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Big Buck Hunting

Monday, February 18, 2013
My Wyoming Buck

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I saw this buck occasionally over the last few fall months in 2012, but could never get him on the trail cameras to get a real good look at him. I did get a quick look at him on one occasion but he didn’t stay around long enough for me to get a shot. I had seen and rattled in a few other deer but he was definitely the stud of the area.

The rut was in full swing here in Wyoming as I tried rattling and calling but could not get this guy to come in. So with the season winding down I had to do something drastic, and decided to pull out all the stops. I knew the buck was in the area chasing does and thought I would try a drag with some doe in heat. I put the urine on a cloth and drug it around my property hoping to get his attention. I started the drag early afternoon and after completing the drag I hung the rag in a tree about 3 to 3 ½ feet off the ground.

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Posted by Jadee Kroeger on 02/18 at 01:00 PM
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Monday, February 11, 2013
My Favorite Thing about Hunting

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To put into words my favorite thing about hunting is a very daunting task. The sights and sounds of a spring sunrise will always be at the top of the list of my favorite things about hunting. There is nothing like hearing a thundering gobble at daybreak and seeing a full fan appear on the ridge in front of you. The falling leaves and acorns of a fall evening bow hunt are pretty special also. Few things are more exciting than the sound of four legs walking in the leaves and the sight of my white fletchings disappearing behind its front shoulder. The long cold waits of winter in a tree stand with my Remington rifle is something I also look forward to every year. The sound of a grunting buck chasing a doe in the thick brush will make your heart race and when he finally steps into view it is all you can do to regain your composure to make that fatal shot. These types of analogies go through my mind when I think of my favorite things about hunting. 

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Posted by Mark Newell on 02/11 at 03:19 PM
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Monday, February 04, 2013
Tecomate Bucks of La Perla 2012 – Part 2

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The north wind blew at sunrise on the day that would end in success with the taking of my wide flaring La Perla 12. And the temperature was comfortably cool at daybreak, around 50 degrees. The wind direction was not ideal for our first choice location to begin hunting so we stayed on the move checking senderos for early morning rut action. Matt and I saw several good bucks but not the shooter we were after. As it turned out my 12 point would show up that afternoon as stated previously in “Part 1”. Meanwhile that morning, miles away at the opposite end of La Perla Ranch, David Morris took the wide spectacular typical 12 point that he had hunted for several days. This was definitely the same buck that David had passed up last season. This year the buck was even better than last. And this wide symmetrical 12 threw Dave quite a unique curve ball before it was all said and done. In short, Dave got his buck quickly and cleanly with a single well placed shot his Remington 700 XCR 7mm Rem Mag, typical David Morris. But watch for the 2012 La Perla Ranch hunt episode coming up next season on Tecomate TV. The fruitful ending of Dave`s La Perla Ranch hunt is a classic unexpected whitetail conclusion.

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Posted by David Shashy on 02/04 at 01:05 PM
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Monday, January 28, 2013
Tecomate Bucks of La Perla 2012 – Part 1

On December 13th I arrived at the Laredo Texas airport to meet Tecomate`s David Morris for another brush country adventure with host Dr. Gary Schwarz at his Tecomate La Perla Ranch. La Perla Ranch is another brush country jewel being cut and polished into a shining gem of whitetail lore much like its predecessors, El Tecomate Ranch and El Cazador Ranch. The 2012 season at La Perla is living proof of the power of the Tecomate year round food plot system and management strategy. September 2012 Reconyx trail cam photos were prima fascia evidence of the features and benefits of the intense and proper application of the Tecomate Whitetail Management system.

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Posted by David Shashy on 01/28 at 03:22 PM
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Monday, January 21, 2013
Scouting Public Land Pays Off

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When I first moved to Iowa 12 years ago, I had no access to private land. My sole availability was public ground, which fortunately Iowa has a good bit of. I took my first buck that year along the Des Moines River sitting on a bucket in the timber with my bow. Like most states you can gain access to where all the public ground is by contacting your DNR. It requires doing some scouting and in many cases a substantial amount of walking, because the good spots are the places most people won’t put the effort in to walk to. Over the years I have purchased land, leased land, and met great people through QDMA that I currently have about 2,000 acres that I either own or have access to by managing the ground. I could easily sit in a nice cozy blind every time I go out or a very comfortable tree stand sitting over nice Tecomate Food Plots that have ample deer coming and going, especially now with all the snow on the ground. In many cases when I go out I try to film everything, whether it’s for our Tecomate shows or just for myself, which as you can imagine adds a whole new level of difficulty to any hunt.

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Posted by Terry Sedivec on 01/21 at 01:05 PM
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Wednesday, January 09, 2013
THE SACRED DOE

Deer season had just ended when we pulled into my parent’s driveway.  My father and I were successful in killing two does.  Our neighbors, Dan and Neal, were over within minutes to see our harvest.  When Dan saw the two dead does in the back of our truck his eyes opened wide.  He said that “real” hunters don’t kill does - only bucks.  Dan felt that if does were killed there soon would be no deer left to hunt.

Unfortunately, far too many people feel this way.  Back in the 1940’s and 50’s white-tailed deer had been extirpated from many areas.  In those days it was very important not to shoot does.  Biologists and wardens did such a good job of convincing hunters this that even today many still believe does are sacred.

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Posted by Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson on 01/09 at 01:10 PM
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Monday, December 17, 2012
My Alaskan Black Bear Adventure

As we boarded the plane in Jackson, Mississippi the temperature was a smoking 91 degrees on that mid-May day. My dress was a tee shirt and a pair of lightweight khakis. When I got off the plane in Ketchikan, Alaska, the temperature was a chilly 31 degrees, a 60-degree drop in temperature. I quickly rustled through my Realtree camo carry on backpack to retrieve my jacket. What a difference two time zones, several thousand miles, and a big jump in elevation can make. The airport taxied us to the docks where we would meet up with our floatplane and pilot. The docks were completely covered in ice and we had to trek across them 100 yards to the check in station. It looked like a Jeff Foxworthy production of “Rednecks on Ice” as four Mississippi boys skated and skidded across the docks. It was our first Alaskan adventure and a successful one at that, though we did obtain a few bruised bones and egos along the way.

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Posted by Mark Newell on 12/17 at 04:45 PM
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Monday, December 10, 2012
SKYSCRAPPER - COMING FULL CIRCLE

Back in 1996, where this story begins, I dreamed of a day like I experienced last December, but I doubted that the dream would ever become reality.  That year, the culmination of a lot of effort came to fruition when we signed a contract with an Iowa landowner for a membership-style lease on a 1,500-acre tract of land in Union County.

I was (and still am) a die-hard disciple of the QDM principle and had the fortune of witnessing first hand, what can happen when young bucks are passed in an effort to improve the buck age structure.  My goal, since moving to Texas in 1988, was to apply Texas-style management to a deer herd back in my home state of Iowa.  Finally, in 1996, the first leg of this long journey had been reached.

We immediately put in place buck harvest restrictions to insure that bucks had more opportunity to reach the older age classes.  During the first few years of our lease, we concentrated our harvest toward does and shot very few bucks.  We also installed a food plot program, a supplemental feeding program, and initiated what has since become a very intensive, infrared-triggered camera survey to census the deer herd.  We started collecting harvest data from all harvested deer that included sending incisor teeth to Matson’s Laboratory for age estimation by the cementum-annuli technique.  We purchased aerial photos, a hand-held GPS, and mapping software for plotting property boundaries, food plot boundaries, stand and feeder locations, and mineral lick and camera site locations.

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Posted by Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson on 12/10 at 12:05 PM
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