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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Shed Antlers or Shed Horns?

Finding sheds can be great way to get outside after a long winter when cabin fever starts to set in, get some exercise due to holiday meals, or do some preseason scouting.  Maybe there is that target buck you’re after or simply wanting to add to your growing shed collection.  Whatever the reason, here’s a few tips to help you find your next shed!

1. Take it easy!  Trying to walk too fast will often make you walk right past a shed.  I like to cover trails, fence lines, and open fields, but when I get in the timber…  its best to scan the area.  Maybe walk a few steps and look 360 degrees with your eyes.  That shed could be on the other side of some blow down and if you don’t look behind you, you will never see it.  Bring a set of binos with you.  Pick a spot to sit and scan a cut bean field, or pond dam.  Too many times when I first got into shed hunting that I walked right past a shed only to have a buddy scoop it up that was slowly bringing up the rear. 

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 04/11 at 05:06 PM
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Shed Antler Hunting - Part II

Techniques For Finding Sheds
A new shed antler search technique is getting even more people involved in this non-consumptive sport.  The technique, called the “shed drive,” is similar to the deer drive hunting technique so popular in the Midwest.  The shed drive involves organizing your partners in a line with each member evenly spaced across the line at the edge of the area to be searched.  Drive members then walk through the area, picking up sheds along the way, until everyone meets at the opposite end of the area (where you have hopefully previously left a vehicle for transport back to the starting point!).  This technique is growing in popularity because of the camaraderie shared among members.  And because all members can take part in the excitement whenever someone finds a shed.  During shed drives, hunting becomes a team effort, strengthening friendships and providing free entertainment and lasting memories.

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Posted by Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson on 03/28 at 02:40 PM
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Monday, March 26, 2018
A Race Well Run

2 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day.”
I was in Charlotte the day of Billy Graham’s funeral. I was returning home from speaking at a game dinner. My plane was scheduled to depart about an hour before the President and Vice-President landed for the funeral. Security was everywhere. Traffic was rerouted.

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Posted by David Morris on 03/26 at 02:06 PM
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Monday, March 19, 2018
Shed Antler Hunting - Part I


As soon as I noticed the sun glare off the tip of the antler tine, I knew which buck had shed the antler that lay on the deer trail in front of me.  It was the right side shed antler from a buck I had passed the previous fall with bow and arrow in hand, as well as a buck for which we had dozens of trail camera photos.  He was the largest buck on our Iowa property that we knew survived the previous hunting season.  And a buck I hoped to have in front of me again the next hunting season!

As luck would have it, the shed buck mentioned above, not only survived to the following year’s hunting season, but he gained more than 20 inches in gross Boone and Crockett Club score and added eight antler points.  On top of this, I was the lucky hunter who was able to put a harvest tag on this magnificent buck when I killed him last December!  The icing on the cake was the fact that my brother Jason missed the buck minutes before my opportunity… and everything was caught on video!  The 194-inch buck is the largest I have ever killed.  Thanks to my interest in shed hunting, I can now display the shed antler beside the pedestal mount of the buck.

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Posted by Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson on 03/19 at 02:40 PM
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Soil Testing 101

One of my favorite parts of hunting is planting food plots for the animals I enjoy to pursue. I believe we as hunters have a special relationship with the dirt and a special desire to better the property we have been given control over. So with all of that being said, it is of vital importance to know the nutrient content and pH of your soil before any kind of preparation or planting is to be done. Also, food plots are grown on a wide variety of soil types and fertilizer requirements can vary greatly depending on what’s going on in the soil. How do I achieve this data, you may ask? A simple soil test is the answer. A soil test will reveal everything you need to know about the soil to plant most anything. However, soil test results can be very complex, but there are only two bits of information that are essential in the planting process that you will need to know: Soil pH and Soil Chemistry (N-P-K).

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Posted by Mark Newell on 02/14 at 07:40 PM
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
WHILE STILL DAY

John 9:4: “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.”

Seconds after my wife answered the phone, I knew bad news was coming. “Oh, no. I’m so sorry, Sally. We loved George. So sorry. Yes, he’s here. David!” She handed me the phone and whispered, “George died last night.”

George Villarreal was my ranch foreman on El Cazador Ranch. He and his dad Felipe made owning the ranch a joy. There was nothing the two of them couldn’t do and didn’t know about the ranch. After all, they lived and worked on it all their life and cared for it as if their own. They had the uncanny ability to know what I wanted done even BEFORE I told them. They were loyal, honest and truly good people…and very dear to me.

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Posted by David Morris on 02/13 at 03:04 PM
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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
You Must Decide

Romans 10:10…for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

The low southwest sun casted a soft yellow light across the South Texas brush causing it to virtually glow. Though I had seen this day-ending light show many times before, I had never grown tired of it. Now, sitting in a tripod 10 feet above the sea of brush, I looked north some 35 miles to the illuminated slopes of the southern edge of the Texas Hill Country and thought, Wow, how can anyone see this and not know there is a God?

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Posted by David Morris on 01/24 at 10:39 AM
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Sunday, January 21, 2018
Frost Seeding

Are you looking for an easier way to plant food plots, save on equipment use, and take much less time doing it? It you hunt in the portion of the world where the ground stays frozen for most of the winter and even early spring, then frost seeding maybe a planting method that you may want to try. Frost seeding is simply applying your seed to the top of frozen, or snow covered ground. The slow process of thawing and refreezing pulls the seed into good contact with the soil. Then when the temperature starts to rise later in the year the seeds will germinate when the weather is favorable. You can use a broad cast spreader of any kind or size, which includes tractor, ATV, or even hand spreaders.

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Posted by Mark Newell on 01/21 at 10:45 AM
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