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Biological Harvest Data

DMU 107 QDM (5) YEAR DEMONSTRATION BIOLOGICAL HARVEST DATA MINIMUM BUCK STANDARD 3 POINTS ON ONE SIDE
  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
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  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  
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  ADULT BUCKS  
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  
1997 10 5 4 - 7.78 6   2 1 - - 8 1 160  
1998 9 6 3 - 7.50 7   1 - 1 - 9 1 137  
BASE DATA 3 YR. AVG. 7 5 4 - 7.60 5   1 1 - - 8.33 1 131  
1999 15 10 4 1 (17 PT) 8.87 7.5   3 1 1 1 9.33 1.5 203  
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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 107 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.]  
   
  IT IS THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE MID MICHIGAN BRANCH, QUALITY DEER MANAGEMENT ASSOC. THAT THE MINIMUM BUCK STANDARD FOR DMU 107 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% OF THE MAXIMUM CARRYING CAPACITY. USING POINTS AS A HARVEST STANDARD IN GOOD AREAS SUCH AS DMU 107 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 4/5/00
By Boyd Wiltse