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Monday, March 31, 2014
My 2013 Tennessee Turkey Tales

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Gobbler #1 March 30
My Tennessee turkey season started off this year in McNairy County near Selmer. Nothing was going to stop me from missing the Volunteer state’s season opener. Not even the 1.5 hour early morning trip I had to make through the rain and very dense fog could deter me. For the past 2 weeks or so Mr. Latch, the land owner, had been watching turkeys on his place and in the agricultural fields that bordered his property. “There are more turkeys around here than I’ve ever seen,” said Latch. This had me full of excitement even as I stood in the light rain and thick fog awaiting the day’s first gobble. I had my doubts in hearing any gobbles early that morning, but at around 6:20 a bird fired off up a wood line that separated 2 big fields. I knew exactly where the bird was so I quickly made my way to the field I hoped he would fly down in. As I positioned myself in a small clump of sweetgums I was amazed how much fog had filled the cut corn field. While I was awaiting the bird’s next gobble, I quickly caught movement about 150 yards straight out in front of me. It was a group of deer feeding in the field.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Tecomate Rut Report – Golden Triangle, South TX – 1/15/14

In South Texas last week I observed only limited rut activity. Small bucks were occasionally observed sparring. Only a few mature bucks were seen pursuing does during six full days hunting. I’ve heard reports all over the brush country from several quality deer range managers that during this season there has been a noticeable lack of intense rut action. In three hunting trips to the brush country and after hunting on five superb ranches I concur. Peak rut is behind us now, and for some reason, on a great portion of the Golden Triangle’s superb range observed intense rut activity has been limited. 

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 01/15 at 04:24 PM
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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
TECOMATE RUT REPORT – MS – 12/31/13

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As I have said many times in the past the Mississippi Rut is the craziest in the country. This year being no different. For the extreme northern parts of the state the peak rut period has already pasted, along with the North Delta region with extends from Vicksburg to the Tennessee border. As for the rest of the state rutting activity is in full force or is just about to begin. I took this nice 11pt. near Jackson, MS the day after Christmas cursing looking for a hot doe. My Remington Model 700 .308 did its job nicely with the buck never taking a step. The Remington Premier Copper Solids blew through both shoulders easily. This was my third deer taken with this gun and bullet combo with the same story all three times. Stay after them you Mississippi faithful, our time is now to kill a giant whitetail. On a related note, the Tecomate Camera crews will be in the Magnolia State next week. I will be guiding TV show host Blaine Burley in South Mississippi. Stay tuned in at http://www.tecomate.com and our Facebook page for updates. Wish us luck!! 

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Posted by Mark Newell on 12/31 at 09:35 PM
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Rut Report - South Texas 11/25/13

This week in South Texas we have been treated to rare winter-like conditions that are mostly reserved for later in the season. Deep South Texas has been blessed with a tremendous amount of steady light to moderate rain over the last few days. And cold temperatures accompanied by a strong north wind has been steadily blowing across vast expanses of prime big buck turf! We have observed lots of serious pre-rut activity although mostly performed by young and middle aged bucks. A little chasing, a bit of scraping, and some sparring gave been common.

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Posted by David Shashy on 11/26 at 06:52 PM
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Thursday, November 07, 2013
Tecomate Rut Report – MISSISSIPPI – November 5, 2013

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Mississippi bucks are starting to feel their oats a little. I saw several rubs and a few scrapes this weekend. However, with the rut over a month away, most bucks are focusing primarily in packing on the weight. With the majority of the row crops being harvested, most of the mature bucks are feeding on an average acorn crop and any nearby food plots at night. I noticed lots of big tracks and rubs in and around my Tecomate food plots.  Unfortunately, the only deer I was able to observe this weekend during the day light were several does and a couple of young bucks. The biggest was only a 6 point. However, as I was leaving the farm, an hour or so after dark, two mature bucks crossed in front of me headed to the fields. It seemed as though they were laughing at me. All I can say is when love starts feeling the air and those does keep feeling my Tecomate plots, we will see who gets the last laugh. Until then. God Bless and Happy Hunting. 

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Posted by Mark Newell on 11/07 at 10:42 AM
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Tecomate Rut Report – NORTH EAST US – October 22, 2013

As we enter the last week in October, things are changing big time.  And considering the north east has entered a fast cold snap, things will change fast!

Right now mature bucks are getting on their feet but still primarily under the cover of darkness.  Rubs and scrapes are popping up all over and you will notice those field edge scrapes are getting torn deeper.  Young, immature bucks between 1.5 thru 3.5 years of age are already bumping does around and this is normal.

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Posted by Mali Vujanic on 10/22 at 10:40 AM
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Monday, October 14, 2013
Tecomate Rut Report – Northeast US – October 14, 2013

Let’s face it, if we could figure deer out every time it might not be as fun.  But one thing is for certain, when you are trying to figure out bucks during the month of October, it’s no easy task.  The only easy part about October is that the close we get to Halloween, the higher the probability we will cross paths with a mature buck!

During the first 2 thirds of October there is a significant transformation taking place in the woods that is understood by some but vastly misunderstood by hunters across the North East.  Food sources are changing rapidly, weather is changing and bucks are settling rank and territory.  Most mature buck movement is switching over entirely to after dark and as much as we have the drive to go hunting, many guys do more damage to their hunting properties by hunting for the big boys when the chances of them walking in daytime is very, very slim. 

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Posted by Mali Vujanic on 10/14 at 11:30 AM
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Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Tecomate Rut Report – IA - October 9, 2013

We’ve received our first blast of cooler air this last week. The patterns are starting to change and shape up as we get within 4 weeks of Rut taking full force.
This last week I’ve seen several younger bucks start sparing. The mature bucks have separated themselves from the bachelor groups, but remain very nocturnal. The occasional scrape has also been popping up. All of this tells me Rut is just around the corner so get ready.

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Posted by Terry Sedivec on 10/09 at 12:38 PM
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