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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.

Friday, September 26, 2014
Tecomate Rut Report - South FL - Sept 26, 2014

I spoke with Justin Field, veteran wildlife biologist and land manager for a very large South Florida landowner this past Monday. Justin reports that bucks in Brevard County Florida are getting with the program. And they have been doing so for two weeks now on the many thousands of acres of prime South Florida whitetail range that Justin manages. The rut is on, full tilt!!! To date there has been a 112” Gross B&C and a 115” Gross B&C taken by hunters on land managed by Justin this season. Those are great Florida bucks!!!

Additionally Justin reports finding two bucks dead in the last week apparently from fighting. Both dead bucks found individually had what appeared to be puncture wounds from antlers that proved to be fatal. This is likely an indication that Justin has attained a tight buck/doe ratio on the properties that he manages. There is evidently some serious competition for hot does going on down in South Fl right now.

Good luck hunting!!!

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Posted by David Shashy on 09/26 at 10:45 AM
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Tecomate Rut Report – IA – Sept 24, 2014

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Usually I would say mid-September is a bit early to discuss Rut in Iowa, but it has been a very unusual Fall. This last summer never really got hot like we usually see in August and we’ve actually seen cooler temps then expected in September. So what does this all mean? Oddly enough it has caused a change in pattern for the bucks. Although they remain tolerant of their bachelor group buddies, they are starting to get testy. As you can tell by the pictures the mature bucks are starting to declare territory. These pictures were from the week of September 8th in a field of Monster Mix that is not unlikely to have 5-7 bucks in it at one time. It may be early, but don’t be afraid to rock some rattling from the stand if you want get things rolling. I’d keep it light until we get a bit farther in the season, but it wouldn’t be the worst idea either.

Youth season opened up this past weekend on September 20th. I had my kids in the woods enjoying the outdoors. I highly recommend you all do the same this year. It’s never too early to start working on tomorrow’s conservationist.

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Posted by Terry Sedivec on 09/24 at 01:19 PM
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Tecomate Rut Report – MT – Sept 23, 2014

After tagging out early in Kansas and backtracking because of Bubba’s Ginormous 232 gross whitetail, we’re in Montana - this is day 3 of our archery hunt. We’ve seen probably 75 mule deer, 60 antelope and 100 whitetail so far but very few that we’d consider shooting.  We do know where a good mule deer buck is bedded but he’s not in ideal position. May try to make a move on him in a bit. Hunting a waterhole now for antelope. Will post round 2 tomorrow.

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Posted by Gaines Slade on 09/23 at 03:17 PM
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Tecomate Rut Report – SW GA – September 17, 2014

My big whitetail contact Wendell Crews of Ocala, Fl has sent new trail cam pics from his well managed SW Ga farm. Wendell will be bowhunting this coming weekend.

Bucks still seem to be keeping to themselves at this time as are groups of does. However more single bucks are showing up individually at the supplemental feed stations. Some rubs have been observed. Looks like a good number of bucks in SW Ga are preparing for pre-rut. Some activity is occurring very early and late in the day but most movement is during the dark hours.

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Posted by David Shashy on 09/17 at 12:01 PM
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Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Tecomate Rut Report – KS – Week of September 8, 2014

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Everything on schedule! Like clockwork, the bucks have begun to shed velvet and within the next few days it will be difficult to find a buck that is not in hard antlers. This event also signals a breakup of the summer friendships which have endured the past couple of months. This breakup makes patterning these early season bucks a little more difficult. However, with time spent scouting you will still see mature bucks creeping into secluded alfalfa fields at days end. Positioning stands near trails leading to this preferred food source can provide quality opportunities for early season bow hunters. Forget the heat, just hunt!

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Posted by Ted Jaycox on 09/03 at 12:58 PM
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Monday, August 25, 2014
Tecomate Rut Report – Northwest AL – Week of August 25th

Late August and early September marks the beginning of the fall planting season for most of us. Labor Day weekend is normally a target weekend for those of us who begin planting our fall food plots. Normally it’s when we see the temps begin to drop and allows for those food plots to start growing before deer season which is only 5-6 weeks away! The temperatures throughout the south have been unseasonably cool this summer.  At our farm in NW Alabama we have received small amounts of rain however they are calling for good rain after Labor Day. This is perfect timing for us to be able to get our seed in the ground over the next week. The seeds will love the moisture and will germinate almost immediately at this point. We will be planting a mixture of Tecomate Monster Mix, Tecomate Max Attract, White/Red Clover and Chicory blend. We have been working really hard to establish a nice perennial food plot system on our property and to date, we have had great results over the past three years.

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Posted by Jason Thompson on 08/25 at 10:18 AM
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Thursday, August 21, 2014
Tecomate Rut Report - Central & South Fl & SW GA - Week of Aug 18, 2014

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While it’s early to be getting excited about the 2014 rut in most of the Tecomate Whitetail Nation, the rut in portions of South Florida has heated up right along with midday summer temperatures. We are still in the mid 90’s almost daily here in Florida. But in parts of Florida’s Southern Zone the rut is here. This year I have actually heard reports from the lower “Sunshine State” of bucks fighting while still in velvet. Southern Zone Florida bow hunters are already taking some great trophies that are already trailing does!

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Posted by David Shashy on 08/21 at 11:20 AM
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Monday, August 18, 2014
Tecomate Rut Report – KS – Week of Aug 18th

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Finally, all the waiting is about over. As for the Jay Hawk state deer season will be here at last in just under a month! I can’t wait to set foot on Kansas soil in pursuit of a giant whitetail. I had some great encounters last year in the Mid-western state and by the looks of what is already showing up on cameras, this season is going to be even better. Super summer forage classics, such as soy bean fields, have been a big draw to grouped up bucks this year. Out of the hundreds of acres of soy bean fields that are planted on our farm, there are two specific fields that the big bucks seem to be visiting the most. This is where good trail cameras, like Reconyx, can really pay off. As long as they continue on these early season patterns, I know exactly where me and my Hoyt will be sitting.

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Posted by Mark Newell on 08/18 at 01:43 PM
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