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Rut Report

Follow along as the Tecomate Pro-Staffers give you rut reports, deer movement and notes from the field in Tecomate's Rut Report.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Tecomate Rut Report – TX Hill Country – November 26, 2014

The hues of autumn are finally descending upon the Texas Hill Country. Mornings are a bit cooler in the 40’s with highs in the mid 70’s during the day. This crisp, cold weather have the wildlife and myself excited. Bucks have broken away from their bachelor groups and the last two weeks have been showing signs of pre-rut activity. Last weekend, I saw a minority of bucks birddogging does, sparing just a bit and some making scrapes. The acorn crop this year is abundant, but the early freezes we’ve had will force deer to find other sources of nutrients. If you planted a Tecomate food plot this year, hunt that area. Food plots are a great place to catch a glimpse of a big, mature buck trying to find a girlfriend. If food plots are not an option, grab the rattling horns and tease those trophies out of the cedar shadows. This Thanksgiving weekend should be prime time hunting!!! If buck fever happens to infect you, just remember to breathe and squeeze that trigger. Happy Thanksgiving, God Bless and Good Luck!!!

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Posted by David Segrest on 11/26 at 11:47 AM
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Tecomate Rut Report - Eastern MT - November 11, 2014


Dr. Ed Nighbert took a great old 10 point that was in hot pursuit of a doe late on Saturday afternoon in Eastern Montana. During the week that Ed and I spent hunting the river bottoms rut activity appeared to be progressing daily. We enjoyed moderate temps for the area during our stay with no significant weather changes during our hunt. There is a strong winter storm just hitting the Eastern Montana area today.

Significant snow and frigid temperatures are predicted. Hopefully the weather change will help get the rut cranked up into the frenzy level as Tecomate’s David Morris will head for Eastern Montana later this week Montana with Eric Lundgren of Remington Arms for what may be a perfectly timed rut hunt for big whitetails or mulies, hunters choice.

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Posted by David Shashy on 11/11 at 12:07 PM
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Tecomate Rut Report - KY - November 11, 2014


I shot my big buck following a doe yesterday morning at 8:30 am in KY. This huge 8-point was 6 yr old buck weighed over 260 lbs and had a 23” spread. The rut is in full swing here in Northern KY ( Scott County). Bucks are chasing does EVERYWHERE.  I saw a big non-typical chasing does the first morning but too far to shoot on film.  I passed on a 150” 10-point the second day.  We got some awesome footage of all of this rutting activity.

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Monday, November 10, 2014
Tecomate Rut Report - Eastern Montana - 11/10/14


It’s been a terrific first two days hunting in Eastern Montana with Bill Perkins of Perkins Outfitting out of Miles City Montana. And the bucks here are off and running. Dr. Ed Nighbert and I are sharing camp for four days. Right now it’s Ed’s turn. We are hoping that Ed bags his big Montana buck sometime during the next 48 hours.

Yesterday I took a great old Montana river bottom 10-point that was likely 7 years old plus. My buck and his running buddies were busy trailing and bird-dogging does in a nearby alfalfa field at daylight yesterday. He got past me during the first morning hunt but reappeared from the tall grass surrounding the alfalfa field late the same afternoon. I was fortunate to get a pair of Leupold cross hairs the buck’s vitals at 180 yards. My Remington 700 7mm Rem Mag did the job from
a rock solid bench style rest consisting of two Bog Pod tripods set up in my ground blind.

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Posted by David Shashy on 11/10 at 11:03 AM
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Monday, October 27, 2014
Rut Report October 27, 2014 - Illinois & Iowa


Illinois – We’ll I’m just coming off a hunt in southern Illinois, so I thought I’d share what we saw as it pertains to the rut in that area. The week Oct 20-25 we hunted heavily in the Carmi, IL area. The challenges were warmer temperatures and a substantial amount of grain crops in the ground. We saw signs of younger bucks chasing, but it would appear most of the mature bucks remained either nocturnal or stayed in the corn.  Now with that said, the farmers were going all out, so that will push the mature bucks back to the timber and alternative food sources. My best estimation if you are hunting this area is that if the cooler temps come in, you may be within 10-14 days of seeing your rut activity pick up. One good cold spell could be the game changer so get ready!

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Posted by Terry Sedivec on 10/27 at 05:11 PM
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Thursday, October 23, 2014
Tecomate Rut Report – MS – Oct 23, 2014







Meat! Backstraps and bacon is whats for dinner tonight… Lots of acorns here in North MS. This old girl was gobbling them up before the Hoyt pushed a Rage Hypodermic through her. 

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Posted by Mark Newell on 10/23 at 09:51 AM
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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Tecomate Rut Report – KS – Oct 16, 2014

It’s mid-October and not much is happening here in Kansas, or probably anywhere else in the whitetail world for that matter. I know there are exceptions, but generally speaking, the rut is still several weeks away. However, the telltale signs are beginning to show. Small scrapes near field edges, pencil thin saplings shined up or broken in half, all suggest that the long awaited annual event is about to begin. For the hunter it is a difficult time. The once visible summer, see them whenever you want to bucks, have vanished. I don’t mean they have gone nocturnal, I mean they have all but disappeared. Trail cameras that daily showed multiple mature bucks are now lucky to produce a couple of 1-1/2 old wannabe’s. My only success has been to find the few remaining standing Milo fields and hunt the trails leading to this important food source. Patience and persistence is the name of the game during the dreaded October lull. Keep the faith, better times are just around the Halloween corner.

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Posted by Ted Jaycox on 10/16 at 10:13 AM
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Tecomate Hunt Update – TX – Oct 14, 2014

“Bowhunting this morning on some TX finest open range whitetail turf. 77 degrees, humid, wind steady out of the south. Exciting!
First cold front of the year to pass thru midday. Temps should be down in the 50’s tonight, wind shift to north. Deer should move”

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Posted by David Shashy on 10/14 at 11:20 AM
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