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Man to Man Devotionals

Weekly devotionals with inspirations from the field.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Limitations Part 1: Adequate Nutrition

Here at Tecomate we have always stressed the importance in year round nutrition for your deer herd. The biology is simple, the more nutrition a buck gets, the chances are greater in that buck reaching his full genetic potential. I know in the South one of the limiting factors in deer that cause smaller bucks, compared to many other parts in the nation, is limited year round nutrition. There are some exceptions, but for the most part southern deer are neglected nutritionally.

Psalms 23:1-2a.  The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. 

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Posted by Mark Newell on 09/11 at 01:33 PM
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Wednesday, July 03, 2013
True Honor

As we approach the anniversary of our nation’s Independence Day this week the feelings of freedom, liberty, and honor will be displayed throughout the good ole’ USA; and rightly so. We live in the greatest country in existence. There are so many patriots who have fought and died to give us the freedoms that we enjoy today. These thoughts and beliefs of patriotism should be displayed proudly as we show respect to our veterans, as well as, acknowledging the benefits of living in a free country. Wave your red, white, and blue this week and show your American pride on this year’s Independence Day. 

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Posted by Mark Newell on 07/03 at 10:54 AM
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
The Father’s Quiver

Every bowhunter knows that one’s quiver is a very essential part of their hunting equipment. It is the apparatus that holds the arrows. It is usually connected to the bow, but can be placed on the hunter’s back, backpack, or belt. However, a quiver is useless without some good arrows in it. I wrote in a past devotion that there is nothing more gratifying for a bowhunter than to see his arrow pass through the vitals of a big buck. However, the Bible compares arrows to children and says, “Happy is the man that has his quiver full of them.” For this Father’s Day devotion I would like to offer a little help in getting to know your children better and help you protect them against the dangers of the world. I pray that The Father in Heaven will use this devotion to encourage you to raise your kids to love and to love the Lord in a world that is full of hate. 

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Posted by Mark Newell on 06/18 at 04:23 PM
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Open Scriptures

It is amazing the things you can learn by simply reading information on a specific topic. If you are looking for hunting information, there are many sources you have today at your figure tips. From well illustrated books to the endless supply of hunting magazines and journals, one should have no problem finding some info on a desired subject. Not to mention all the different hunting related websites that are out there, such as Tecomate.com, that strive to share with you quality hunting and biological information. Furthermore, the online resources are endless. There are online hunting forums, specific hunting info from state agencies, and don’t forget about Google Earth and the info it has to offer. It is no doubt that all of this easily attainable hunting information has made all of us more successful in the field. 

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Posted by Mark Newell on 04/10 at 05:32 PM
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Wednesday, April 03, 2013
The Open Sepulcher

As you all know Easter was this past Sunday. It is the day we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I like to call it Resurrection Day. Resurrection Sunday should be a time for us to reflect on the Passion Week and on all that Jesus did for us on the cross at Calvary. We should do this every week if not every day, but this time of year is set aside for us all to remember that special sacrifice Jesus made for us. As we look back on the Resurrection we see many things that it teaches us about Christ and Christianity: 

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Posted by Mark Newell on 04/03 at 11:58 AM
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Open Season

Here in Mississippi turkey season is in full swing. This is my favorite time of the year and you can bet that I will be wide open chasing turkeys till the season ends. However, no matter what game animal you enjoy hunting; they all must be hunted during a specific season. Spring turkey season across the nation is typically set during the months of March, April, and May. Whitetail deer season typically runs somewhere between September and January. Each state agency’s are responsible for setting the seasons for each and every game animal that is available to hunt. The days available to hunt in each of these seasons may change from year to year. These changes come from studies and surveys done by state agency biologists and staffers to better manage the wildlife animals we all love to hunt.

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Posted by Mark Newell on 03/26 at 11:23 AM
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The Future Harvest

All farmers have one thing in common regardless what they are growing. That common thing is the future harvest of their crops. A row crop farmer works diligently preparing his field the best he can. He sprays, disks, and rows prior to planting season, he plants the best variety of seed for the area his farm is in, and he applies different chemicals to enhance the growth of his crop. He does all of this work with the future harvest of a successful crop in mind. A cattle farmer works attentively with his herd to give them the best care he can. He provides good grazing ground by taking care of his pasture, he provides them with hay and other supplemental feed when it is required, and provides medical assistance when needed. He does all of this work with the future harvest, a good sale, in mind. Even a deer hunter or manager works thoroughly on his property to maintain a healthy population. He plants food plots both during the spring and fall, he manages the native habitat properly, shoots the necessary number of does each year, and passes up lots of good looking young bucks. He does all of this work with the future harvest of a trophy buck in mind. 

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Posted by Mark Newell on 01/30 at 01:11 PM
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Good Soil: Part 5

Again, if you have been reading this series of devotions you know that I have encountered many obstacles this past year in planting food plots. I had to deal with some very hard deeply compacted soil from logging equipment. I came across some shallow soil with sand stone lying underneath. I even had to deal with patches of briar bushes that sprung up without me knowing. However, I am glad to say that these were not all the conditions that I had to face this past year. Lots of the ground I planted food plots in was good soil. This ground was well prepared with good chemical composition. The seeds that fell into this soil yielded some awesome looking food plots. Many of these plots were what I would call average looking. They turned out just like I expected them to. On the other hand, some did far better than I have ever seen; they more than exceeded my expectations. 

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Posted by Mark Newell on 01/23 at 12:32 PM
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