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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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Tuesday, February 17, 2009
The Bucks of Tecomate 2009 Season Hunts - III

Jen Shoots Our First Boone & Crocket Non-Typical
My daughter, Jennifer Duplissey, was next in front of the camera. A couple of weeks earlier one of my guides had videoed a monster mystery buck we had never seen during the management buck hunts. He was a huge non-typical with a cluster of extra points around his base and brow tines. As my wife and girls so often do, they set about claiming the deer for their own. Jennifer somehow won. Jennifer is one of the best hunters I know, and when Jennifer gets after a buck, he has been seriously “gotten after.” We didn’t know much about this deer’s habitats or range, but I figured I would see him soon on the hanging pole.

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Posted by David Morris on 02/17 at 12:03 AM
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Friday, February 13, 2009
The Bucks of Tecomate 2009 Season Hunts - II

Thank God for Texas!
Finally, in early December, The Bucks of Tecomate headed to Texas ... ah, Texas! I was very happy to be back on my El Cazador Ranch. Wow, did it look good! I knew there were giants afoot in that scruffy-looking brush! I would soon find out just how right I was! The StealthCam photos yielded one BIG surprise after another. Despite a long drought during the first half of the year, we seemed to be headed to a banner year on El Cazador. What is possible with the Tecomate Management System amazes even me ... and I had very high expectations!

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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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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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