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DMU 118 (OLD 107) QDM (5) YEAR DEMONSTRATION BIOLOGICAL HARVEST DATA MINIMUM BUCK STANDARD 3 POINTS ON ONE SIDE DATA FROM GLADWIN & HARRISON FIELD OFFICES AND STATE HIGHWAY CHECK STATIONS  
NOTE: Data includes all deer checked including those of unknown age which are prorated to not effect known (sex age kill ratio).  
 
ANTLERLESS DEER  
  FAWNS ADULT DOES TOTAL ANTLER -LESS  
YEAR MALE FAWNS % OF TOTAL DOE FAWNS TOTAL FAWNS AGE 1 1/2 AGE 2 1/2 AGE 3 1/2 AGE 4 1/2+ AVERAGE AGE TOTAL DOES  
1996 17 22 13 30 16 16 8 8 3.5 48 78  
1997 25 18 21 46 27 26 10 27 2.85 90 136  
1998 18 19 7 25 17 13 20 22 3.26 72 97  
BASE DATA 3 YR. AVG. 20 19 14 34 20 18 13 19 3.12 70 104  
1999 22 10 31 53 43 42 34 41 3.18 160 213  
2000 23 11 32 55 35 50 32 30 3.01 147 202  
2001 21 17 17 38 29 31 25 25 3.15 110 148  
2002                        
2003                        
                                                               
  ADULT BUCKS    
YEAR AGE 1 1/2 PTS 2-3 PTS 4-5 PTS 6-7 PTS 8+ PTS AVG. % OF TOTAL   AGE 2 1/2 PTS 2-6 PTS 7-8 PTS 9+ PTS AVG. % OF TOTAL    
1996 77 31 23 15 4 4.28 79   18 5 11 2 7.41 18    
1997 124 43 32 22 16 4.65 78   24 8 12 4 7.08 15    
1998 106 30 26 35 10 4.98 78   21 6 10 4 7.4 15    
BASE DATA 3 YR. AVG. 102 35 27 24 10 4.67 78   21 7 11 3 7.28 16    
1999 138 5 49 52 29 5.85 68   47 12 24 9 7.45 23    
2000 79 4 26 34 15 5.97 47 53 9 32 12 7.71 32    
2001 56 8 14 21 9 5.6 48   32 10 15 5 7.1 27    
2002                                
2003                                
                                                               
  ADULT BUCKS DOE TO BUCK HARVEST RATIO
YEAR AGE 3 1/2 PTS 2-8 PTS 9-10 PTS 11+ PTS AVG. % OF TOTAL   AGE 4 1/2+ PTS 2-8 PTS 9-10 PTS 11+ PTS AVG. % OF TOTAL TOTAL BUCKS
1996 3 3 - - 7.33 3   - - - - - - 98 1:2.0
1997 10 5 4 - 7.78 6   2 1 - - 8 1 160 1:1.8
1998 9 6 3 - 7.50 7   1 - 1 - 9 1 137 1:1.9
BASE DATA 3 YR. AVG. 7 5 4 - 7.60 5   1 1 - - 8.33 1 131 1:1.9
1999 15 10 4 1 (17 PT) 8.87 7.5   3 1 1 1 9.33 1.5 203 1:1.3
2000 31 23 5 3 7.93 18 5 1 3 1 9.1 3 168 1:1.1
2001 24 12 8 - 8.95 21   5 1 4 - 9.6 4 117 1:1.1
2002                              
2003                              
                                                               
NOTE: AVERAGE NUMBER OF POINTS FOR THE 1 1/2 YEAR OLD BUCKS IN A QDM PROGRAM SHOWS A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE. THIS IS PRIMARILY DUE TO THE PROTECTION OF BUCKS FOUR POINTS AND UNDER. THE DMU 118 MINIMUM BUCK STANDARD OF 3 POINTS ON ONE SIDE PROTECTS APPROX. 50% OF THE 1 1/2 YEAR OLD BUCKS. THIS IS CONSIDERED A MINIMUM QDM PROGRAM AND THE RESULTS WILL SHOW IT. [THIS STANDARD SHOULD CREATE AN ADULT BUCK TO DOE RATIO OF 1:2 IF COMBINED WITH AN ADULT DOE TO BUCK HARVEST RATIO OF 1:1.4. (THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE FAWNS ),MAINTAINED AT LESS THAN 70% CARRYING CAPACITY AND THE AVERAGE AGE OF THE HARVESTED DOE BEING 2.5 TO 4.5 WITH THE LOWER AGE PREFERRED].    
     
  IT IS THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE MID MICHIGAN BRANCH, QUALITY DEER MANAGEMENT ASSOC. THAT THE MINIMUM BUCK STANDARD FOR DMU 118 BE VOLUNTARILY UPGRADED TO 4 POINTS ON ONE SIDE MINIMUM FOR THE FIRST AND SECOND BUCK TAKEN. THIS WILL PROTECT 85% OF THE YEARLING BUCKS, AND PRODUCE BETTER RESULTS SOONER. THIS STANDARD SHOULD CREATE AN ADULT BUCK TO DOE RATIO OF 1:1.5 IF COMBINED WITH AN ADULT DOE TO BUCK HARVEST RATIO OF 1:1.1.    
  A GOOD QDM PROGRAM MUST BE ASSOCIATED WITH HABITAT MAINTAINED FOR HIGH QUALITY FORAGE YEAR ROUND, AND WITH THE DEER POPULATION BEING NO MORE THAN 70% (PREFERABLY 60%) OF THE MAXIMUM CARRYING CAPACITY. USING POINTS AS A HARVEST STANDARD IN GOOD AREAS SUCH AS DMU 118 DOES NOT PROTECT THE BEST OF THE 1 1/2 YEAR OLDS. A BETTER METHOD WOULD BE TO USE ANTLER SPREAD OF 15", OR MAIN BEAM LENGTH OF 15".    
                                                               

Last Updated on 2/13/02
By Boyd Wiltse