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Friday, September 26, 2014
Tecomate Rut Report - South FL - Sept 26, 2014

I spoke with Justin Field, veteran wildlife biologist and land manager for a very large South Florida landowner this past Monday. Justin reports that bucks in Brevard County Florida are getting with the program. And they have been doing so for two weeks now on the many thousands of acres of prime South Florida whitetail range that Justin manages. The rut is on, full tilt!!! To date there has been a 112” Gross B&C and a 115” Gross B&C taken by hunters on land managed by Justin this season. Those are great Florida bucks!!!

Additionally Justin reports finding two bucks dead in the last week apparently from fighting. Both dead bucks found individually had what appeared to be puncture wounds from antlers that proved to be fatal. This is likely an indication that Justin has attained a tight buck/doe ratio on the properties that he manages. There is evidently some serious competition for hot does going on down in South Fl right now.

Good luck hunting!!!

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Posted by David Shashy on 09/26 at 10:45 AM
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Tecomate Rut Report – IA – Sept 24, 2014


Usually I would say mid-September is a bit early to discuss Rut in Iowa, but it has been a very unusual Fall. This last summer never really got hot like we usually see in August and we’ve actually seen cooler temps then expected in September. So what does this all mean? Oddly enough it has caused a change in pattern for the bucks. Although they remain tolerant of their bachelor group buddies, they are starting to get testy. As you can tell by the pictures the mature bucks are starting to declare territory. These pictures were from the week of September 8th in a field of Monster Mix that is not unlikely to have 5-7 bucks in it at one time. It may be early, but don’t be afraid to rock some rattling from the stand if you want get things rolling. I’d keep it light until we get a bit farther in the season, but it wouldn’t be the worst idea either.

Youth season opened up this past weekend on September 20th. I had my kids in the woods enjoying the outdoors. I highly recommend you all do the same this year. It’s never too early to start working on tomorrow’s conservationist.

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Posted by Terry Sedivec on 09/24 at 01:19 PM
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Tecomate Rut Report – MT – Sept 23, 2014

After tagging out early in Kansas and backtracking because of Bubba’s Ginormous 232 gross whitetail, we’re in Montana - this is day 3 of our archery hunt. We’ve seen probably 75 mule deer, 60 antelope and 100 whitetail so far but very few that we’d consider shooting.  We do know where a good mule deer buck is bedded but he’s not in ideal position. May try to make a move on him in a bit. Hunting a waterhole now for antelope. Will post round 2 tomorrow.

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Posted by Gaines Slade on 09/23 at 03:17 PM
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Tecomate Rut Report – SW GA – September 17, 2014

My big whitetail contact Wendell Crews of Ocala, Fl has sent new trail cam pics from his well managed SW Ga farm. Wendell will be bowhunting this coming weekend.

Bucks still seem to be keeping to themselves at this time as are groups of does. However more single bucks are showing up individually at the supplemental feed stations. Some rubs have been observed. Looks like a good number of bucks in SW Ga are preparing for pre-rut. Some activity is occurring very early and late in the day but most movement is during the dark hours.

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Posted by David Shashy on 09/17 at 12:01 PM
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Monday, September 08, 2014
Tip #55 – Best Place to Hunt with Kids

Whenever hunting with kids, it is always better to hunt from an enclosed stand or ground blind so they can move when needed and game will not detect their movements.  It will also make it much more comfortable for them during periods of inclement weather (rain, snow, high winds, cold temperature, etc).

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 09/08 at 08:00 AM
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Sunday, September 07, 2014
Tip #54 – Limit Pressure on Your Property

Limiting pressure (hunting or non-hunting activities) is one of the keys to harvesting mature bucks consistently (especially on small hunting tracts). 

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 09/07 at 08:06 AM
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Saturday, September 06, 2014
Tip #53 – Practice Closing the Deal

Closing the deal is where most problems occur. Big whitetails shake hunters up! Spend time at the range shooting your weapon of choice. Practice shooting at varying distances and conditions. Practice, practice, practice before your hunt!!!!! And be mentally prepared (if you are able) for the shot.

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 09/06 at 08:06 AM
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Friday, September 05, 2014
Tip #52 – Take Older Hunters Hunting

We often take kids hunting.  However, don’t forget to take older and/or elderly hunters (often dads, grandparents, or mentors) hunting whenever possible. 

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 09/05 at 08:05 AM
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