Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT – MAY 1, 2015
Tecomate’s tried and true Deer Pea Plus is a proven winner in summer nutrition for your deer herd. This great combination of our two best big-seeded peas along with forage soybeans creates an un-matched base for this nutritious and extremely attractive blend. What really sets this blend apart is the addition of milo/sorghum which helps to shield the peas and beans during the vulnerable first weeks to maximize the plants that reach maturity.
The two varieties of Cowpeas we have selected are extremely high yielding in forage mass with high protein levels and are productive throughout the summer. These forage Cowpeas, including Ebony and Iron and Clay, are generally tolerant to deer pressure and once established have great re-growth potential. Forage Soybeans are also a featured part of Deer Pea Plus, providing much needed protein and fat content for you deer while they grow their antlers.
Planting rate for our Deer Pea Plus is 22# an acre and can be planted using a Plotmaster Seeder or broadcast. Planting times vary depending on location, but typically it is to be planted anytime after the last frost (Late March to early July; depending on location). This blend is an excellent choice, especially in the Southern part of the country as the stands can last well into most bow seasons as a dynamite early fall hunting plot! If you are looking for a fast growing, high yielding, and antler building spring/summer food plot, Tecomate’s Deer Pea Plus is the blend for you.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Tecomate Strut Report – Central TN - April 25th
Returning to TN to take another crack at these stubborn birds, we were greeted with rain, fog and wind our first two days. But with the weather clearing up on Sunday, I was able to get one on the ground finally around noon, getting out in front of this nice longbeard who would not leave his two hens. Riding high into Monday morning, I was able to decoy stalk my second bird in a huge field. We spotted him about 10 am strutting hard with a hen. After an hour of crawling behind the strutter decoy, I finally got within his comfort zone and he came charging. I eased out from behind the decoy when he cleared the 20 yard mark and put him down…it is an incredible way to hunt these field birds! And it was my heaviest bird to date, weighing a little over 24.5 pounds. Its always a blast to get to hunt the turkey rich area of south central TN and I hope to go back again next year! With my home state of Alabama’s season coming to a close this week, I am having to hang up the turkey vest and calls for another year. Good luck to all of those who still have time left in their season to chase these incredible animals.
on 04/29 at 11:23 AM
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Tecomate Strut Report - Kentucky - April 22, 2015
Despite lots of gobbling the eastern gobblers of Central Kentucky proved to be invincible for me on opening weekend this spring. I enjoyed 3 days of chasing these big birds in the hills, hardwoods, and river bottoms of the Blue Grass State about 45 minutes out of Lexington. I was treated to some terrific southern hospitality by my friends and hosts Dr. Ed Nighbert and his brother Bill at their family farm.
The Kentucky season opener, Saturday morning 4/17, was the only day of good weather that we encountered during our three days at the Nighbert camp. We all heard numerous gobblers at daylight, only to have gobblers shut down quickly after flying down. None of us came close the first day. We each heard multiple gobblers at daylight. They all failed to work with us. The most responsive gobbler I heard was a mature gobbler across the river from the Nighbert farm who refused to fly across the the 60 ft wide waterway. He was present, and vocally accounted for, sounding lonely morning, noon, and late afternoon that first day. Each time I passed within earshot he felt obliged to remind me of his presence. He may as well have been miles out of hearing as my efforts to coax him across the swift flowing waters of the Chaplin River amounted only to wasted time and frustration.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Tecomate Whitetail Nation Episode – Wild Wyoming Mulies May 19-21, 2015
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Tecomate Whitetail Nation – Wild Wyoming Mulies
David Morris joins Jadee Kroeger in the wide-open spaces of Wyoming once again in pursuit of the big mulies of the Cowboy State.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm EST
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7:00 am EST
Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 9:30 pm EST
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Tecomate Strut Report – Middle TN – April 22, 2015
Well it’s back to Middle Tennessee for our annual voyage along the Duck River in pursuit of some big gobblers. This year was not as productive as in the past with fewer turkey sightings and a lot less gobbling heard. But my friend, Chris, and I hunted hard for two days and managed to scratch up three good gobblers. Staying in areas all day where we knew turkeys like to be and just simply being patient is what rewarded us our harvests this year. I did kill one of my biggest birds to date: a 22#, 10” beard, and 1 5/8” spurred giant.
Be patient, hunt hard, and don’t give up. You to will soon be carrying out a giant gobbler over your shoulder.
God Bless and Happy Hunting.
on 04/22 at 03:45 PM
Friday, April 17, 2015
Tecomate Is Hiring – Lead Editor (San Antonio, TX)
Tecomate Wildlife Systems is currently accepting resumes/reels for a TV/Media Editor full time job position.
• Title – Lead Editor
• Job description—This position will be tasked with editing Tecomate’s two long running shows on Outdoor Channel, Bucks of Tecomate and Tecomate Whitetail Nation. The job will also require the editing of any new shows added to our lineup along with editing social media and website content. Any experience with graphic design is a plus as is experience in Lightroom and Photoshop for editing of still photography. The editor will also aid in miscellaneous tasks required to execute the pre and post production of all Tecomate productions.
• Salary – To be negotiated
Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 04/17 at 11:15 AM
Product Spotlight – April 17, 2015
Tecomate Strut Zone is the only perennial food plot mix on the market that is specifically formulated for wild turkeys. This mix is loaded with specific grasses and broadleaves that turkeys are highly attracted too. The special blend of clovers and a fowl favorite legume called birdsfoot trefoil, provide excellent forage and unsurpassed bugging sites. The perennial grasses supply high energy seeds for adult turkeys and brood cover for the young poults. Strut Zone is great for deer as well do to the highly nutritious and highly preferred clovers and chicory.
Tecomate Strut Zone has a planting rate of 10 lbs. per acre and comes already inoculated with our Yellow Jacket Seed Coat. Planting times vary depending on location; for northern zones it can be planted in both spring (March-May) and fall (July-September). As for the southern zone it is to be planted in the fall only (September-October). A balanced fertilizer of 13-13-13 or something similar is to be applied at a rate of 250lbs per acre.
Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 04/17 at 10:38 AM
Food Plot Management