QUALITY DEER MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION 2016 CONVENTION in Louisville, Kentucky
Missouri was 3rd at QDMA National Convention as far as number of people from a state attending. Congrats to all who made it from Missouri.
Tons of great seminars - Always start off first with Kip Adams on of the best out their on telling the Whitetail Story and the STATE OF THE WHITETAIL.
Highlight of the 2016 report of deer season was the first year hunters shot less yearling bucks than 3 ½ plus year old bucks which made up 34 percent. Today yearling buck number is 33 percent and compare that to 1989 that number was 62 percent.
Fawn recruitment rates have dramatically declined in many states during the past decade. Nationally, the average fawn recruitment rate declined significantly from 2005 to 2015 by dropping from 0.69 fawns per doe to 0.58 fawns per doe.
Black Bears, they are increasing in 18 of 26 states (69 percent), stable in seven states (27 percent). Missouri is one of the states with increase Bear Population.
Coyotes are increasing in 18 of 28 states (46 percent), stable in 15 states (54 percent), and declining in none. Coyote populations are increasing in only 33 percent of Midwestern states, 50 percent of Southeastern states, and 50 percent of Northeastern states. Missouri coyote population is stable.
Bobcats are only increasing in eight of 29 states (28 percent), while they are stable in 20 states (69 percent), and declining in Minnesota. Bobcat populations are stable throughout the Southeast, in 60 percent of Midwestern states, and in half of the Northeastern states. Only Delaware reported having no bobcats. Missouri Bobcat population is stable.
Hunting License overall, the years ranged from 1984 (Kansas) to 2016 (Maine). Thirty two states provided the year, and eight states (25 percent) increased their price within the last five years. Ten states (31 percent) increased their price five to 10 years ago, and 14 states (44 percent) increased their price more than 10 years ago, including two states that haven’t raised the price of their resident hunting license since the 1980s! Missouri last increase was in 2003.
Wildlife Officers nationally speaking, fewer than 7,000 wildlife officers were on duty in 2015, which averaged about one officer every 250 square miles. About half of the 31 states that responded to the survey had the same number of officers as a decade ago; while five states (16 percent) had more and 12 (39 percent) had fewer. Midwestern states employed 1,925 law enforcement officers last year, averaging one for every 410 square miles. This ranged from one officer every 126 square miles in Wisconsin to the national low of one per 1,865 square miles in North Dakota. Four of 12 Midwestern states (33 percent) had fewer in 2015 than 2005. Missouri had less in 2015.
If you want to learn more you can go to this link.
One of the best things about the QDMA Convention seminars that they have panel of experts - question from the crowd and answer from Matt Ross, Dr. Craig Harper, Dave Skinner, Dr. Grant Woods, Bryant Kroutch, Kip Adams, Dr. Karl Miller just to name a few. Along with individual seminars as well.
Dr. Karl Miller presented tons of new research coming out of the UGA Deerlab. Effects of Moonlight, Coyote research in two different seminars.
Highlight from both of his seminars.
Expansion of the coyotes range.
How high the mortality rate increased was from predator when they used electronic monitoring from the time fawns where born 62 percent and 45 percent only place in research that took place. Basically for the first 2 to 3 days a fawn only has a 50 percent chance of living.
Primary death of a coyote was gun shot.
Resident and Transients coyote ranges.
Tons of great research coming out of it.
Each day and night Dinner and Luncheon with entertainment and games. This one sponsored by YETI.
Also going on at the same time the Field & Stream Deer Turkey Expo
Also just released on of the best books for any land owner / habitat manager / food plotter by Dr. Craig Harper - A Guide to Wildlife Food Plots and Early Successional Plants you can get that on QDMA online shop.
Few of the interesting products at the expo.
Trophy Room Adventures where at the Expo and had their Sponsor's Bow on hand to show off. CHIRICO ARCHERY and the WishBow'N, which is shoots standard arrows, and 300 fps.
You can use Tru-Fire extreme buckle fold back 360 which I am already using and love that release. Your only holding on 11 or so lbs at let off. Also you won't have that bumping of limbs on your stand because they are horizontal instead of vertical. Very cool
NEXT Hunting Products has developed and patented a NEW solution for scent dispensing. This NEW way to dispense scent is called NEXT Scents. It is an extremely versatile touch-less wick system the housing is a tough hard plastic housing unlike most of the soft plastic housing. Can be attached in different ways. Has a O-ring inside keep from leaking. Screw shut with a inside stainless steel screw that is attached. Has a reflective strip. They are coming out with a glow in the dark one also.
It appears to be a lot tougher than most of the of the scent holders today.
Introducing the World’s First Full Size Lopper Sheath with 5-in-1 carrying capacity to hold all your favorite EZ KUT tools! The EZ KUT SLING PAK provides protection for your EZ KUT Lifetime Tools as well as functionality in the field, on the farm, or in your backyard.
5-in-1 carrying capacity for your: Lopper Pruner with or w/o Sheath Folding Hand Saw Cell phone/hand held device or keys Carbide Sharpener
Should work great when packing in and carrying your chainsaw and also give you option to carrying in other tools needed during your land management. Feels nice on the back almost forget you have it on!
The G2 Lopper - The G2 has features that no other lopper can claim, like extending and replaceable arms, a dual profile cutting jaw, 5 stage ratcheting action, patented oiler bolts, replaceable knife and working parts, and sure grip rubber handles!
The original EZ KUT Pruner features a unique front end design for leverage, a wrap around knuckle protector, and ergonomic handle for a sure grip not found in other pruners. The blade is made of SK5 carbon hardened steel that cuts through the hardest wood with ease, and with the replaceable blade kit, you are never without a sharp blade. The three stage ratcheting action on this tool provides the power for the big jobs, and the lock keeps this bad boy from biting!
The EZ Kut WOW Saw It is designed with the highest quality material and craftsmanship available. The perfect tool for landscapers, gardeners, sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts.
RavenCrest Tactical OTF (Out the Front) automatic tactical knives.
They have a very nice feel in the hand and smooth operation. Also the middle size feels good in your pocket and sits low in the pocket.
OTF Knives or “Out The Front” Knives are knives where the blade deploys out the front of the handle with a push of a button. There are actually two kinds of OTF Knives. Double action and single action. Double action OTF Knives deploy the blade and retract the blade back into the handle with the same button. Single action OTF Knives deploy with the push of a blade but must be manually retracted and set back into place within the handle.
All RavenCrest Tactical OTF Knives are double action, allowing for safe and easy one hand operation.
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Output bright can come to max 1800-2000 lumens Internal wiring applies the high efficient booster circuit, working voltage is wide and can utilize the batteries in the largest extentWaterproofing designAluminum alloy casingAluminum alloy reflectorAdjustable Focus is provided for each head lamp, with back and forth inclination. With a safety red light in back. Removable and Rechargeable batteries. Comes with 12v charger.
Have been looking for light to for night time trapping and for tracking deer at night with out have that center shine. Was also told I can get a DC charger for this for my truck.
If you are really looking for your last and only deer call this it . In 2002 I bought a bow hunters vest and best bow hunting vest ever. I still use it, wish the company still was around. But the deer call that came with it still does. BowGrunter I can't even count how many times it has work and help me talk the talk with deer and have used it every season since and still going.