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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
Photo by Hardy Jackson
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
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 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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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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