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Monday, October 19, 2009
1st Trip of 2009 in North-central Idaho

Well, our first trip of 2009 is behind us. Debbie and I traveled to beautiful north-central Idaho and hunted with Chuck, Lana and Anderson Melgin on their South Fork River Ranch near Grangeville. What a wonderful week we had with them! The ranch lies along the South Fork of the Clearwater River, one of the best steelhead fishing rivers in the U.S.. It was, in Debbie’s words, “Spectacular!”

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Posted by David Morris on 10/19 at 11:26 AM
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Thursday, October 08, 2009
El Cazador - 2009 Bucks

A first glimpse into the what kind of bucks are on my EL Cazador Ranch this year.

These photos were taken in late August. I’ll have new ones soon with the bucks out of velvet.

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Posted by David Morris on 10/08 at 09:29 AM
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Late Summer Afternoon Hotspots

With summer winding down, the does are well along in rearing their fawns and the bachelor groups of bucks are fast on their summer feeding pattern.

Late summer, especially late August and early September, is one of the best times to sit on major food sources (fields) in the waning minutes of the afternoon and get a good handle on your deer herd and what the coming season may bring. If hot agricultural food sources, like soybeans, alfalfa, or cowpeas, or warm-season food plots, especially legumes, are available, a few afternoons of judicious field watching should allow a good look at contented feeding bucks now sporting fully developed antlers. (Watch out for over-estimating the size of bucks still in velvet.)

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Posted by David Morris on 08/26 at 04:25 PM
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Tuesday, March 03, 2009
The Bucks of Tecomate 2009 Season Hunts - VIII

A 24-Point Finale To An Awesome Season!
Every now and then I see a young buck on my ranch that I know is going to be very special when he grows up. Such was the case with a buck we came to call “Stickers.” I first saw him two years ago when he was 4½ years old and made a mental note that I would go after him when he reached huntable age (that meant 6½ on my ranch). I didn’t see him at all in the field when he was 5½ but did get photos of him on StealthCam. When this season rolled around, he was one of the bucks we targeted ... if we could find him. In October, I once again got StealthCam photos of him and what a buck he was! As near as I could tell, he was a basic 13-pointer with at least 11 non-typical points.

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Sunday, March 01, 2009
The Bucks of Tecomate 2009 Season Hunts - VII

Foxworthy’s Hog and Bull
I love hunting with Jeff Foxworthy! He has fun and sees to it that everybody around him does too. This year was no exception. Jeff’s hunt really had its beginning a few days before his arrival, when Gary Schwarz took his wife, Marlee, hunting for a giant buck called Flatliner on Tecomate Ranch. As luck would have it, the buck, which Gary had not seen all year, showed up on the food plot they were hunting. But because of a shift in wind direction, they had moved from the permanent blind they wanted to hunt and had set up an impromptu ground blind. Marlee didn’t have a good rest and wisely held off the shot. They tried again the next day, but the buck came into the plot too late for a shot. Marlee had to end her hunt and couldn’t return for a week. The next day, Jeff arrived to hunt El Tecomate Ranch with the greenlight from Gary to shoot any buck on the ranch ... except Flatliner, now Marlee’s deer. 

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Thursday, February 26, 2009
The Bucks of Tecomate 2009 Season Hunts - VI

A True American Hero Scores Big
On our next hunt, I had the pleasure of sharing my ranch with a true American hero, Marcus Luttrell, the Navy SEAL who was sole survivor of a SEAL mission in Afghanistan to kill or capture a Taliban leader responsible for many deaths. Jeff Foxworthy was also hunting with me at the time, and together, we had a great time of fellowship and a most memorable hunt with Marcus. Marcus showed his incredible long-range hunting skills en route to taking two great old bucks, one a unique 14-pointer grossing 162. It was very interesting seeing Marcus pit his SEAL training and skills against wild and wary whitetails. In the end, Marcus said SEAL training should include going one-on-one up close and in person with whitetails ...

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Monday, February 23, 2009
The Bucks of Tecomate 2009 Season Hunts - V

My Best Buck Ever!
Starting on December 15th, I began an epic hunt for what I thought might be one of the biggest bucks I had ever killed and one of the biggest I’ve ever had on El Cazador Ranch. My head guide, Pete Gunderson, had videoed a remarkable buck very late one afternoon in early December. Though the video was dark and brief, I could tell he was a monster. I was pretty sure he was a buck I had seen two years earlier, when he was 4½, on a late-season Max-Attract food plot and then again the next August at dusk on a lablab food plot when he was in velvet. If it was that deer, he would now be 6½ years old (our minimum age to shoot as a trophy). And even though Pete’s video was dark, I knew he was even bigger than he was when I saw him in velvet the previous year on the lablab plot ... and he was a Boone & Crockett then! This was the buck I was going after.

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Friday, February 20, 2009
The Bucks of Tecomate 2009 Season Hunts - IV

The Girls Keep On “Racking” Up!
Spurred on by Jen’s success, my youngest daughter, Kristin Morris, set her sights on two, yes, two, big basic 8-pointers. One was a clean 8-pointer we had photos of on StealthCam. This buck promised to be one of the most beautiful 8-pointers we had ever seen. The other buck was an ancient old 9-pointer with a drop tine. The problem with this deer was that Kristin had already been after this buck for four years. She figured she had hunted him for over 50 days already. I held out little hope she would kill this deer. Kristin is tenacious to the extreme. I shouldn’t have underestimated her. She killed them both! She just plain outlasted them. I had the pleasure of being with (and filming) her when she shot the clean 162 gross B&C 8-pointer, a dream buck. She worried the Big 9 into submission on her own. He scored an amazing 172. This show will prove what determination can do.

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