QDMA’s Whitetail Report
White-tailed deer are the most important game species in North America. More hunters pursue whitetails than any other species, and whitetail hunters con-tribute more financially than any other hunter segment. Collectively speaking, whitetails are the foundation of the entire hunting industry.But, how are whitetails doing in your state, province or region? How did your last hunting season compare to the previ-ous years or to your neighbors’? Read Part 1 of the
to learn about state/provincial antlered buck and antler-less harvests during the past three seasons and the buck harvest by age class. See how the deer harvest by weapon type has changed over the past decade, how much of the harvest now occurs before the fire-arms season even starts, and learn how many buck and doe fawns are included in the antlerless harvest for each state and province. Finally, find which states are shooting the most bucks and does (in total and on a per square mile basis), and see that the percentage of 1½-year-old bucks in the harvest is currently at the lowest national percentage ever reported!In Part 2 learn about recent trends and the most pressing issues facing white-tails. View information on the inaugural North American Whitetail Summit. The QDMA is hosting this event in partner-ship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bass Pro Shops. The Summit is a first-of-its-kind gathering of represen-tatives from all sectors of the deer hunting and management community to address the current challenges and threats facing white-tailed deer. The Summit will be a landmark in the history of white-tailed deer management, and QDMA is proud to be spearheading the effort.See the trends in increased hunter
approval ratings and increased hunter desires to hunt for meat. Learn how the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s strong educational cam-paign to protect young bucks has dra-matically reduced the number of yearling bucks harvested annually in their state. Protecting young bucks is a pillar of the herd management cornerstone of QDM and something QDMA has pro-moted since our inception. QDMA has an excellent working relationship with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and we applaud them and Oklahoma’s sportsmen and women for their efforts and deer management suc-cess. Take a state-by-state and province-by-province look at the amount of private vs. public land and the amount that is forested. You’ll be amazed at the amount of public land in some states. This is directly related to hunter access issues, and QDMA continues to work to enhance access and opportunities for sportsmen and women. Learn how the record 2012 hemorrhagic disease outbreak affected deer herds in 2013 and what you likely saw (or didn’t see) during this past hunt-ing season. Compare which states and provinces have DMAP programs and on-line services, and see how lease rates vary throughout North America.See the latest science on mature buck movement patterns, and learn how to increase your odds of crossing paths with them during the hunting season. View how state and provincial wildlife agencies regulate their buck harvest. QDMA and our members work with numerous states and provinces annually to help enhance deer management programs, and you’ll see how it’s not a one-size-fits-all recipe. Finally, learn about deer tagging require-ments, the increasing spread of CWD, and why poachers suck! One of QDMA’s big initiatives in 2014 is to work with states and legislators to dramatically increase the fees and penalties associated with poaching whitetails. See which states have already done so and which ones QDMA is currently working with on this important initiative.Part 2 also contains a special sub-section on
Public Involvement in Deer Management
. See which states and prov-inces have a published deer management plan, how the public can engage on deer management and hunting issues, and who’s keeping their eye on our deer herds. You’ll be surprised at how many (or few) deer staff some agencies employ. QDMA staff have provided input to numerous states’ management plans, served on some states’ steering committees, and will work closely with states and provinces on future plans. This special subsection also includes information on the degree that science and public desire impact deer hunting regulations. Many hunters will be shocked and amazed at what this data suggests.Part 3 provides an overview of QDMA’s mission, updates for many excit-ing projects, information on QDMA Branches and special events, and more. It also includes valuable directories for QDMA Branches and state/provincial deer project leaders.Prior
have been quoted, cited, and used as research and reference material by numerous publica-tions, communicators, and deer hunters. Due to the response, QDMA enjoys pro-ducing this annual report, and we hope you find it helpful and informative.
Cover photo by Linda Arndt
In various sections of this report, you will find references to previous editions of the
, which has been published annually since 2009. Every edition of the
is available as a free PDF on QDMA.com under the “Resources” menu.