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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Tecomate Rut Report – TX Hill Country – November 26, 2014

The hues of autumn are finally descending upon the Texas Hill Country. Mornings are a bit cooler in the 40’s with highs in the mid 70’s during the day. This crisp, cold weather have the wildlife and myself excited. Bucks have broken away from their bachelor groups and the last two weeks have been showing signs of pre-rut activity. Last weekend, I saw a minority of bucks birddogging does, sparing just a bit and some making scrapes. The acorn crop this year is abundant, but the early freezes we’ve had will force deer to find other sources of nutrients. If you planted a Tecomate food plot this year, hunt that area. Food plots are a great place to catch a glimpse of a big, mature buck trying to find a girlfriend. If food plots are not an option, grab the rattling horns and tease those trophies out of the cedar shadows. This Thanksgiving weekend should be prime time hunting!!! If buck fever happens to infect you, just remember to breathe and squeeze that trigger. Happy Thanksgiving, God Bless and Good Luck!!!

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Posted by David Segrest on 11/26 at 11:47 AM
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Tecomate Rut Report - Eastern MT - November 11, 2014

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Dr. Ed Nighbert took a great old 10 point that was in hot pursuit of a doe late on Saturday afternoon in Eastern Montana. During the week that Ed and I spent hunting the river bottoms rut activity appeared to be progressing daily. We enjoyed moderate temps for the area during our stay with no significant weather changes during our hunt. There is a strong winter storm just hitting the Eastern Montana area today.

Significant snow and frigid temperatures are predicted. Hopefully the weather change will help get the rut cranked up into the frenzy level as Tecomate’s David Morris will head for Eastern Montana later this week Montana with Eric Lundgren of Remington Arms for what may be a perfectly timed rut hunt for big whitetails or mulies, hunters choice.

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Posted by David Shashy on 11/11 at 12:07 PM
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Tecomate Rut Report - KY - November 11, 2014

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I shot my big buck following a doe yesterday morning at 8:30 am in KY. This huge 8-point was 6 yr old buck weighed over 260 lbs and had a 23” spread. The rut is in full swing here in Northern KY ( Scott County). Bucks are chasing does EVERYWHERE.  I saw a big non-typical chasing does the first morning but too far to shoot on film.  I passed on a 150” 10-point the second day.  We got some awesome footage of all of this rutting activity.

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Monday, November 10, 2014
South Dakota Produces Another ‘Majestic’ Buck

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The Fall of 2009 began what became an annual and much anticipated whitetail hunting trip to the Majestic Ranch, located in the great state of South Dakota. The 13,000 acre working cattle ranch is on the western side of the Missouri River in Gregory County and is home to some of the largest whitetails and mule deer in the entire state.  Randy Odenbach and his crew have been hosting hunters and managing the Majestic Ranch for nearly 20 years and the hard proof is in the results from good nutrition and even better wildlife management practices.  Hunting at the Majestic is limited to 12-15 hunters a year with strict guidelines on taking upper-age-class bucks

Travel plans call for flying into Sioux Falls and a quick 3-hour drive to the ranch.  Heading west out of Sioux Falls you enter the sprawling wide open agriculture and farm land which reminds you of the other Midwestern states known for producing big bucks. As you cross the Missouri River, the transition to more rolling hills and small timber draws are home to the bucks we were after.  I arrived at the lodge on Friday evening to stories of the day as the archery hunters had arrived earlier in the day and were able to get on stand immediately that afternoon.  The first afternoon all of the bow hunters saw several bucks and two hunters were able to get shots off on bucks that would push 150”.  Unfortunately both shots missed their mark, but the optimism for the next few days was extremely high. 

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Tecomate Rut Report - Eastern Montana - 11/10/14

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It’s been a terrific first two days hunting in Eastern Montana with Bill Perkins of Perkins Outfitting out of Miles City Montana. And the bucks here are off and running. Dr. Ed Nighbert and I are sharing camp for four days. Right now it’s Ed’s turn. We are hoping that Ed bags his big Montana buck sometime during the next 48 hours.

Yesterday I took a great old Montana river bottom 10-point that was likely 7 years old plus. My buck and his running buddies were busy trailing and bird-dogging does in a nearby alfalfa field at daylight yesterday. He got past me during the first morning hunt but reappeared from the tall grass surrounding the alfalfa field late the same afternoon. I was fortunate to get a pair of Leupold cross hairs the buck’s vitals at 180 yards. My Remington 700 7mm Rem Mag did the job from
a rock solid bench style rest consisting of two Bog Pod tripods set up in my ground blind.

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Posted by David Shashy on 11/10 at 11:03 AM
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Monday, October 27, 2014
Rut Report October 27, 2014 - Illinois & Iowa

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Illinois – We’ll I’m just coming off a hunt in southern Illinois, so I thought I’d share what we saw as it pertains to the rut in that area. The week Oct 20-25 we hunted heavily in the Carmi, IL area. The challenges were warmer temperatures and a substantial amount of grain crops in the ground. We saw signs of younger bucks chasing, but it would appear most of the mature bucks remained either nocturnal or stayed in the corn.  Now with that said, the farmers were going all out, so that will push the mature bucks back to the timber and alternative food sources. My best estimation if you are hunting this area is that if the cooler temps come in, you may be within 10-14 days of seeing your rut activity pick up. One good cold spell could be the game changer so get ready!

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Posted by Terry Sedivec on 10/27 at 05:11 PM
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Thursday, October 23, 2014
2014 Early Season Whitetail Adventures – Central Kansas & South Texas

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David Morris and I started off our 2014 seasons in Central Kansas in mid September, hunting big whitetails with outfitter Larry Ellis of Extreme Wildlife Adventures. Our early season muzzleloader hunt with Larry was terrific! And it was capped off by David and me both taking great bucks on the next to the last day of the hunt with our Traditions Striker Fire 50 cal muzzleloader rifles. In addition Bubba Belk of Sheridan Montana took a true world class giant of a buck on the last afternoon that taped out at over 232” gross B&C. All the action was captured on Tecomate TV

My Leupold rangefinder called the distance to my heavy beamed Kansas 6 x 4, 150 yards, so I held on center of the broadside buck`s heart/lung area while taking a bench-rest style brace on two Bog Pods in my ground blind, rock solid! Try it you`ll like it. The Traditions Smack-Down 250 grain bullet propelled by 110 grains of Blackhorn 209 muzzleloader powder hit its mark precisely. Great hunt!

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Tecomate Rut Report – MS – Oct 23, 2014

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Meat! Backstraps and bacon is whats for dinner tonight… Lots of acorns here in North MS. This old girl was gobbling them up before the Hoyt pushed a Rage Hypodermic through her. 

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Posted by Mark Newell on 10/23 at 09:51 AM
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