Category Archives: QDM

All is Good in Maryland as Hunting Season Approaches

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All is good here in Maryland as hunting season approaches, as I keep preparing for the upcoming season. The summer has flown by here as I’ve spent lots of quality time in the woods prepping for the up coming hunting season. I’ve been scouting the whitetails, filling feeders, putting minerals out, and planting food plots all summer long. I can tell you that success doesn’t come easy, but if you do all the work, it will come. I’ve have worked my tail off for years managing my properties, and I have consistently shot nice deer year after year, and I’m not bragging here, just passing on good information. If there is one point I really want to pass on is to manage the deer for your particular needs, and do what makes you happy. I just want to wish you all the very best of luck this season, and please share your stories with us. Remember, Maryland bow season opens this year on September 7th, oh yeah time to bring it early.

The Importance of Protein Supplementation in Maryland Deer Hunting

So a few weeks I put out a couple protein feeders to help supplement my deer herds, and it brings me great pleasure to let you know how successful they have been. Normally this time of year is very difficult for the deer and other wildlife, but with the unseasonable warm temps they seem to be just fine. I normally put out minerals after deer season has ended, and last year I added protein to the mix. Protein is not only important to bucks for weight gain and antler growth, but it’s also very important for the does as it helps with lactation for the upcoming fawns. Below is a few pictures I have gotten since I put the protein feeder out, and they are tearing it up. Check it out.

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So as you can see my deer have certainly taken quite an interest in the protein feeders and minerals I put out. This particular spot I have had better than average activity, as some of my other spots it has taken the deer some time to warm up to the feeders. But believe me not, once they get used to it, it’ll be hard to keep them away. I can tell you I’m so excited to see the results come this fall. If you haven’t tried mineral and protein supplementation I highly recommend you do.

New Maryland State Record Non-Typical Whitetail

One of my best buds, and my first official Field Editor for Maryland Huntography, and creator of, Dave Ziegler was lucky enough to attend this past weekend’s Maryland QDMA’s annual banquet. He was also fortunate enough to meet and interview Dale Gertz, and now brings us the story of the new Maryland State Record Non-Typical Whitetail. Thanks Dave, and well done.

Every now and again, a Whitetail Buck emerges to mystify all who lay eyes on him.  Well, Planet Whitetail brings you the new Maryland Monster Buck!  Planet Whitetail traveled to the Maryland Quality Deer Management banquette, where we met Dale Gertz, owner of Q.B.H Homes.  Dale is also the owner of something else special.  The New Maryland State Record Non-Typical Whitetail!  The bucks official score, a stunning 208 7/8 Pope and Young inches.

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An amazing thing about this buck is that fact that he broke off his left side main beam in velvet.  If you look closely at the photo, you will clearly see the break.  Dale tells us that the buck would have likely scored over 230 inches if he had not broken off that part of his main beam! At the QDMA banquette on Saturday, there were vendors on hand, such as Chesapeake Taxidermy, Code Blue Scents and The Maryland Hunting Quarterly.  Even still, the Gertz Buck was the center of attention.  It’s not often, that the words Maryland and 200 Inch Whitetail are uttered in the same sentence.  Don’t get me wrong.  Each year, this small east cost state produces a hand full of Boone and Crockett Bucks. Every now and then, you might even here about a buck cracking the amazing 200 inch mark.

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The Gertz Buck on the other hand is special.  This four year old buck has everything you could wish for in your buck of a lifetime!  The buck sports an amazing set of antlers.  Wide, with massive main beams measuring well over twenty inches.  Amazing ten inch brow tines and kicker points coming from all direction.  Perhaps most impressive, the buck sports three drop tines, including one off the deers right main beam that has to be close to a foot long!  The Gertz Buck is the real deal.  A real Monster Buck!

I was really excited to be able to spend about forty minutes talking with Dale about his New Maryland State Record Whitetail.  Dale was more than happy to tell his story!  We looked at trail camera photos of the buck in previous years and Dale told me about how he went to great lengths to secure property that borders his Anne Arundel county one hundred fifty acre farm.  With nearly three hundred fifty acers between owned and leased property, Dale began his QDM program.  Running trail cameras, planting food plots, designating sanctuary areas and completely changing the way he and  his friends were using his property, Dale was able to grow and hold the Monster Buck.  Like so many of us, Dale became obsessed with the buck and even named him Kickers because of the numerous kicker points the buck sports on it’s giant rack.

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The full story of this amazing buck is almost too long for the pages of this blog. With that said, Planet Whitetail is excited to be working exclusively with Dale Gertz on a story to be published in the pages of  North American Whitetail Magazine.  Planet Whitetail will bring you all the details on this amazing buck. From trail camera photos to scouting and management tricks used by the author, down to the fate full day when this Maryland Monster met his match.  Keep your eyes on Planet Whitetail for updates and details on that story including when you will be able to pick it up for yourself later in the year. Here is one final picture of the unforgettable beast. 

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Hunt Hard.

Minerals in Maryland, A Year Round Tradition

Post written by Field Editor, Tim Babikow, aka GOOSE and Twitter @wildthing22tb

What a beautiful weekend! It was great weather to get out in the woods!

This weekend I had the chance to get out and freshen up mineral sites. Mineral sites are very important for Spring, and Summer. Not only do the Bucks need these essential minerals for antler growth, but doe’s will use them as they prepare there bodies to care for, and give birth to this years fawns.

Two of my favorite products are the Trophy Rock, and Vita-Rack 26 Lick site. I have had very good luck drawing in the bucks with the Trophy rock, but I believe the Vita -rack 26 has what it takes to help those bucks grow inches! It has 26 different vitamins, and minerals!
I start the process by clearing debris on or near heavily used deer trails, then turn over the first 3-4 inches if soil in a 3-4 foot area.

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After loosening the soil I pour vita rack in and mix with the loose soil, then sprinkle some on top. Done! That’s all you would have to do, but I usually take it two steps further. I use the Trophy Rock on top of the site, because it seems to work very well in attracting the deer to the site within a few days. I even put corn directly in the lick site just to make sure the deer get right on it.

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Not only will this benefit the herd, but it is a very good spot to hang a cam to get a first look at that future P&Y!!

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Deer use mineral sites all year, so it’s never to late to get out there and put some minerals to work for you!

Protein Supplementation for Big Bucks on Small Plots in Maryland

Over the years I have experimented and tried just about everything I could to grow and hold big mature whitetails on my properties. Being that all my properties are small in size, and lack great covered especially during winter I have had to really step up my game. Now I am lucky enough to have a good water source on each and every property but I have still had to add supplemental feeding in order to achieve the results I wanted. I started out with corn feeders which helped, then I added minerals which helped even more, but it wasn’t until I went full bore with everything that I actually got the results I was after. Now I keep talking results so let me explain, I am talking about being able to watch a buck grow year after year after year. Like I already said my properties are small, so I would usually see nice bucks early in the season but then they would disappear late never to be seen again. Through trail and error this is what I figured out, you can get big mature buck to live on your property if you supply them with a quality food source ALL YEAR ROUND. Here’s an example of what I do, corn feeder year round, then supplement with minerals, and PROTEIN after the antlers drop until the end of the next growing season. The reason I’m writing this is to tell you I feel the protein supplementation has been my biggest key to success over the last couple years. Putting protein out and keeping it out is no easy task, and it’s no like it is cheap either, so I just do the best I can. I would be lying if I said none of my feeders ever went dry, but there are some things more important than deer, yes I said it, just a couple. I like to get the protein in large quantities, as I want my deer to be able to get as much as they need during this crucial time of year. The best way I have found to do this with gravity protein feeders. The next reason I wanted to share this post is to tell you about the protein feeders I make myself since everything in stores is quite costly especially if you have multiple properties you’d like to put them out on. I start with aluminum trash cans, 20 or 30 gallon work just fine for my application. Here is a brief overview with pictures of how it I get it done when it counts.

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First I start with an aluminum trash can you can get at your local Home Depot, Lowes, or Tractor Supply store. I then drill a 2.5″ hole in the center bottom of the can and then mount the PVC fitting with stainless steel screws as shown. After this is secure I use PVC cement to attach the drop tube as shown. The size of the drop tube will depend on the size of the fitting used, I usually use 3″ or 4″.

2012 03 11 19.31.35 800x600 Protein Supplementation for Big Bucks on Small Plots in MarylandWith the drop tube in place you can then install the feed tray, this is a feed dish of some kind, either farm or you can get a dog dish. The most important thing to remember is you want the feed dish to be smaller diameter than the bottom of the trash can. This is important to help keep the elements out. As you can see from the picture I attach the feed tray with stainless steel L brackets and screws leaving about a 1″ for the feed to fall.

2012 03 11 19.33.27 800x600 Protein Supplementation for Big Bucks on Small Plots in MarylandThe easiest way I have found to mount the can is to attach a 2×4 on the back with three screws and washers. I start the screws from inside the can and use special washers with a rubber to ensure no water gets into the can. I put these washers on the inside, and outside of the can to ensure a watertight seal. When mounting the 2×4 to the can make sure to leave about one foot above the can so it is easy to bolt to a tree.

2012 03 14 07.46.32 800x600 Protein Supplementation for Big Bucks on Small Plots in MarylandSo here is the final product in action, bolted to a tree, and waiting for a big ole buck to come take advantage of it’s offerings. Take a drill to the woods when installing and pre-drill a hole in the tree and bolt right on, it literally took me ten minutes to install this one.

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I like to top one good thing off with another so I fill my feeders with Antler King products as my deer seem to love them. I put this feeder up about a week ago and I’m so stoked to check my camera to see what’s coming. I hope this post has been helpful, as I’m all about managing my deer herd the most economical way possible. You might as well spare some coin on the feeder and use that money to buy the best feed possible. You can put out corn, the minerals, but the big bucks like the protein.

Maryland QDMA Annual Sportsman’s Banquet on March 17th.

Annual Sportsman’s Banquet hosted by the Bachman Valley Branch at the VFWPost 467 in Westminster, MD. FEATURING DALE GERTZ WITH HIS MD#1 POPE & YOUNG BUCK!

Our featured Guest Speaker will be Dale Gertz with his Maryland No#1 Pope & Young Buck harvested in 2011 with a score of 208-7/8!

Gertz copy Maryland QDMA Annual Sportsmans Banquet on March 17th.


Do Genetics Overrule QDM Practices in Maryland?

Post written by Shane Muller, Field Editor

On our farm, we have this buck that we call “Broken Tip”. He has all his points missing on the left side, but if he had them he would be a decent buck because he has 5 on the other side.

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We don’t have any pictures where he had the other side so it is hard to say whether they broke off or he has bad genetics. I like to assume he has bad genetics because it is hard to break all 4 points off at the base. Now, I know we all love seeing and shooting monster bucks and we are all about QDM but say this is genetics. Do you let this buck walk if you see him, or do you shoot?

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This buck has great potential to be a monster one day because he is still very young. But if it is genetics, every year you let him breed you have a chance of weird bucks being produced. I personally think it is cool and unique and I would like to let this buck grow just to see what he turns into. But I just wanted to see what your guys thoughts were as if to you would let this buck walk or shoot it? Genetics affects all hunters opinions differently, some think it is better for QDM to get rid of bucks with bad genes and some hunters like having unique antlered bucks walking around. It is a hard thing to decide to shoot a buck based on how his rack looks, but it all comes down to what types of bucks you want on your property and what trophies you want to take.

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Shooter or not, what’s everyone’s opinions?

Whitetail Management Seminar talking about QDM in Maryland

Please check out this seminar about Whitetail Deer Management in Maryland.

Sent in by David Ziegler, Field Editor

A Public Event by A Higher Calling Huntin’ Team

Monday, April 2, 2012 – 7:00pm until 8:30pm

Join us as we host E. W. Grimes of the Maryland Quality Deer Management Association. He will be out to discuss QDMA’s views on the new proposed whitetail harvest regulations for 2012-2013. He will be discussing Quality deer management, habitat management, food plots and more. This is a free seminar. All are welcome to come.

Beachmont Christian Camp

6433 Mount Vista Rd, Kingsville, MD 21087-1342