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Sunday, October 15, 2017
Live and Love Every Minute

James 4:14 – “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”

As a TV show host, I am privileged to hunt a lot, often from September to February. While season is underway, it seems to go on and on, almost without end. Then suddenly, it’s over, leaving me amazed how brief the season seems looking back. As I get older, I am increasingly seeing life the same way – incredibly brief!

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Posted by David Morris on 10/15 at 09:28 AM
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Monday, September 25, 2017
THE ONE AND ONLY!

Ecclesiastes 3:11: He (God) has also set eternity in their (man’s) heart…
The bull elephant was 12 yards away in 10-foot-tall grass, only the dome of his head visible. Zane, my PH, turned and whispered, “If he smells us, he’s going to charge and try to kill us all!” I tighten the grip on my .416 Rem. Mag. as Zane’s leaned over for a better look down the trail left by the bull, placing the butt of his .500 N.E. double rifle on the ground. I turned back to the elephant and saw his trunk high above the grass searching the wafting breeze. Suddenly, he froze, dropped his trunk, let out a blood-chilling roar…and charged! I remember thinking: Zane is out of play and I have to wait until I can see his eyes to know where to shoot. At 6 steps, his eyes became vaguely visible through the grass. I centered the sights between the orbs and asked God to guide the bullet. He did! The massive bull crashed to the ground just feet in front of me.

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Posted by David Morris on 09/25 at 03:32 PM
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Final step to Improving Nutrition!

Lastly, food plots. Nothing has the potential to improve the nutritional plane like serious food plots. Deer view food plots as a browse mecca and will readily shift their feeding from native browse to high-quality food plots. Under serious food-plot programs that provide abundant year-round nutrition, we’ve seen food-plot forage make up as much as 70% of the deer’s diet…on good native habitat! When you substitute relatively low-quality native browse with loads of high-nutrition food-plot plants, the results on deer numbers and size can be nothing short of amazing…without damaging the native habitat! We’re talking about quantum improvements in deer size and numbers! And, food plots can be legally hunted, tend to hold deer on the property and are great for game viewing. But, they are expensive, subject to crop failure, and can’t be planted on some tracts because the land is not tillable and/or because of land use conflicts. Still, there is magic in food plots, especially warm-season food plots!

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 09/19 at 10:24 AM
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Sunday, September 10, 2017
Brand-marks of Jesus

Galatians 6: 17: “…I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus.”

After midnight and we were still tracking the wounded buck. A friend had shot the big 10-pointer seven hours earlier. We thought he’d be down close. He wasn’t and we pressed on, even though the hunter had come off without his rifle. Though I knew my ranch well, in only the pale halo of the small flashlight I had long ago lost my sense of direction. I only knew that George, Felipe and I, trailed by the hunter, were on a scant blood trail taking us through some of the thickest, thorniest brush in South Texas. Now, we had lost the trail…again. We split up…again. After crawling through tangles of clawing brush, I finally reached a tiny opening. I stood to give my sore knees relief…and found myself face-to-face with the wounded buck. He immediately lowered his head to hook me. I grabbed his antlers and the fight was on. I managed to wrestle him to the ground and hold on for dear life. George and Felipe soon joined in, and with Felipe’s penknife, we finally ended the chase and began a 2-hour ordeal to get him out.

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Posted by David Morris on 09/10 at 09:59 AM
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Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Peace Transcends All Understanding

Philippians 4:7 – … and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Have you ever tried to describe hunting to a non-hunter? If you are an avid outdoorsperson, you’ve probably tried to convey that the experience of the hunt goes far beyond the shot and the trophy. I know my favorite part of the hunt is getting into the perfect blind, letting my mind quiet and waiting until all my senses are filled with what’s around me.

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 09/05 at 02:17 PM
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Monday, August 28, 2017
AIM TRUE

1 Corinthians 9:23: I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it. 26Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air…

When hunting big whitetails, I always sight in my rifle so I can hit what I aim at and I always have a plan. I don’t just walk into the woods and hope a big buck will stroll by me. I take all sorts of factors into account before I ever step foot in the woods – hunting history, time of year, rut phase, weather, food sources, size of property, habitat, hunting pressure, possible tactics, target buck size, property rules, regulations, freedom to scout, competition, etc. I size up the situation and make a plan. Yes, it may change with time and information, but I always go with purpose, ready to take “aim” and hit the target when the time comes.

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Posted by David Morris on 08/28 at 05:59 PM
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Practices for Herd Censusing

How do you go about censusing a herd? Game cameras strategically placed in high-use areas (best when used with feed or bait) during the fall (preferably before the shooting starts) are invaluable censusing tools. Consistency of time and place brings best results.

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Posted by David Morris on 08/15 at 05:05 PM
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Sunday, August 06, 2017
RESCUED FROM THE DARKNESS

Colossians 1:13-14: “For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

I was lost…alone in near darkness …in uncharted Africa! The river I was following had turned south…again, leaving me with a decision. I knew the hunting party I had left to get unstuck from deep sand two hours earlier was somewhere north. With the sun dropping fast, my professional hunter had asked me go ahead to look for a shallow river crossing before dark, noting we couldn’t get past a low mountain range that sloped down to the river a mile or so away. He said he’d pick me up somewhere along the river when they got unstuck. Neither of us knew the serpentine river took a wide swing southward between us and mountain and the riverine vegetation got steadily deeper and thicker. Now with darkness falling and me getting ever farther from my party, I faced a decision – try to backtrack to where I had come from or go in the opposite direction toward the mountain range in hopes of finding them.

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Posted by David Morris on 08/06 at 06:13 PM
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