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Monday, May 27, 2019
This week on Tecomate TV

Tecomate TV Hosts: David Morris and Mark Newell along with Jordan Shipley, Gary Schwarz, Hardy Jackson and David Shashy.

Tecomate Whitetail Nation on Outdoor Channel
Show Profile: David and Mark take viewers behind the scenes as they hunt great Tecomate Properties across the country, showcasing the Whitetail Lifestyle and talking hunting strategies, management and what makes these properties so special. 
Broadcast Season: January-June
Airings Times: (all EST):
Sunday 2:00 p.m.
Monday 5:00 a.m.
Monday 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 10:30 a.m.

The Bucks of Tecomate on Outdoor Channel
Show Profile: Show hosts and guests travel North America in search of giant whitetails and share their knowledge and experience on how to hunt and grow big, mature bucks on their own land.
Broadcast Season: July-December
Airing Times (all EST):
Saturday 9:30 a.m.
Monday 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 10:30 a.m.
Saturday 5:30 a.m.

Upcoming Episodes:

TWN Schedule:

June 3rd - June 9th – Texas Legacy Carries On – David Shashy heads down to the famed Sombrerito Ranch in South Texas once again in pursuit of giant Brush Country bucks.  David and Mark discuss Bill Carter’s Legacy of land and wildlife stewardship and how it lives on.

June 10th - June 16th – Sooner State Bucks – Oklahoma has been a yearly stop for Tecomate over the years.  David and Mark talk about some of the great hunts David has had hunting the Sooner State with Extreme Wildlife Adventures, and they discuss why whitetails thrive there.

June 17th - June 23rd – Bluegrass Bucks – Mark Newell hunts a Kentucky farm he helps manage. Between the crops and food plots, the deer have year-round nutrition and grow BIG, which is why Mark is always there on the opening week of gun season.   

June 24th - June 30th – Big Braba Bucks – Braba Ranch in South Texas is a great story of land stewardship by the Dean family.  Wise management, wonderful hospitality and big bucks have made this ranch a popular stop for the Team Tecomate.

BoT: (starts airing July 2019)
Weekly show schedule coming soon.

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 05/27 at 08:14 AM
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Thursday, October 11, 2018
Aging White-Tailed Deer on the Hoof - Part II
Photo by Hardy Jackson
Photo By Hardy Jackson

Last week we discussed the scientific approach of aging of deer on the hoof. This week we focus on characteristics that will help you age deer in the field. 

The Best Characteristics For Aging Deer On The Hoof Are…
Results of statistical tests indicated that the single best antler characteristic to use for aging bucks on the hoof was gross B&C score.  Overall antler size is the best method for aging live bucks, contrary to what I was mistakenly told when I first moved to Texas.  Accurate field judgment of gross B&C score can become nearly instantaneous with practice.  In fact, a lot of south Texas hunters are already very adept at estimating antler size because they routinely estimate this before harvesting a buck anyway.

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Posted by Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson on 10/11 at 08:41 AM
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Thursday, October 04, 2018
Aging White-Tailed Deer on the Hoof - Part I
Photo by Hardy Jackson
Photo By Hardy Jackson

Have you ever wondered what characteristics are best for aging deer on the hoof?  When I was growing up in the Midwest, I was mistakenly told that the number of antler points also told you the buck’s age.  If the buck was an 8-pointer for example, he was eight years old.  Unfortunately, before I knew anything about aging deer on-the-hoof, I mistakenly killed a 13-point buck in Iowa that still had his milk teeth - he was only one-and-a-half years old!  Luckily, it didn’t take me long to figure out that the number of antler points had little to do with age. 

After moving to south Texas, I was again told false information about aging deer on-the-hoof.  This time I was mistakenly told that you could not accurately age a buck by the overall size of his rack.  Antler size, as you will soon learn, is the best characteristic to use for aging bucks on-the-hoof.  In fact, it is possible to get a nearly instant estimate of the appropriate age class (i.e., young, middle, or mature) to place a buck based on only antler size.

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Posted by Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson on 10/04 at 08:41 AM
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Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Different Plots For Different Seasons

You know, it’s not all that hard to plant something that will attract deer, but why not take the same money, effort and time and plant plots that will also provide good nutrition? We call plantings that are both attractive and nutritious “complete plots.” Today, I want to talk about just such plots. And be assured: You do NOT have to give up nutrition to get attraction. Quite the contrary, deer innately seek out and eat what is good for them, and some of the most attractive plants are also the most nutritious.

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Posted by David Morris on 10/02 at 08:42 AM
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Choosing The Right Plants For Your Plots

It would be hard to imagine a better food plot than a really good stand of Tecomate Lablab, but does that mean Lablab is always the best food plot choice? No, it does not! Different plants do different things. You have to “prescribe” the right thing for the job. Let’s see what goes into that.

First, when buying seed, consider value, not just price. Don’t be fooled by bag size. Bigger is not necessarily better. Some of the best wildlife plantings, like clovers and chicory, come in small bags and have very low planting rates. An 8-pound bag of Tecomate Monster Mix, which consists of clover and chicory, for instance, plants a full acre. It would take 130 pounds of oats to do plant that same acre! Think in terms of cost/acre not cost/bag or cost/pound. Some big, cheap bags of seed aren’t bargains at all when you consider what how much it takes to plant an acre and what you really get.

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Posted by David Morris on 10/02 at 08:41 AM
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Monday, August 20, 2018
Laying Out Your Food Plots - Part II


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 08/20 at 02:21 PM
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Monday, August 06, 2018
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 08/06 at 02:21 PM
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018
My Summer Food Plot System for the Deep South


170! This is the gross score of a buck that every hunter dreams of harvesting in a lifetime. So every year around this time hunters start preparing for the up coming season by hanging stands, fine tuning their bow, shooting their rifle, along with many other things. As hunters, we hope all of these efforts will lead to posing for a picture of that 170-inch whitetail. Preparing for the hunt is always more important than the hunt itself.  So I guess the question is, “Have you done all the necessary preparation on your hunting property?”

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Posted by Mark Newell on 07/25 at 02:21 PM
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