For the last five years I've been the caretaker on a roughly 700 acres. It's located in a antler restricted section of the state and DMP are very tough to come by. It's 75% hardwoods that have been managed for over 30 years. Within the last two years I've worked to add about 12 acres of food plots with 8 or those acres being perennial clovers/chicory. The other 4 I've rotated oats, brassicas and peas and beans. I've been learning on the fly and that includes reading and absorbing as much QDMA articles and information that I can. These forums have been a big help as well.
The property has sections that I have never entered since assuming my role so there is sanctuary. We've got several freshwater sources including 16 acre pond and a few smaller watering holes. I've employed vertical licking sticks and mock scrapes to learn the movement patterns. Slowly but surely I think I've finally gotten on handle on where we should be most successful in harvesting a mature buck.
I've finally seen started to see improvements in the herd and on any given night earlier this summer could count 30+ deer in the perennial plots. I plan to get my first deer steward certification this winter after the season and would be interested in talking with anyone who practices QDMA and is a member to ensure I'm on the right path.
The thing that makes what I'm doing tough is being surrounded by other large properties whose owners and guests don't care much for QDMA or the laws for that matter. I'm hoping that through my efforts those folks might come around and help, rather than hinder the cause.