Monday, March 03, 2014
Gallagher Fencing: The Secret Service of Food Plots
I live in a region of the north east USA (eastern shore of Maryland) that has a high deer population and despite management efforts to the best of our ability our regional deer population is quite challenging to keep up with. We have massive agriculture that helps feed these animals and when you combine that with impenetrable swamp and marsh cover, it’s a recipe for population explosion; among other factors. It is a tuff chore but we do our best.
When I started full time in the Land Management business 7 years ago, one of the initial challenges I faced with respect to warm season annual food plots (soybean, corn, Lablab, etc) was deer over-browsing. For the small scale food plotter, high deer numbers and browse pressure can be just like flushing your money down the toilet in these conditions. You spend hard earned dollars on quality seed, fertilizer, fuel and time yet the deer wipe your plot clean before it even has a chance. Now in fairness, isn’t that really what food plots were intended for? Perhaps, but wouldn’t it be nice to see how aggressive and productive your food plots could be if the deer did not feed on them? Well, I want to tell you about something that has not only changed my business completely as a professional land manager. But has helped put more high quality-much needed food in the mouths of wildlife during the most critical time of the season…winter!
Factory Ammunition Accuracy
A question I am commonly asked from my clientele is “how accurate is the rifle you are building me going to be when using factory ammunition?” My reply for decades has always been very consistent “That depends on your definition of accurate.” So what is reasonable accuracy that one should expect with factory ammo? Unless you have been living in a cave for the past 10 years and haven’t paid attention at all the over all quality of factory ammunition has never been better than it is today. The ammunition industry has gone to extremes to satisfy request from all segments the shooting public and they have done a superb job in filling these request.
on 03/03 at 02:56 PM
Saturday, March 01, 2014
Why Food Plots?
Food Plots Have Become The Hot Topic In Deer Management, But Do Plots Really Work And How Do Plots Stack Up To Natural Habitat Management And Direct Feeding? Let’s See.
The latest buzz in the deer-hunting world seems to revolve around the impact of nutritional management, particularly using food plots, on the number and size of deer a tract of land can produce. Obviously, that impact will vary by program and management intensity. But here, I want to use a simple comparison to illustrate the relative impact of supplemental (direct) feeding and food plots on the nutritional plane, thus on deer numbers and quality. I do not hold out the following numbers to be absolute; rather, they are intended to illustrate the relative nutritional impact of supplemental feeding over natural habitat and of food plots over supplemental feeding. Because of limited space, I will not try to explain every assumption and the reasoning behind it, but I’ve found these numbers to represent a fairly accurate picture of what goes on under these programs.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Setting Goals for An Effective Food Plot Program
If you want to attract more deer and grow bigger deer on your property you must develop an effective year-round food plot program. In other words, you will need to grow and maintain a significant amount of high-quality (year-round) food plots that will greatly enhance the nutritional plane on your property. In short, you must begin “farming for deer” not just planting a few small plots each fall to attract and harvest deer.
In order to get the most out of your property and your investment you must be willing to commit the time, money, and effort necessary to develop and implement such a program. To do this, you will need to develop a comprehensive deer management plan. This management plan will address several key management components such as nutritional management, habitat management, herd management, and harvest management. This overall deer management plan should also include a thorough evaluation of your current resources, goals, and objectives.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Tecomate Rut Report – Golden Triangle, South TX – 1/15/14
In South Texas last week I observed only limited rut activity. Small bucks were occasionally observed sparring. Only a few mature bucks were seen pursuing does during six full days hunting. I’ve heard reports all over the brush country from several quality deer range managers that during this season there has been a noticeable lack of intense rut action. In three hunting trips to the brush country and after hunting on five superb ranches I concur. Peak rut is behind us now, and for some reason, on a great portion of the Golden Triangle’s superb range observed intense rut activity has been limited.
Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 01/15 at 04:24 PM
Hunting Diaries - David Shashy
Friday, January 03, 2014
Tecomate Whitetail Nation Schedule - January 2014
Tecomate Whitetail Nation Episode 1
David Morris in Wyoming– Welcome to big Wyoming, where whitetail, muley, and pronghorn patrol the same vast swaths of terrain. Which is why David Morris can’t get enough of this amazing place. Pronghorn antelope are up first for David. Then Biblical rains can’t douse his passion for pursuing whitetail
Tuesday, December 31, 2014 at 9:00 am EST & 7:00 pm EST
Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 9:30 pm EST
Tecomate Whitetail Nation Episode 2
Blaine Burley in Saskatchewan – Bundle up and hunker down, it’s going to be a cold, tough hunt in Saskatchewan. Blaine Burley is toting his Traditions Vortek hunting a colossal Canadian buck.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 9:00 am EST & 7:00 pm EST
Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 9:30 pm EST
Tecomate Whitetail Nation Episode 3
David Shashy in South TX – It’s high stakes, as El Tecomate Guide David Whitley rattles up a dream buck for passionate hunter David Shashy.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 9:00 am EST & 7:00 pm EST
Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 9:30 pm EST
Tecomate Whitetail Nation Episode 4
David Shashy and Duncan Dobie in Oklahoma – On this addition of Tecomate Whitetail Nation, guide Larry Ellis welcomes outdoor writer Duncan Dobie and Tecomate Pro Staffer David Shashy for a muzzleloader hunt for huge Oklahoma whitetail
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 9:00 am EST & 7:00 pm EST
Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 9:30 pm EST
Tecomate Whitetail Nation Episode 5
Blaine Burley in Kentucky – Hall Farms Kentucky, where big bucks strut and grow like wild. That’s where Plotmaster’s Blaine Burley is on the prowl. With all matters of stands looking over Tecomate food plots, owner Todd Bloomer has created his own private whitetail haven.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 9:00 am EST & 7:00 pm EST
Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 9:30 pm EST
Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 01/03 at 01:49 PM
Thursday, January 02, 2014
Tecomate Whitetail Nation Schedule - February 2014
Tecomate Whitetail Nation Episode 6
David Morris in Montana – There’s fresh snow on Tecomate Whitetail Nation. David Morris enjoys perfect conditions in Southeast Montana for mule deer and whitetail.
Tuesday, February 4, 2013 at 9:00 am EST & 7:00 pm EST
Thursday, February 6, 2013 at 9:30 pm EST
Tecomate Whitetail Nation Episode 7
Mick and Noemi Hellickson in Iowa - Wildlife Biologist and avid hunter Mick Hellickson travels to his famed Orion Trophy Whitetails Ranch in Afton, Iowa to hopefully get within bow range and add another whitetail trophy to his wall. Then the tables will turn as he’ll switch places with his wife, as she’ll have her first time chance as a blocker during the shotgun season.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 9:00 am EST & 7:00 pm EST
Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:30 pm EST
Tecomate Whitetail Nation Episode 8
David Morris and Remington’s Eric Lundgren in South TX – On this episode, David Morris hunts after a big 12 on the famed La Perla Ranch in South Texas. But not before he guides Eric Lundgren from Remington for his own monster 8 pointer.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 9:00 am EST & 7:00 pm EST
Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 9:30 pm EST
Tecomate Whitetail Nation Episode 9
David Morris, Leupold’s Calvin Johnson in Nebraska, and MidwayUSA’s Larry Potterfield in South TX – David heads to Nebraska to hunt with Heath Packet and guide Leupold’s Calvin Johnston for a monster whitetail. Then he’ll head to South Texas to guide Midway USA’s Larry Potterfield for his first La Perla buck.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:00 am EST & 7:00 pm EST
Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:30 pm EST
Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 01/02 at 01:52 PM
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
TECOMATE RUT REPORT – MS – 12/31/13
As I have said many times in the past the Mississippi Rut is the craziest in the country. This year being no different. For the extreme northern parts of the state the peak rut period has already pasted, along with the North Delta region with extends from Vicksburg to the Tennessee border. As for the rest of the state rutting activity is in full force or is just about to begin. I took this nice 11pt. near Jackson, MS the day after Christmas cursing looking for a hot doe. My Remington Model 700 .308 did its job nicely with the buck never taking a step. The Remington Premier Copper Solids blew through both shoulders easily. This was my third deer taken with this gun and bullet combo with the same story all three times. Stay after them you Mississippi faithful, our time is now to kill a giant whitetail. On a related note, the Tecomate Camera crews will be in the Magnolia State next week. I will be guiding TV show host Blaine Burley in South Mississippi. Stay tuned in at http://www.tecomate.com and our Facebook page for updates. Wish us luck!!