Got this from our friend and hard-core shed hunter Kelly K. out in South Dakota: Mike: While shed hunting the other day, I picked up this nice 4-point, shot a couple pictures, looked over the fence and saw this! My question is, what kind of animal could kill a buck (scored low 170s) in great shape? I watched this deer 2 weeks ago and he looked just fine to me. He was in a herd of about 192 deer, and surely there were some younger deer that would have been much easier to kill. Notice the deer’s rib bones, which are chewed up to about 4” long in some places. I’ve seen a ton of deer killed by coyotes out [...]
The results of QDMA's unscientific poll reveal about what I expected--that in about half the country, the whitetail herds are trending in a negative way. Based on the number of deer and the number of bucks you saw last season, how would you vote? Leave a reply below so we can see if the BIG DEER numbers jibe with QDMA's. I'll comment first. I vote "blue down" because the 2013-14 season was one of my hardest in the last 15 years. I hunted from Canada to Wisconsin to New York to Nebraska, and it was tough everywhere. I even had to push it on two Texas hunts to shoot bucks. It's not supposed to be hard in Texas, but it was for me. In the end I shot some nice bucks, [...]
I was reviewing the first edit of my latest Saskatchewan adventure when this cool cat strode across the screen. Man, it brought back memories. How still and cold it was that morning last November (20 below)...the incredible quiet of the spruce woods (no breeze, no birds, just pounding silence)... How the little animal glided across the fresh snow on tiny paws that never seemed to touch the ground. I remember whispering to cameraman Jake, "Bobcat." I forgot where I was for a minute. It turned out to be a lynx, the first I had ever seen in the wild. The cat was a dusky gray, mottled with brown, good camouflage for the deep spruce habitat where it lives. The black-tipped tail and especially the black tufts on the ears were wickedly cool, and [...]
I ran across this picture in my archives that a guy sent me about 5 years ago, maybe it's been 10, you know how time flies. I said it then and I say it again--that has got to be one best coyote mounts ever, if not the best. Amazing work! I never did know where that predator came from, or whose mount it is, or most importantly who the taxidermist was. I love for him to see this and let me know so we can give him the shout out he deserves.
Leading up to the first-ever whitetail summit held in Missouri last month, QDMA CEO and biologist Brian Murphy said: “Whitetail numbers are down throughout much of their range due to many factors including EHD, predators, and even over-harvest. In some areas, herds are below what the habitat can support and what provides a quality hunting experience. This is a serious issue with significant long-term implications for the future of deer hunting.” Add in the last couple of brutal winters and it's rough times for deer and deer hunters in many regions of America. Actually top whitetail biologist Dr. Grant Woods had predicted these tough times in comments he made in an insightful article published by Outdoor Life back in 2011. “I think [...]