I’ve written before about our
Quality Deer Management Cooperative
in the Hancock area. We’re
quickly approaching 5,000 acres
after our first year and overall
everyone is happy with the program.
After reading the Outdoors
Mailbox on Sunday, I got a chance to
talk to a few of our local landowners
and hunters and I wanted to provide
you with some of their feedback.
I talked with Hunter McKinley,
who comes from a farming family
and he had this to say about QDM
and the antler point restrictions.
“While our family is slowly getting
out of the farming business, we’ve
really bought in to the idea of QDM.
not only benefits
our friends and
family who we
allow to hunt
I also caught up with Glenn Bond,
former president of Western Maryland
Sportsmen Club in Washington
County. Glenn had this to say “I’ve
been practicing QDM over the last
few years on my own. As I approach
retirement age and since I’ve grown
over the years as a hunter, I really
believe it’s important to do my part
to better our wildlife for generations
There are more than this, but I
understand space is limited in the
paper. I hope this provides some different
perspective for folks. I
believe QDM catches a bad rap
sometimes and gets portrayed
more as “trophy” deer management.
I saw Dave Long recently
wrote that a 16-inch spread was the
“QDM standard,” which simply isn’t
true. When it comes to bucks, QDM
promotes letting deer live past 1 ½
years. That’s it in its simplest form.
The truth is that Western Maryland
has one of the highest yearling buck
harvest ratios in the country and if
something isn’t done about it our
deer herd will continue to suffer.
We’ve seen three of our neighbors
implement some type of state introduced
antler point restrictions to
West Virginia has even introduced
restrictions in several public hunting
areas to huge success. It’s about
more than growing big bucks. It’s
about improving the overall health
of our deer herd, and I think most
hunters, and biologists, would agree
that our deer herd could use some
help. MHatatn Kcloincek
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