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Big Buck Hunting

Monday, March 03, 2014
Factory Ammunition Accuracy

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A question I am commonly asked from my clientele is “how accurate is the rifle you are building me going to be when using factory ammunition?” My reply for decades has always been very consistent “That depends on your definition of accurate.” So what is reasonable accuracy that one should expect with factory ammo? Unless you have been living in a cave for the past 10 years and haven’t paid attention at all the over all quality of factory ammunition has never been better than it is today. The ammunition industry has gone to extremes to satisfy request from all segments the shooting public and they have done a superb job in filling these request.

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Posted by DArcyEchols on 03/03 at 02:56 PM
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Monday, September 30, 2013
An American Hero

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On a cold February morning in the early ‘90’s, I was shooting sporting clays in Tampa, Florida.  A cold rain ran us into a metal barn that had tables, chairs, coffee and doughnuts.  I sat at one end of a long table romancing the hot coffee when a big man, followed by a black lab, walked through the door.  He had a 28 gauge over and under crooked over his left arm as the cold drizzle turned into a hard rain.  General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the hero of the Gulf War, looked like a mountain of a man or an NFL lineman.  There were only about fifteen men in the building and many ran up to him wanting an autograph.  He politely obliged and then looked in my direction and walked to my table and sat down directly down across from me and my friends, Larry Bridge and Mike Stinger. 

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Posted by Scott Railey on 09/30 at 02:29 PM
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Monday, June 24, 2013
2012 Trophy 8`s of Zapata County South Texas

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Tyler Carson, Shaun Harris, and Stan Rogers arrived in Zapata County South Texas mid-December of 2012 at Dr. Gary Schwarz `s Tecomate La Perla Ranch precisely as expected – on time, enthusiastic, and ready to dive into their first South Texas Brush Country whitetail hunting adventure. Gary`s 4600 acre Tecomate La Perla Ranch was a superb venue for this event. The South Texas rut was in full swing and abundant trophy bucks were moving. There was no doubt that many big buck encounters were forthcoming. The trio of seasoned whitetail hunters, Tyler and Shaun from South Georgia and Stan from Oregon, were after La Perla trophy 8`s – mature South Texas basic 8-pointers carrying B & C gross score racks of at least 130 inches and up to 140 inches maximum. Large pivot irrigated food plots had more than sustained the La Perla whitetail herd through yet another brutally dry and hot South Texas spring and summer antler growing season. Late summer and early fall Reconyx trail cam pictures revealed that regardless of the ongoing drought in the region Tecomate La Perla bucks were thriving and growing racks of enormous proportion. Now it was time for two Georgians and one Oregonian to experience South Texas trophy 8 hunting at its finest. There was plenty of action ahead for Tyler, Shaun, and Stan.

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Posted by David Shashy on 06/24 at 12:49 PM
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Monday, April 08, 2013
2012 Osceola Spring Gobbler with Garry Adel

My 2012 Osceola Spring Gobbler season got off to a fast a furious start. I got the pressure off on the second morning. Nearly everyone I knew that hunted early had experienced success in Osceola-ville.

Now it was my friend Garry Adel`s turn. My old friend and turkey hunting buddy of many years has allowed me the honor of calling up big gobblers for him each spring for the last 15 years or so. Garry is perfectly willing to passively enjoy the spring hunting experience with me while also being enthusiastically prepared to unload a couple of ounces of shot in the face of the first big gobbler that dares to come into range. Garry and I do not often fail.

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Posted by David Shashy on 04/08 at 11:49 AM
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Gobblin’ In Dixie

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Once again, spring has sprung in the South and turkey season is open in Alabama.  I have the privilege to hunt the famed Tombigbee River bottoms in southwest Alabama.  This area is rich in whitetails, turkey, wild hogs and basically all game native to the South.  I started my hunt well before daylight in an area that hasn’t been turkey hunted for a couple years.  I stood on the edge of a whitetail food plot (Tecomate Monster Mix) and decided to just listen for a gobble.  At 6:30 a.m. all of nature was starting to come alive.  Cardinals were chirping, owls were softly hooting, and geese were flying up the river.  This morning the honking of the geese set the gobblers to gobbling.  I could hear four different gobblers sounding off to the geese approximately 200 yards off the back end of the Monster Mix field.  I quickly moved to the back of the field following the gobbles still on the roost.  Once I hit the hardwoods surrounding the field, I began to carefully ease through the woods so not to spook the gobblers.  It was still very dark but the woods were starting to illumine with day breaking.

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 03/26 at 11:26 AM
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Monday, March 18, 2013
Traditions Muzzleloader Whitetails - Extreme Wildlife Adventures and Larry Ellis

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On Monday November 5, 2012, Tecomate Pro Staffer Duncan Dobie and I returned to our homes from our Traditions Muzzleloader whitetail hunt with Larry Ellis of Extreme Wildlife Adventures in the Oklahoma panhandle. True to the name of Larry`s outfit this was an exciting adventure to say the least.

As Tecomate videographer Matt Carmen and I were en route to Freedom Oklahoma from Denver, Colorado the day before our three day trophy whitetail hunt, we received word from Larry that a big mature 12-pointer with a double main beam and extra points had been showing up daily at one of his trail cams. My first thought was that one of us, Duncan Dobie or myself, was in for a quick easy hunt for known bruiser that was patterned. Heck, one of us might even be finished the first morning if Larry`s trail cam photos were any indication. But as is often the case with big mature whitetail bucks, that isn’t how the story goes. Big whitetails are masters of transforming confidence to hopelessness. Duncan would be the hunter on the hot-seat for this hunt. Duncan would hunt the big 12 at the buck`s most frequented known hang out.

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Posted by David Shashy on 03/18 at 11:40 AM
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Monday, March 04, 2013
See What You’ve Been Missing: My Leupold Optics and Reconyx Game Camera

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I have a picture with my little girl, Anna Grace with a turkey and me I harvested this past spring. She is holding the beard of the gobbler, but it is the beautiful smile on her face that makes this moment in time very special to her daddy. Being able to share my passion for hunting and the outdoors with this little two-year-old is priceless. However, it is not just about the turkey moment we shared on that spring morning, it was being able to share any moment with my “precious one.” You see the slogan or catch phrase for Reconyx is, “See What You’ve Been Missing.” Every minute that I am away from my family for work or while on a hunting trip I cannot help but ask myself, “What precious moments am I missing at home today?” This is why all of us should be more motivated to make more time each day and each year to spend with our families.

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Posted by Mark Newell on 03/04 at 02:05 PM
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Monday, February 25, 2013
Peace River British Columbia: A Wilderness Whitetail Hunt

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The bitter, subzero temperatures of British Columbia were unlike anything I have ever experienced on a whitetail hunt.  This was a true test for the equipment that I was relying on so heavily.  It was Yeti Cooler COLD!  The Remington Model 700 7mm Ultra Mag topped off with a Leupold scope performed flawlessly every time I called on it during this trip.  From the rifle range after three back-to-back flights to the kill shot on a 165-inch whitetail to the 200-yard poke it put on a coyote, I couldn’t ask for a more reliable rifle/scope combination.  Two thumbs up!

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Posted by Jason Snavely on 02/25 at 01:19 PM
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