Sunday, April 16, 2017
A Man’s Man
Matthew 16:21…Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day.
Years ago, I hunted Dall sheep in the Yukon with a most unlikely guide named Ferlin. He was a tall shinny former bronco rider that at first glance seemed puny and frail, but he proved to be tough as nails and a man’s man. On day one, we set out for the high country miles away for a big sheep Ferlin had previously seen. We got to the base of the mountain he hoped the sheep was still on and set up fly camp just as a monster storm hit, shrouding the mountains in clouds and dumping three feet of snow. Thirteen days later on our last day, the clouds finally parted enough for us to see up the mountain…and to see the sheep above. Ferlin said simply, “We’re going up that mountain and shoot that sheep.” Nine grueling hours later in subzero temperatures and howling winds, we did just that!
Yes, Ferlin turned out to be a man’s man, but the greatest Man’s Man that ever lived is Jesus Christ. He never waived, never shrunk back. He stood behind what He believed no matter the cost, and He did everything he said he would do, even the impossible! Foremost among his seemingly “impossible” promises was this statement to his disciples, “(I) must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day.” And He did it ALL!
Jesus voluntarily went to Jerusalem knowing full well what awaited Him. He was arrested, mocked and beaten by a metal and glass-studded whip. A crown of thorns was jammed on his head. He was made to carry a rough, heavy cross to a hill outside the city, where He was nailed to the cross and crucified. He endured six hours of unimaginable suffering before he died. Then on the third day, He arose from the dead…just as He said He would! Nobody else has ever done anything remotely like that! And He did it for you and me…to pay for our sins and overcome death itself that we may live forever with Him and God the Father. All we have to do is accept Jesus as our Savior in faith and we will join Him in eternal life. This Great Truth is what we celebrate on Easter Day!
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
A Natural Herd
Recently, a frustrated hunter called to bemoan his lack of success and said to me, “If you had to hunt a ‘natural’ deer herd like the one I hunt, you wouldn’t have all those big bucks on your wall.”
Tip 1: The disgruntled hunter went on to describe the deer herd he hunted, which like all too many turned out to be half-starved, doe-heavy and buck-depleted. But the beleaguered caller was right about one thing – if I had to hunt a herd like that, my wall would be darned near empty. But he was dead wrong about another thing – the herd he hunted definitely was NOT NATURAL! A natural herd is well-fed and healthy, has nearly as many bucks as does and sports plenty of older bucks. Many hunters have become so accustomed to out-of-balance, over-crowded, unnatural deer herds they don’t even realize their sad state of existence.
Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 04/11 at 02:25 PM
Food Plot Management
Sunday, April 09, 2017
Wonders of God’s Creation
Psalms 139: 13 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…
As a biologist, I am fascinated by the glimpses of God’s handiwork I see every time I’m in the outdoors. I see, though admittedly only in part, how He made nature to work, how ecosystems recycle themselves, how the creatures are perfectly suited to their habitats, how life is so often interdependent on other seemingly disconnected life…and in seeing, I am reminded it’s NOT just a happy accident. It’s a God-made design, as He Himself says, “For since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made.” Yes, nature shouts of God’s work.
But recently, as I watched my beloved brother, Flynn, pass from this life to eternity, I came to realize that we humans, who God says are made in His image, are in fact God’s greatest work. I learned about the incredible complexity of the body, how organs and systems are all interdependent, how precisely the body’s chemical balance must be to sustain life, how fragile yet incredibly resilient we are, and most of all, how there is nothing else in this world like the human mind, spirit and soul! Experiencing all this, I remembered a verse in Psalms, “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” To that I say AMEN! and give thanks that God promises that we will have an even better “incorruptible” body when Flynn and I are reunited in Heaven!
Monday, April 03, 2017
Bucks of Tecomate Episode – David’s Old Stomping Grounds
Bucks of Tecomate Episode – David’s Old Stomping Grounds
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Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 04/03 at 08:56 AM
Management Goals & Possibilities - Tip 3
Tip 3: A caution. While management does require some disciple and restraint on the trigger finger, be careful NOT to let overly strict harvest rules take the fun out of hunting, especially for the young or inexperienced. Remember, any deer a hunter is proud of is a “TROPHY” to that person! Keep hunting fun and easy for beginners. The future of hunting, indeed the future of wildlife, depends on the participation of the younger generation in hunting and on us helping them grow in their love, knowledge and appreciation of the outdoors.
It is God who arms me with strength
by Jordan Shipley
32 It is God who arms me with strength
and keeps my way secure.
33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
He causes me to stand on the heights.
34 He trains my hands for battle;
my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You make your saving help my shield,
and your right hand sustains me;
your help has made me great.
I found this passage both encouraging and humbling today. Sometimes, as a man, I can easily let myself start thinking I have to figure it all out myself, or “get it done” in my own power. When I find myself headed down that path or thought pattern, I typically beat my head against the wall working and striving and often to no avail. Deep down I know the times when things seem to be rolling are typically when I’m spending time seeking and consulting the Lord, asking His help and guidance in whatever I’m doing and letting Him control the outcomes. He is our teacher, He is our trainer, He is the one who “arms me with strength, and keeps my way secure”. When we strive or rely to heavily on our own power or our own understanding we can waste a lot of time and effort because we’re stubborn (especially me), and we want to think we are powerful and strong and that we can make ourselves great. It’s a humbling thing to realize He is our shield, it is his right hand that sustains us, He trains our hands for battle, it is HIS help can make us great – but it is true. I love how David, literally a King, views the Lord’s involvement in his life and his dependence on him, although as men, dependence does not come natural to us.
Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 04/03 at 08:32 AM
Man to Man Devotionals
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Management Goals & Possibilities - Tip 2
Tip 2: How much can management improve a deer herd? A bunch! In serious nutritional programs, particularly those built around year-round food plots, we’ve seen deer numbers increase by two or threefold and the average mature buck add as much as 40 pounds and 20 inches of antler! That’s results! And, we’ve seen such results throughout the country…often on tracts once thought to be too small to manage. Tecomate is working closely with managers across the country and seeing management successes considered impossible a few years ago… while protecting the quality of the natural habitat and fair chase, both essential concerns for true sportsmen. What’s possible for YOU depends on your land, resources and commitment, but regardless of your situation, management CAN improve your hunting success and increase your outdoor enjoyment!
Monday, March 27, 2017
Live and Love Every Minute
James 4:14 – “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”
As a TV show host, I am privileged to hunt a lot, often from September to February. While season is underway, it seems to go on and on, almost without end. Then suddenly, it’s over, leaving me amazed how brief the season seems looking back. As I get older, I am increasingly seeing life the same way – incredibly brief!
Two days ago, this was driven home to me in the most profound way when I lost my beloved brother, Flynn, to cancer. As our family gathered to see him Home to be with his Savior Jesus, the common theme was “so little time, so much undone.” Words like “I wish I had spent more time with him” and “if only I had told him more often I loved him” reflected the realization of the precious value of time and the briefness of life.
God was gracious to my family. He allowed us two “good” days with Flynn to tell him the things we should have said all through the years. Still, there were regrets about what we didn’t get to do together. I came away with the words of James echoing in my head, “You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” Life is short. Live and love and let your love be known!