Accurately estimating the ages and scores of live whitetail bucks is a critical skill for hunters who wish to produce and harvest more mature bucks where they hunt. The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), in partnership with Whitetail Properties TV, has produced a unique new DVD to help hunters sharpen their field aging and scoring skills.
QDMA’s staff biologists spent hours reviewing footage of live whitetails to produce Aging and Scoring Bucks on the Hoof. Numerous examples of live bucks of many different ages are shown throughout the video, combined with narration and graphics that teach the viewer to recognize age-related characteristics. From yearlings – the most critical age group to recognize and protect – to fully mature bucks, viewers will see and learn from dozens of live whitetails.
In addition, QDMA’s new DVD also offers tips on estimating Boone & Crockett score in the field. Biologists provide their estimates and explain how they arrived at their score using field-tested techniques. The DVD also introduces viewers to Buckscore, computer software that estimates age and score of bucks in trail-camera photos.
The final portion of the 35-minute DVD includes a number of test sequences that allow viewers to practice what they’ve learned. After watching a short video clip of a live whitetail, the viewer is given a few seconds to arrive at their own age and score estimate before the answer is revealed.
The Aging and Scoring Bucks on the Hoof DVD can be purchased alone for $19.95 (plus S/H), but it is currently being offered as a free gift to every new member who joins QDMA at the annual membership rate of $30. That includes the DVD plus six issues of QDMA’s Quality Whitetails magazine and other benefits. To join QDMA and receive the DVD free, or to purchase the DVD separately, call (800) 209-3337 or visit www.QDMA.com/shop.