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Thursday, December 14, 2017
“Nutrition”, Not Just For Deer

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When it comes to hunting season, the topic of Nutrition comes up often. This shouldn’t just be about Whitetail Nutrition, it should also be about how “you” as the hunter prepares and takes care of him or herself to get ready for the upcoming season.

A little bit about me when it comes to this topic, is I’ve always kept my routine for staying in shape a yearlong program. The reason for this is, probably like most of you, when you change the routine and do something less; it’s always harder to get back into it. I’ve done programs like P90X, which has a lot of old school exercises that I grew up with. This program produced great results for me, but it’s not for everyone. Most people can’t commit to 90 minute workouts 5 days a week, but again, this should not be an excuse to do nothing. Let me try and tie this to a hunting activity, so that you can better relate. I will correlate the activity with Exercise, Nutrition, and Recovery.

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Posted by Terry Sedivec on 12/14 at 11:43 AM
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Monday, November 27, 2017
Top 10 Hunting Tips for Taking Kids Hunting

As a father of two young kids, 9 and 10, taking a child hunting is the most rewarding opportunities in the field whether you fill the tag or not.  I started my kids young into hunting and enjoying the outdoors.  My son took his first deer when he was just 5 years old and my daughter took her first when she was 6 years old. My son converted from a 20 gauge youth slug shotgun to a Hoyt Rampage when he turned 8 years old.  I’ve experienced several learning experiences with this, so here are my top 10 tips for taking kids hunting.

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Posted by Terry Sedivec on 11/27 at 09:49 PM
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
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 10/31 at 11:02 AM
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Sunday, October 22, 2017
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 10/22 at 11:02 AM
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Final step to Improving Nutrition!

Lastly, food plots. Nothing has the potential to improve the nutritional plane like serious food plots. Deer view food plots as a browse mecca and will readily shift their feeding from native browse to high-quality food plots. Under serious food-plot programs that provide abundant year-round nutrition, we’ve seen food-plot forage make up as much as 70% of the deer’s diet…on good native habitat! When you substitute relatively low-quality native browse with loads of high-nutrition food-plot plants, the results on deer numbers and size can be nothing short of amazing…without damaging the native habitat! We’re talking about quantum improvements in deer size and numbers! And, food plots can be legally hunted, tend to hold deer on the property and are great for game viewing. But, they are expensive, subject to crop failure, and can’t be planted on some tracts because the land is not tillable and/or because of land use conflicts. Still, there is magic in food plots, especially warm-season food plots!

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 09/19 at 10:24 AM
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Practices for Herd Censusing

How do you go about censusing a herd? Game cameras strategically placed in high-use areas (best when used with feed or bait) during the fall (preferably before the shooting starts) are invaluable censusing tools. Consistency of time and place brings best results.

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Posted by David Morris on 08/15 at 05:05 PM
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Thursday, August 04, 2016
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 08/04 at 02:46 PM
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Movement Management

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Ever been in a treestand on a nice quite early morning? You can see the movement in the trees and you just know its that perfect time in the morning for the deer to start coming in. Just as the first deer comes to the clearing it happens….. you have to sneeze! Perhaps it’s a creeking sound from the treestand, or your arrow falls off the nock. It could be an abudance of things, but just when should you throw in the towel? I’ll try and shed some light on my experiences and hopefully the next time you run into one of these scenerios you will make the right choice whether to stay or go.

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Posted by Terry Sedivec on 10/21 at 09:20 AM
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