QDMA releases 2012 report on status of white-tailed deer

QDMAHunters hoping to see the most accurate data on the status of white-tailed deer management should look no further than the Quality Deer Management Association’s 2012 Whitetail Report.

The 2012 Whitetail Report can be viewed as a PDF online at www.qdma.com/media-room

Created to emphasize the critical position of whitetails as the foundation of the entire North American hunting industry, the Whitetail Report examines data from all parts of the whitetail’s range to measure improvements in management of the whitetail resource and monitor threats to its future. Now in its fourth year, it is intended to be a useful resource for communicators, media members, industry leaders and hunters. 

The 2012 Whitetail Report breaks down a variety of topics into four parts.

Part one focuses on state/provincial deer harvests during the past three seasons including the buck harvest by age class and other insights. Find which states are shooting the most bucks and does, and see that the percentage of 1½-year-old bucks in the harvest is currently at the lowest national percentage ever reported.

Part two covers recent trends and the most pressing issues facing whitetails. View current antler restriction and crossbow regulation maps, and compare state/provincial fawn recruitment rates and coyote hunting seasons. See the trends in increasing female participation in hunting and increasing hunting license sales. Learn how record grain prices and increased agricultural crop planting in 2011 likely impacted white-tailed deer and your hunting opportunities.

Part three is a reference section that includes information on regionally important forages for deer, how to determine the proper number of deer to harvest annually, how long whitetails live, what Quality Deer Management really is, and more.

Part four provides an overview of QDMA’s REACH program and includes information on Youth and Land Certification Programs. It also includes directories for QDMA branches and state/provincial deer project leaders.