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Nov 18, 2017

We wanted to know more about select tree cutting for deer habitat so we turned to our friend from the Quality Deer Management Association, Matt Ross.  The conversation became much more than a tree cutting exercise, as we explored the history of the QDMA, deer herd balance, proper doe to buck ratios, quantitative herd analysis, deer plants and overall deer habitat. Matt Ross is certified wildlife biologist and licensed forester. He received his bachelor's in wildlife conservation from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and his master's in wildlife management from the University of New Hampshire. Before joining the QDMA staff, Matt worked for a natural resource consulting firm in southern New Hampshire, and he was a QDMA volunteer and Branch officer and is now QDMA's Assistant Director of Conservation.

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HERE'S WHAT WE DISCUSS:

  • Saratoga County New York
  • Find Good Deer Hunting Buddies Quickly
  • Assistant Director of Conservation
  • Kip Adams, Dispelling Myths, Deer Report
  • The Intent of QDMA in 1988, Producing Quality Whiteail
  • Balance Age Structure, Does and Bucks
  • 1999, First Antlerless Deer Kill Exceeded Bucks
  • 3.5 Years Old Buck Nationally Equal to Yearlings
  • Never at Zero Yearling Kill
  • We're Down 2 Million Deer Hunters 
  • Hunters Are Way More Educated Now
  • Harvest Snapshots, Good Relationships with the States
  • Wildlife Biologist and Forrester
  • The Plan, Co-Operatives, and Boundries
  • It Depends, Nature Takes Its Course
  • 1.5 Does to Every One Buck
  • How Do You Quantitate Deer Populations
  • Taking 20-30% of the Does in Highly Productive Deer Herds
  • When Deer Herds Grow
  • Education in Deer and Select Tree Cutting
  • Step One - Get Above the Trees, Aerials
  • Brushy, Good Bedding Cover
  • Topographical Changes, Ground Truth Checks
  • Fresh Piles of Pellets, Focus There
  • Trees, What's The Variety, 2 Major Systems
  • Canopy Closure, Hemlock, Cedar, Mast Foods
  • Beech Nuts, Cherry, Dr Craig Harpe, Lifestyle
  • Drop the Food Plots, Early Succession Management
  • Deer Plants
  • Deer Story, 10 Rapid Fire

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CREDITS:

This Show was Written, Edited, and Produced by Jason “Jay” Scott Ammann

Deer News Written and Recorded by Jim Keller

Chubby Tines Tip of the Week Written by Dusty Phillips