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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Final step to Improving Nutrition!

Lastly, food plots. Nothing has the potential to improve the nutritional plane like serious food plots. Deer view food plots as a browse mecca and will readily shift their feeding from native browse to high-quality food plots. Under serious food-plot programs that provide abundant year-round nutrition, we’ve seen food-plot forage make up as much as 70% of the deer’s diet…on good native habitat! When you substitute relatively low-quality native browse with loads of high-nutrition food-plot plants, the results on deer numbers and size can be nothing short of amazing…without damaging the native habitat! We’re talking about quantum improvements in deer size and numbers! And, food plots can be legally hunted, tend to hold deer on the property and are great for game viewing. But, they are expensive, subject to crop failure, and can’t be planted on some tracts because the land is not tillable and/or because of land use conflicts. Still, there is magic in food plots, especially warm-season food plots!

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 09/19 at 10:24 AM
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Practices for Herd Censusing

How do you go about censusing a herd? Game cameras strategically placed in high-use areas (best when used with feed or bait) during the fall (preferably before the shooting starts) are invaluable censusing tools. Consistency of time and place brings best results.

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Posted by David Morris on 08/15 at 05:05 PM
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Monday, June 05, 2017
Laying Out Your Food Plots - Part II

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Distribution And Size
Ok, you have a handle on the total acreage of food plots needed, but how many plots do you need, what size should they be and where should they go. You can’t really answer any of these questions without giving thought to the others since they’re all related and interdependent. The number of plots depends in part on what size they are, and vice versa. And, in areas with limited tillable land, the distribution of the tillable land and how much of it there is at each site will go along way in determining both the number and size of food plots. Still, there are ways to come to logical decisions.

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Posted by David Morris on 06/05 at 07:25 AM
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Laying Out Your Food Plots - Part I

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You like the idea of more and bigger deer on your property, and you’ve become convinced that food plots can help get you there. You’re ready to commit the time and resources necessary to get into an agricultural-based food-source management program, the kind that’ll significantly enhance the nutritional plane of the property, not just attract deer to a field. In short, you’re ready to start “farming for deer” so you can get the most from your land, investment and deer hunting. Now what?

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Posted by David Morris on 05/30 at 07:25 AM
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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Importance of Nutrition in Summer

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While the temperature climbs and climbs through the summer and many of our minds are fixated on spending time in the water keeping cool, we often forget about those animals which we hunt each winter.  Summer is one of the toughest times for deer, especially with hot summers and scarce rainfall.  Tough environmental conditions are further complicated by the peaking nutritional requirements by deer in the spring and summer months.  Metabolic rate for deer can double during the spring and summer months.  As is such, deer need to consume more digestible forage and more of it during the summer months.  Deer enjoy the new growth of the spring and summer months, but the production of natural vegetation can always use a little help.  Warm season food plots are a great way to introduce additional food for deer for a reasonable cost.

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 01/19 at 09:44 AM
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Monday, November 28, 2016
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 11/28 at 10:09 AM
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Aging White-Tailed Deer on the Hoof - Part I
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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 11/22 at 10:09 AM
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Thursday, August 04, 2016
Choosing The Right Plants For Your Plots

It would be hard to imagine a better food plot than a really good stand of Tecomate Lablab, but does that mean Lablab is always the best food plot choice? No, it does not! Different plants do different things. You have to “prescribe” the right thing for the job. Let’s see what goes into that.

First, when buying seed, consider value, not just price. Don’t be fooled by bag size. Bigger is not necessarily better. Some of the best wildlife plantings, like clovers and chicory, come in small bags and have very low planting rates. An 8-pound bag of Tecomate Monster Mix, which consists of clover and chicory, for instance, plants a full acre. It would take 130 pounds of oats to do plant that same acre! Think in terms of cost/acre not cost/bag or cost/pound. Some big, cheap bags of seed aren’t bargains at all when you consider what how much it takes to plant an acre and what you really get.

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Posted by David Morris on 08/04 at 02:46 PM
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