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Monday, February 09, 2009
The Bucks of Tecomate 2009 Season Hunts - I

The Midwest Is A CHALLENGE!
In late November, Gary Schwarz and I headed to Pike County, Illinois, the heart of Midwest big buck hunting. Gary and I were there for two purposes – hunting for The Bucks of Tecomate TV show by day and hosting the Versus Whitetail Challenge by night. That kind of schedule made for a wild four days in Illinois! If you saw the Challenge, which aired in December on VERSUS, you know hunting was tough. Larry Weishuhn and Challenge winner Olivia Angelloz (yes, Olivia won the Challenge against the 3 veteran men hunters with a last-minute kill) shot the only two deer taken, the biggest of which was a 137! It was tough in Pike County for the Challenge contestants ... and Gary and me! I never saw a buck over 2½ years old. Gary had a 160-class 10-pointer at 75 yards on the first morning, but the cameraman couldn’t get on him. We came home humbled and more than a little frustrated.

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Wednesday, February 04, 2009
The Bucks of Tecomate 2009 Season Hunts

The Bucks of Tecomate 2009 Season Hunts
imageWell, it has been a long hunting (and TV) season with plenty of ups and downs. In the end, we “got ‘er done” but it wasn’t easy. Lots of no-kill hunts, which is to be expected when you’re hunting big mature bucks like we do on The Bucks of Tecomate. Far too much happened to tell you all the details. Truthfully, I could write a book on this season. When you see the shows this fall, you will see that it was a great season, but it wasn’t easy. We hunted long and hard. Tecomate Team went on over 20 hunts, from Montana to Maryland to Iowa to Texas, before completing our 10 show quota. When the smoke cleared, we had a bunch of giant bucks on the ground, but we went home with our tails between our legs more than ever before this year. The Midwest, in particular, kicked our butts. Thank God for our Texas ranches managed under the Tecomate Management Strategy! Over the next few weeks, I’m going to try to give a thumbnail season recap. Hang on. It’s quite a ride!

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Posted by David Morris on 02/04 at 11:32 PM
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Saturday, December 27, 2008
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from sunny South Texas!

imageMerry Christmas and Happy New Year from sunny South Texas. It’s a great time of the year, when we celebrate the day that God became man in the form of Baby Jesus to save us from our sins and give us HOPE and life eternal. That’s cause enough to be Happy and Joyous … big deer on the hanging pole or not!







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Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Day 4 - Montana November 2008

imageDay 4 - Again, overcast, light winds and about 28 degrees. Back to the new area.

Got around behind a bunch of deer out in the fields in hopes of having them pass by on the way back to cover. Worked great.

Saw about a dozen whitetails but no shooters. I did, however, see a great mulie - at 30 yards. Incredible video of him.

In hindsight, should have shot him! Went back in the afternoon after him, but he had crossed the river to other property. Saw another tall 5x6 mule deer on the way after him that really caught my attention. Went after him.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008
Day 3 - Montana November 2008

Day 3 - Overcast and light winds. About 30 degrees.

Went to a new area of the river in the morning and walked and rattled.

Rattled in two bucks and saw about 10 whitetail bucks ... along with about 15 mule deer bucks.

A couple of the mulies were very tempting. Great thing about Montana - can shoot whitetail or mulie.

If I see a good mulie, he may usurp my whitetail plans. In relative terms, the mulies I’m seeing are bigger than the whitetails I’m seeing.

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Friday, November 14, 2008
Day 2 - Montana November 2008

Day 2 - Wind let up. Only 15-12 mph. Very cold - 16 degrees and clear.

Walked riverbottoms and rattled.

On one session, rattled in 8 bucks, including 3 mature bucks to within 20 yards.

Some of the best rattling video I’ve seen.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008
Day 1 - Montana November 2008

Day 1 - Miles City, MT - Bill Perkins Outfitter.

50 mph winds and blizzard conditions. In morning, had to get in cover with deer to see anything.

Afternoon, hunted fields. Saw about 30 bucks all day and walked 10 miles.

Biggest was in mid-140s. Nothing we wanted to shoot.

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What’s Next? The Hunts Begin!

On November 13, 2008, I start an almost non-stop marathon of hunts until December 21. (Believe me, I am not complaining – I’ve been waiting for this all year!) I start off in Miles City, Montana, hunting the Powder River with my old friend, Bill Perkins. What a place! This is one of the most enjoyable hunts of the year. Beautiful scenery, great folks and lots of good whitetails make southeastern Montana a joy to hunt. Plus, every hunting style imaginable is an option there.  Last year, I hunted with Bill early in the season so I could also hunt antelope, a favorite. This year, I opted to hunt the rut in hopes of improving on the 160-class 14-pointer I shot there last October. That’s a tall order, though. The fact is 160-plus whitetails are pretty rare along the Powder River, but they are there and I’m going to try to find one.

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