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Monday, June 19, 2017
Management Is a God Thing

Genesis 3:23… “therefore the LORD God sent him (Adam) out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken.”

From the popularity of game management today, it’s obvious that we hunters have an innate desire to manage the land and its wildlife. Have you ever wondered what is behind that desire to work the land and improve its production? Well, it’s not new with us today. It goes all the way back to the beginning of man’s existence. When God send Adam out of the Garden of Eden, He instructed him to “cultivate the ground.” Every time I’m on my tractor, I think about that verse. There’s something about working the ground that appeals to men. It runs deep. It goes to the heart of our goal-oriented nature; the cause and effect motivation that so drives us men. Even Solomon, described as the wisest man in the Old Testament, when he wanted to “enlarge his works” (Ecclesiastes 2:4-7), he planted vineyards, made gardens and parks, planted all kinds of fruit trees, made ponds of water, and possessed flocks and herds. He managed the land!

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Posted by David Morris on 06/19 at 11:28 AM
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Monday, June 12, 2017
Where’s Your Treasure?

by Samantha Davis
Matt. 19-21: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

I have a room full of trophies from all over the world. They represent the memories of a lifetime of hunting, an endeavor for which I have an endless passion, especially for big whitetails. On my wall is a collection of record-class whitetails that includes 34 topping 170 gross B&C. Something I consider a miracle and blessing from God. I’ve hunted the great game animals of the world, including most of the dangerous game – grizzly, Kodiak, lion, leopard, elephant, hippo and cape and water buffalo. They are all in my trophy room … but these trophies are NOT the things I treasure most in life. I place NO hope in them or any other worldly possession or endeavor. My most valued “treasure”, indeed, my only hope lies solely in my relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 06/12 at 06:15 PM
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Monday, June 05, 2017
The Winds of Change

John 3:8: … “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

My Leupold rangefinder read 297 yards to the buck. He was standing broadside, hunkered down rear to the wind. A fairly routine shot…normally. But this was not a normal day. The Wyoming wind was topping out at a record-breaking 75 mph. The bullet was going to be blown off target…a lot. I had no idea how much. I’d never calculated wind drift for 75 mph! So I guessed and held the crosshairs just in front on his hip, hoping for a lung shot. From my prone position, I was able to hold steady and escape the worst of the buffeting wind. I waited for a hammering gust to pass and let fly…and hit the buck in the neck just below his ear, at least 4 feet from my point of aim!

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Posted by David Morris on 06/05 at 09:47 AM
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Laying Out Your Food Plots - Part II

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Distribution And Size
Ok, you have a handle on the total acreage of food plots needed, but how many plots do you need, what size should they be and where should they go. You can’t really answer any of these questions without giving thought to the others since they’re all related and interdependent. The number of plots depends in part on what size they are, and vice versa. And, in areas with limited tillable land, the distribution of the tillable land and how much of it there is at each site will go along way in determining both the number and size of food plots. Still, there are ways to come to logical decisions.

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Posted by David Morris on 06/05 at 07:25 AM
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Laying Out Your Food Plots - Part I

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You like the idea of more and bigger deer on your property, and you’ve become convinced that food plots can help get you there. You’re ready to commit the time and resources necessary to get into an agricultural-based food-source management program, the kind that’ll significantly enhance the nutritional plane of the property, not just attract deer to a field. In short, you’re ready to start “farming for deer” so you can get the most from your land, investment and deer hunting. Now what?

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Posted by David Morris on 05/30 at 07:25 AM
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Monday, May 29, 2017
Peace that Surpasses All Understanding

by Samantha Davis

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. My eyes are so acute that I notice the spider spinning his web, the tracks of the woods’ inhabitants along the trails around me, and even the slightest movement in the brush announcing the possible incoming buck doesn’t get by my notice. My ears can track the different calls of bird species back to their source; I can smell the dry sage as the wind picks up its scent; I can feel the warmth of the sinking sun on my neck; and I can still taste the fried cornbread from lunch. Explaining that kind of peace can be hard to convey and hard to understand … unless you’ve experienced it. Yet, in Philippians, God promises us a peace that transcends all understanding, that surpasses even the peace of relinquishing the worries back to the world for a few hours in the woods. If you want to get close to God, get in the woods and give it all up until you can hear the rustle of the wind, the scurrying of a squirrel, or the light footfalls of an approaching deer. If you want to experience peace beyond what you can even imagine, seek God through Christ. When we give up the worries of the world to God, he promises an infinitely more amazing peace than even the outdoors can offer, a peace that will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 05/29 at 07:22 AM
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Management Minute with David Morris!

Good reproduction is key in management and the engine that powers a program. Simply stated, the number of deer coming into the herd will determine the number YOU can take out. The reproductive rate is the number of fawns per adult (1½ and older) doe entering the fall population. Don’t confuse the number of fawns born with the number entering the fall population. A lot of fawns can die between the time they are born and the fall. Being born is easy; surviving for 5 or 6 months is not…when you’re a fawn. Nutritional stress, bad weather and predation are the main culprits in poor reproduction. Coyotes especially can be a huge factor in fawn survival.

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Posted by David Morris on 05/23 at 07:23 AM
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Sunday, May 21, 2017
Second Chances

Jonah 1:1-2 & 3:1-2: “Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah… saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.” “And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.”

The 2017 turkey season will go down as my best ever. I harvested one of my best birds ever and tagged out in multiple states. A blessed spring. However, it did not come without plenty of mess-ups and misses. Opening day in my home state of Mississippi was cold and gobbling was very limited, but I was still able to call in a nice gobbler to 30 yards…and completely miss him! My entire shot load had bounced off of a big limb that was part of a brush top I was hiding behind. I was sick and then all the “could have, should haves” started flowing through my mind. But, there was nothing to do but either go back home or try another spot. So try another spot I did, and wouldn’t you know it! Within 20 minutes, I had a big gobbler on the ground! And. he was even better than the first, a really nice double-beard! I thanked God for the harvest and gave special thanks for the second chance.

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Posted by Mark Newell on 05/21 at 07:26 AM
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