On November 3, 2014, Scott Gutchess of Marietta, NY harvested a monster buck on a small family farm where Quality Deer Management (QDM) has been practiced for the last 8 years. Scott took this buck, while hunting with a crossbow for the first time, due to a back injury that has made drawing his Mathews Bow nearly impossible.

Of course, this is the first year crossbows have been recognized as a legal hunting implement New York State, due to efforts by organizations such as the New York Crossbow Coalition.

So what did this crossbow beast measure?

  • 15 3/4 inch inside spread
  • 13 1/4 inch G-2's
  • 12 1/4 inch G-3's
  • Field dressed at 205 lbs

Scott's wife, Tracie, told, “The expense and effort of establishing and maintaining quality food plots with QDM has definitely paid off. This is one of many bucks harvested in the last five years of the same caliber from this property.”


According to the Quality Deer Management Association, Quality Deer Management (QDM) is a management philosophy/practice consisting of four building blocks: Herd Management, Habitat Management, Hunter Management, and Herd Monitoring.

In practice, QDM can involve all aspects of QDM or simply consist of an agreement among hunters on a particular property to be more selective when harvesting deer. In the Marietta area, several properties are implementing some form of QDM, making the efforts by Scott and Tracie even more effective. Not only have they worked to manage the area's whitetail herd, but so have the hunters and landowners on neighboring properties.

To learn more about QDM, visit the Quality Deer Management Association website.

To learn more about the NY Crossbow Coalition website, visit their website



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