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Monday, April 25, 2016
Bucks of Tecomate Episode – Show-Me-State Stalk

Bucks of Tecomate Episode – Show-Me-State Stalk
Blaine Burley is in the Show-Me-State of Missouri hoping to find a good buck.
Airings:
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm EST
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 1:00 am EST
Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 8:30 pm EST

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 04/25 at 07:42 AM
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Monday, February 08, 2016
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 02/08 at 09:14 AM
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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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Posted by Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson on 01/26 at 09:14 AM
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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
Photo by Hardy Jackson
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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