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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
A sampling of 2008 Stealth Cam photos

image A sampling of Stealth Cam photos so far from my El Cazador Ranch this year. Overall, the year looks pretty good, despite a very dry spring and early summer.









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Posted by David Morris on 11/11 at 11:21 AM
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Finland – Land of Sako … and Whitetails

imageTecomate’s Gary Schwarz and wife Marlee joined my wife, Debbie, and me on a recent trip to Finland, where we were hosted by a wonderful group of guys with Sako Arms and Chip Klass with Beretta, USA, the parent company of Sako. We went both to hunt and to visit the Sako/Tikka rifle plant … The Bucks of Tecomate cameras in tow. And, what a trip it was!

What were we hunting? Moose … and, of all things, whitetails! Yes, whitetails. It may seem hard to believe, but there is an excellent population of whitetails in southern Finland. In fact, it’s the largest population outside of the Americas. Where did they come from? A handful of animals shipped over from Minnesota way back in 1937 by Finnish immigrants, who wanted to see the homeland enjoy these marvelous game animals. From less than 15 original deer, the whitetail has now become the second most important and popular game animal in Finland, second only to moose, with an annual harvest of about 25,000 whitetails!

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Posted by David Morris on 10/21 at 04:22 PM
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Monday, October 13, 2008
2008 Tecomate Hunts

2008 Tecomate Hunts
This fall on The Bucks of Tecomate, we are airing the most incredible big buck season ever for a TV series – hunts that see an amazing 10 bucks over 170 being taken. As we go into this season, many are asking if we can duplicate such a season again. The answer is, “I doubt it!” It is unlikely that the giant buck success of last hunting season will be repeated, especially this year. Why? In a word, “rain” … or more specially, the lack thereof. You see, 2007, when the shows now airing were shot, was a great rain year in drought-prone South Texas, where Tecomate partner Gary Schwarz’s El Tecomate Ranch and my El Cazador Ranch, both proving grounds for the Tecomate Management Strategy, are located.

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Posted by David Morris on 10/13 at 05:44 PM
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Monday, October 06, 2008
My Next Hunt - October 6, 2008

My Next Hunt
I bet you never thought you’d read this – my next hunt is in Finland … for whitetails and moose! At the invitation of Sako, our rifle sponsor, Gary Schwarz and I, along with our wives, are headed to Finland in October to tour the Sako plant and to work on a long-range whitetail rifle Tecomate is collaborating on with Sako.

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Posted by David Morris on 10/06 at 05:40 PM
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Wednesday, October 01, 2008
1st Blog entry - My First Hunt of the Year by David Morris

My First Hunt of the Year
imageSpeaking of hunting, I’m still stoked about an elk hunt I just returned from on White Mountain Apache Reservation in Arizona. This 1.7 million-acre reservation is perhaps the best place in the world for giant elk. It is to elk what the best ranches in South Texas are to whitetails, and that’s saying something! I went there under the guise of shooting a TV show for Realtree’s Monster Bulls on Versus, the home of our own Tecomate show. (Truth is: I went there to shoot a big elk!) Monster Bulls is produced by The Bucks of Tecomate producer, Orion Multimedia, and of course, my personal relationship with the guys at Realtree goes back for decades. So in a way, this was a “family” project for Tecomate and me. And to be honest, it didn’t take much (actually, no) arm-twisting to convince me to go to White Mountain … during the height of bugling season! … for a monster bull elk!

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Posted by David Morris on 10/01 at 01:57 PM
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Revolutionary New Era in Whitetail Management Is Here! - Part III

Part III - THE PRINCIPLES BEHIND THE CONCEPT

Tecomate -The Big Buck ExpertsNow, we’re going to get down to some of the nuts and bolts of nutritional side of food source management. We’re going to explain how and why it works, layout the seasonal nutritional needs of the whitetail and then outline a nutritional strategy to meet those needs.

How and Why Food Source Management Works
We need to start with some assumptions. First, a deer eats about 8 to 10 pounds of food a day. We’ll use an average of nine pounds. If you multiply nine pounds times the number of days in a year (365), that’ll give you the annual average food consumption for one deer, which we’ll round off to 3000 pounds. Now, let’s assume that the natural habitat can grow about 300 pounds of good deer food per acre over the course of a year, which is realistic for much of the South and East. Studies have shown that deer can eat only about half of the available food without seriously damaging the habitat.

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Monday, September 01, 2008
Revolutionary New Era in Whitetail Management Is Here! - Part II

Part II - A NEW FRONTIER IN DEER MANAGEMENT

Let’s now lay out the Tecomate Management Strategy and discuss its various aspects. Here’s the program in a nutshell: Provide attractive, highly nutritious, concentrated food sources, preferably through year-round agricultural plantings, for the purpose of increasing deer numbers and size and holding the deer in a relatively confined area. Then, implement a harvest strategy that maintains the deer density within carrying capacity to allow for maximum body and antler size and peak reproduction and that promotes a low buck/doe ratio and a good buck age structure.
This management strategy revolves around three distinct aspects – nutrition, herd balance and people. Let’s look at each.

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Posted by David Morris on 09/01 at 08:39 AM
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Friday, August 01, 2008
Revolutionary New Era in Whitetail Management Is Here! - Part I

Part I – THE WHITETAIL REVOLUTION BEGINS … BORN OF NECESSITY

What if I told you a management strategy existed that could allow you to increase the number of deer on your property two or threefold, maybe more? What if I told you that same strategy could also increase your buck size to that of the best the area could produce? Then, what if told you that your “more and bigger” deer could be contained within a relatively small area, perhaps seldom or never to leave your property? And then, finally, I told you that you could do all that while actually improving, yes, improving, the quality of your native habitat to the benefit of all wildlife, game and non-game species alike!

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