for any deer with less than a 15" spread. So as I attempted to determine the width of his rack, I lost sight of him in the woods . I then stayed put but became extremely frustrated when I didn't see him again. Then about 10 minutes later, I had two does come flying through the planted pines in front of me and they started running laps around my stand like maniacs!!! One of the does actually ran to the exact spot where the buck walked through and she started barking like a dog (I know it sounds nuts). So then like an IDIOT, I shot one of the does.......I know i know, I should have stayed put and seen if they would have drawn a buck into me but this is not the reason for my post. My question is, I'm planning on heading back into the woods next week and I was wondering if you guys think that i'll have another look at that buck....I know that Whitetail bucks are territorial but I also know that they travel quite a bit in the rut....also, should I change my position as he will travel down the same route??? I'm loosing it here guys!!!! any tips would be great, thanks in advance and God Bless.
What is QDM?
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Old 11-16-2010, 05:40 AM
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QDM is Quality Deer Managment
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