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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
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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Bucks of Tecomate Episode – Bluegrass Bucks

Bucks of Tecomate Episode – Bluegrass Bucks
Blaine Burley and his son head to the Bluegrass State of Kentucky to try and take down some mature bucks.
Airings:
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 3:30 am EST
Wed, February 3, 2016 at 2:30 pm EST
Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 10:30 am EST

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 01/26 at 09:10 AM
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Wednesday, December 09, 2015
South Dakota Deer Hunting is “Majestic”

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There is a common theme when we travel north to the always-stunning Majestic Ranch—Lifetime memories will be made with great friends and spectacular deer hunting.  Located in Gregory County South Dakota, the Majestic Ranch is a working cattle ranch home to some of the largest free range whitetail and mule deer bucks in the entire state.  The Majestic Ranch Hunting Service is led by Randy Odenbach and family and has been managing the hunting side of the ranch for over 19 years.  Their management practices include good nutrition, low pressure, and only harvesting mature bucks, which are key in long-term success when managing any type of property when your goal is to hunt big deer.

We arrived a day early so we could help gather game camera cards, scout, and check our rifles.  After a 1,200 mile trip from Alabama, we wanted to be sure we were dialed in for that crucial moment when we would face a big, South Dakota bruiser.

Normal temps range from 25-50 degrees during the month of December in Gregory County; however, we noticed a potential warming trend as we made our way to the Majestic. The forecast was favorable on Saturday with a high of around 47, low wind (relatively speaking for SD), and we were expecting a dramatic increase to upper 60s over the next several days.  We all agreed Saturday morning, which was also the opening day of rifle season, might be the best opportunity for tagging out. 

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Thursday, November 12, 2015
Top 10 Hunting Tips for Taking Kids Hunting

As a father of two young kids, 9 and 10, taking a child hunting is the most rewarding opportunities in the field whether you fill the tag or not.  I started my kids young into hunting and enjoying the outdoors.  My son took his first deer when he was just 5 years old and my daughter took her first when she was 6 years old. My son converted from a 20 gauge youth slug shotgun to a Hoyt Rampage when he turned 8 years old.  I’ve experienced several learning experiences with this, so here are my top 10 tips for taking kids hunting.

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Posted by Terry Sedivec on 11/12 at 09:26 AM
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Movement Management

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Ever been in a treestand on a nice quite early morning? You can see the movement in the trees and you just know its that perfect time in the morning for the deer to start coming in. Just as the first deer comes to the clearing it happens….. you have to sneeze! Perhaps it’s a creeking sound from the treestand, or your arrow falls off the nock. It could be an abudance of things, but just when should you throw in the towel? I’ll try and shed some light on my experiences and hopefully the next time you run into one of these scenerios you will make the right choice whether to stay or go.

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Posted by Terry Sedivec on 10/21 at 09:20 AM
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Monday, October 05, 2015
Aging White-Tailed Deer on the Hoof - Part II
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Photo By Hardy Jackson

Last week we discussed the scientific approach of aging of deer on the hoof. This week we focus on characteristics that will help you age deer in the field. 

The Best Characteristics For Aging Deer On The Hoof Are…
Results of statistical tests indicated that the single best antler characteristic to use for aging bucks on the hoof was gross B&C score.  Overall antler size is the best method for aging live bucks, contrary to what I was mistakenly told when I first moved to Texas.  Accurate field judgment of gross B&C score can become nearly instantaneous with practice.  In fact, a lot of south Texas hunters are already very adept at estimating antler size because they routinely estimate this before harvesting a buck anyway.

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Posted by Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson on 10/05 at 08:36 AM
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Monday, September 21, 2015
Aging White-Tailed Deer on the Hoof - Part I
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Photo By Hardy Jackson

Have you ever wondered what characteristics are best for aging deer on the hoof?  When I was growing up in the Midwest, I was mistakenly told that the number of antler points also told you the buck’s age.  If the buck was an 8-pointer for example, he was eight years old.  Unfortunately, before I knew anything about aging deer on-the-hoof, I mistakenly killed a 13-point buck in Iowa that still had his milk teeth - he was only one-and-a-half years old!  Luckily, it didn’t take me long to figure out that the number of antler points had little to do with age. 

After moving to south Texas, I was again told false information about aging deer on-the-hoof.  This time I was mistakenly told that you could not accurately age a buck by the overall size of his rack.  Antler size, as you will soon learn, is the best characteristic to use for aging bucks on-the-hoof.  In fact, it is possible to get a nearly instant estimate of the appropriate age class (i.e., young, middle, or mature) to place a buck based on only antler size.

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Posted by Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson on 09/21 at 08:31 PM
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Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Identifying Your Food Plot Acreage Needs

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I’m often asked by people who want to start a food plot program, “How many acres of food plots do I need and how many plots?” Of course, the answers will depend on your particular situation, but some general guidelines developed from years of research will help you begin figuring out what’s best for you.

Let’s start with the total food plot acreage you need. If just attracting deer is your main goal, planting 2 to 3 percent of your property in food plots will get the job done. But if you want both attraction and nutrition, you’ll need 5 to 8 percent of your property in food plots, depending on how many deer you want to support.

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Posted by David Morris on 08/05 at 10:11 AM
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