We have recently formed a Quality Deer Management Association cooperative in Washington County, in the Hancock and Big Pool area. We’re off to a really great start with just under 3,000 acres and estimated around 100 hunters and landowners.
We’re growing quickly and, while it’s still a new concept to many, the reception has been (good) for the most part.
We just recently held our meeting to officially launch the co-op and A.J. Fleming (organizer of a cooperative in Garrett County) came down to help answer questions and talk about the success they’ve found in Garrett County.
We didn’t get a chance to speak to every land owner in the area so we’re hoping to keep growing through this first season.
I understand that there are still a lot of people who don’t fully understand QDM, and that’s OK! Five years ago I was there as well. I hunted for many years waiting for that first glimpse of a buck, no matter how big, to get my heart pumping.
Since then, I’ve sought to learn as much as I possibly can about whitetails and how to hunt them.
When I started studying QDM concepts, I started to realize that there was really something behind it and I felt like it was the future of deer hunting.
I still get pumped up when I see that yearling buck these days, but now the bow or gun stays on the hook and I enjoy the experience while waiting for a mature deer. I personally own 60 acres that is laid out long and skinny.
I know that I can’t hold bucks exclusively on my property and that some of the bucks that I pass will likely get killed, but I truly believe that what I’m doing is right and making a measurable difference.
While I loved my upbringing in the outdoors, I want to leave behind a healthier deer herd than the one I hunted growing up in Western Maryland, and I truly believe that QDM is the vehicle to take us there.
I don’t want to ramble, but I am passionate about this. The Washington County Cooperative is just starting, but our goal is about 25,000 acres over the course of the next few years. One of the cornerstones (probably the most well-known) of QDM is protecting yearling bucks.
This past year my wife harvested a 2.5-year-old buck with her bow. She was just as happy as if she’d killed a 160-” Iowa giant. It goes to show that QDM isn’t an impossible goal.
For anybody interested in forming a co-op in Allegany County, I’m available anytime by phone at 240-291-0700 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Bear Watch - 03/02/2014
An 85-pound female bear with severe mange was shot and killed by a landowner along Everly Road near Accident on Feb. 25 after he received permission from the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service to put the animal down.
Md. bear hunt may take on new form
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it may change the way black bear hunts are managed to make planning easier for hunters.
W.Va. schedules hunting, fishing regulation meetings
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will conduct 12 public meetings across the state in March to provide hunters, trappers, anglers, landowners and other interested parties an opportunity to review and comment on proposed 2014 hunting regulations, proposed 2015 fishing regulations and amphibian and reptile regulations.
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Virginia confirms two more CWD deer
Two new cases of chronic wasting disease were detected in Frederick County during the 2013 hunting season, according to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
U.S. Rep. Dingell has lengthy conservation track record
Ducks Unlimited looks back with appreciation on the career and accomplishments of Rep. John Dingell after the announcement of his retirement following the end of the 113th Congress.
Deer group honors David Samuel
The 2013 Whitetails Unlimited Hunting Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to David Samuel at the West Virginia First Mountaineer Chapter Hunters Night Out banquet in Wheeling in February.
Gobbler radar activated
With only 54 days until it opens, the Maryland spring gobbler season is officially on the radar.
Deer kill up in Allegany, but drops off in Garrett
Maryland hunters harvested 95,863 deer during the archery, muzzleloader and firearm seasons from Sept. 6 through Jan. 31.
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