Why Do You Practice Quality Deer Management

Quality Deer Management

They say we all have a story.  If this is true, what’s yours?  Have you ever thought to yourself why you do all this, why do you practice this philosophy called QDM?  What would your answer be? What is it about this practice of sound wildlife management that grabs us and doesn’t seem to let go?  Why do we put ourselves through this?  We  buy equipment that we can’t afford, and when we want to use it, something is either broken, or better yet, how many bloody knuckles do we have to go through trying to hook up a simple PTO shaft before we say, enough is enough.  Then we have these things called expectations that we set on ourselves that are usually out of reach do to our financial situation.  Bills are usually left piling up during planting season, just so we can finally plant that expensive magic bean we heard so much about. Then there is something that is worth more than our financial status will ever be, and that is time.  Thoughts of managing our land is what gets us through our rough work week and then, finally, the weekend comes. And just when you thought you were going to go plow, your spouse has other plans that are not so silly sounding.  Time is a tough one to deal with, because every time we choose to do something we are saying no to something else. Too many of our children’s sports events have been missed do to QDM, and you’ll never forget that look in your child’s eye when they come home and your wife tells you that you missed his game winning goal.

What is it about QDM?

QDM is a lot of things, and as of late, has a lot of different meanings behind it.  One thing that is for certain, QDM gets to you and makes you strive to be the best, not for self-gain, but for the species at hand.  No matter what you’re financial status is, you find out that failure is not a word in your vocabulary. That is the beauty of QDM.  Rich or poor, we all have this common bond to improve the whitetail’s life and where it lives, to the best to our ability.  No matter how many hardships we may come across while practicing QDM, along the way we might actually find something that may have been lost and that is ourselves.  What are some other things that we may find?  We might find that hidden green thumb that was tucked away from when you were a child growing up on a farm; you might also find out when you actually open your eyes to your surroundings, it’s amazing what you’ll see. You might even find your family again through spending time together managing at the farm, or better yet, you might find GOD while sitting in the tree stand enjoying what he has created for you and me. The thing about practicing this philosophy is the things you may get to do.  Who doesn’t love running a chainsaw on a cool fall or winters day, who doesn’t love getting their fingers dirty knowing that you planted life, who doesn’t love getting some one on one time on a tractor thinking about life and where it’s heading?  Some of the best decisions you’ll ever make will be the ones decided from the seat of a tractor. I know a group of people who love and enjoy doing these things mentioned!  They wear a label proudly and they call themselves QDM’ers.  But the question still stands, why do they do this?

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