- Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:33 pm
As hard as I tried to leave this topic alone, I failed!! Does QDM work? YES!! Is it worth it? YES!! Is it easy? NO!!, I'm fortunate enough to have one of the largest hunting leases in North GA, just a touch over five square miles and have had it for a number of years. Skipping a lot of the details I took over an old club and the average size deer at that time in this area was 56 lbs, today the average weight of our mature bucks is 155 lbs. and we've harvested some the last few years over 200 lbs and a doe weighted in at 197lbs. Being in GA helped and the timing also, Brian Murphy, the founder of QDMA had started his organization here in Athens GA about the same time I acquired the lease, I was among the first members. was hooked on the concept and still am. Like many others, I thought just jumping on the tractor, using the knowledge I had learned farming and planting a few acres of attractants was the answer, boy was I wrong! Back on topic, QDM can and does work on both large and small tracts, guys, the best advice I can give you is to visit QDMA's website and then your local library , read and study about the whitetail's in your area and learn what's needed for them, then make a QMD plan and stick to it, one excellent book is The Deer of North America by Leonard Lee Rue III. I after trying many different seed Co's I found Whitetail Institute's products and started planting them in almost all the clubs plots, the two I use most is IWC and Alpha-Rack, At that time I still thought I could take short cuts, wrong again, I've also been called crazy for spending as much as I have on lime here but I learned it takes proper soil to grow good, high protein plants for deer browse for the long haul.
Its not the trap, its the trapper