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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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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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Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Movement Management

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Ever been in a treestand on a nice quite early morning? You can see the movement in the trees and you just know its that perfect time in the morning for the deer to start coming in. Just as the first deer comes to the clearing it happens….. you have to sneeze! Perhaps it’s a creeking sound from the treestand, or your arrow falls off the nock. It could be an abudance of things, but just when should you throw in the towel? I’ll try and shed some light on my experiences and hopefully the next time you run into one of these scenerios you will make the right choice whether to stay or go.

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Posted by Terry Sedivec on 10/21 at 09:20 AM
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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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