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Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Identifying Your Food Plot Acreage Needs

Tecomate - Consulting and Food Plot Services

I’m often asked by people who want to start a food plot program, “How many acres of food plots do I need and how many plots?” Of course, the answers will depend on your particular situation, but some general guidelines developed from years of research will help you begin figuring out what’s best for you.

Let’s start with the total food plot acreage you need. If just attracting deer is your main goal, planting 2 to 3 percent of your property in food plots will get the job done. But if you want both attraction and nutrition, you’ll need 5 to 8 percent of your property in food plots, depending on how many deer you want to support.

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Posted by David Morris on 08/05 at 10:11 AM
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Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Apache Springs Alarm Clocks

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Occasionally a turkey hunt begins as a hopeful journey to an unfamiliar and exciting place. Then the hunt develops into an event with so much fast paced action and success that it is never forgotten. The details are fondly relived often. The days during such an event pass like minutes. The stars, moon, sun, and the bead of the shotgun all properly align, and hence, big gobblers are felled, and the hunt is forever forged into memory. These special days are filled with joyous sights and sounds of spring in God’s splendid and perfect creation. It was my good fortune to enjoy such a hunt, three fabulous days chasing Rio’s in spring of 2014 at Bill and Ellen Carter’s Texas Hill Country wonderland, Apache Springs Ranch.

Our gracious hosts for the hunt, Mr. Bill Carter along with his daughter Lori Carter, and Apache Springs game manager and grandson, Travis Carter, and Travis’ friend Ricky Root, welcomed me and my wife Angie for what Bill calls a Texas Hill Country “kick-back"weekend. From the moment we arrived it was “Texas hospitality Carter style”. This can only be described in superlatives. Simply the best! I have spent many days over the last 28 seasons chasing trophy whitetails and big Rio’s all over Texas, taking my own personal dream buck in January 2013 at Bill Carter’s Sombrerito Ranch, an 11,000 acre slice of big buck fantasy land in the Golden Triangle. So I am no stranger to the gracious down home hospitality that is found inside the friendly confines of a Bill Carter owned and managed ranch. There may be no guarantee of hunting success at Bill’s ranches, after all hunts there are fair chase, and success rates do run close to 100%. But Carter Country Ranches offers much more than the opportunity to take a trophy beast. You might arrive at Bill Carter’s as a guest, but you will leave as a friend, no doubt! That’s the Carter motto!

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Posted by David Shashy on 04/08 at 10:35 AM
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Monday, February 23, 2015
Tecomate’s Famed La Perla Ranch Produces 14 lbs. 5 oz. TPWD “ShareLunker” Largemouth

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Laredo, TX – Toyota ShareLunker entry #559 was picked up at 2:00 a.m. this morning from the famed Tecomate Headquarters, La Perla Ranch, which has been the talk of the bass fishing world the past couple of months.  The behemoth largemouth was caught by Blair Schwarz late yesterday afternoon and weighed soon thereafter on certified scales kept at the ranch.  Sharelunker #553 weighed in at an incredible 14.3 pounds, which equates to 14 pounds 5 ounces, and is the largest ShareLunker caught since 2013.

Blair was working a Jackall squarebill crankbait around a brush pile on what is known as Star Island in La Perla Lake when the massive bass engulfed the lure.  A subsequent call was made to TPWD, and when they arrived in the wee hours of the night, the fish appeared to be healthy and in great condition.

The La Perla lunker is the second submission of the season to Texas Parks and Wildlife’s ShareLunker program. It is not yet known whether the fish is a pure Florida largemouth.  If she is not pure Florida, she will be returned to La Perla Lake as soon as possible.  However, if DNA testing at the San Marcos Fish Hatchery shows that she is pure Florida, she will be held in Athens through the spring so that any fry she produces can be grown and then distributed. A portion of any fry produced will be released into water bodies producing ShareLunkers during the current season. Some will go back to La Perla Ranch, and some will be used for research.

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 02/23 at 11:27 AM
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Friday, February 13, 2015
La Perla Ranch is the Ultimate Bass Fishing Destination

Author: Brad Wiegmann
Jonathon-Van-Dam-holding-bass-on-left-sideHow far would you travel to fish for giant largemouth bass? How much farther would you go to fish for giant largemouth that get limited fishing pressure? The answer is whatever distance it is from your house to La Perla Ranch in Texas.

What makes the La Perla Ranch (http://www.laperlaranchresort.com) the ultimate bass fishing destination is the opportunity to catch a 10-pound or bigger largemouth. Not only are there big bass at La Perla Ranch, but they limit the number of anglers able to fish La Perla and Waterworld. Anglers only get to fish these lakes eight days per month and a limit of only two boats allowed on the water at one time.

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 02/13 at 09:53 AM
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Thursday, February 12, 2015
Fishing a Grand Slam with G.Loomis E6X Rods at La Perla Ranch

Date: 2/11/15
Location: La Perla Ranch
Manufacturer: Shimano/G.Loomis

Introduction: When I got the call a few months back from the Shimano team to check out some new pre-release “gear” ahead of the Classic my interest was already peaked, but when we found out we were heading to Laredo Texas to fish the new products I knew I was in for an experience. When most anglers think about heading to the Laredo area the first thing that comes to mind is probably heading to Lake Falcon which is just under an hour south in Zapata.

As good as Falcon can be at times this was not the destination for our new product preview. Instead Shimano had something else planned for this writer’s event and had partnered with La Perla Ranch, a family owned and operated property.

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 02/12 at 10:59 AM
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Selecting That First Bow

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Times have sure changed from when I first started bow hunting. The equipment is better and the knowledge exchange is much better. There are so many ways now through social media that allows hunters instant information on what’s working and what’s not.  Still today I prefer to test theories out myself only because equipment may work better for one person, but differently for others.

My 11-year-old son, has had great exposure to the outdoors that recently he has truly come to appreciate.  Although he’s taken several does with his 20 gauge shotgun in his very young years, he has never been a fan of the bang when a gun is fired. He would always watch me practice in the backyard with my bow and was very drawn to bow hunting at an early age. About 3 years ago I decided it was time to get him his own bow and with that the research would begin.

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Posted by Terry Sedivec on 12/24 at 09:09 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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Posted by David Shashy on 10/23 at 02:08 PM
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Monday, October 06, 2014
Tecomate Crew Enjoying Big Antlered Success This Fall

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It’s been quite the month of September for Team Tecomate, which is currently in the midst of a big antlered blitz across the Great Plains and the foothills of the Rocky Mountains as the crew films shows for a new season.

Earlier in the month, Team Tecomate – Jordan Shipley, David Morris and others – notched a few deer tags with their muzzleloading smokepoles.

Including one tag that was used on a world-class big buck bruiser, perhaps one of the best whitetails ever captured on film.

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Posted by Lynn Burkhead on 10/06 at 11:29 AM
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