Quality Deer Management (QDM) is a management
philosophy and practice that unites landowners and hunters in a common
of producing biologically and socially balanced deer herds within
existing environmental, social, and legal constraints.
typically involves the protection of young bucks (yearlings and some
2.5 year-olds) combined with an adequate harvest of female deer
maintain a healthy population in balance with existing habitat
conditions and landowner desires.
This level of deer management
involves the production of quality deer (bucks, does, and fawns),
quality hunting experiences, and, most importantly,
quality hunters. SMWMA promotes Quality Deer Management.
The concept of
bucks to grow and mature in the southern Mecosta counties.
We also work
with the local DNR to protect our valuable resource of Whitetail deer.
Our goal is to include as many hunted acres of privately owned land to
be designated as "Southern Mecosta Whitetail Management"