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Big Buck Hunting

Monday, November 19, 2012
Treestand Placement: Part 1 Treestand Safety


It was a hot day in mid-August when a group of friends were out in the deer woods taking down treestands. They were moving stands off of one lease and taking them to their new lease. The group of four paired up and went through out the property pulling stands. It was now around 10:00 am when Greg and Steven pulled up to another stand location. They got out of the truck and made the short 30-yard walk to the loc-on stand. Just like Greg had been doing all morning, he climbed up the set of stick ladders to pull the loc-on. They had dealt with some wasps earlier so Greg was on alert as he reached the top of the ladder. After reaching the top of the ladder and carefully looked things over he continued with taking down the stand. With no safety belt on, he hung on with his left hand and was going to use his right hand to unhook the stand. This is when things very quickly went south, literally.

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Posted by Mark Newell on 11/19 at 12:39 PM
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Monday, October 08, 2012
2012 Osceola Spring Gobbler - Season #37

Admittedly I am not nearly as mad at the noisy old Osceola gobblers of springtime as in days gone by. Still, I was nevertheless anxious to get started with 2012 Florida Spring Gobbler Season. The season usually begins this way for me every spring, nervy. I am genuinely childish in my heartfelt desire to harvest my first gobbler each spring. Thankfully, most of the time, that task does not take me long. But until the deed is done there is not much peace of mind. Opening day this spring would be my 37th consecutive first morning. My previous 36 season streak of successful spring gobbler hunting dates back to March 12th, 1977 when I took my first trophy Osceola gobbler on a crisp cool morning in a wet Central Florida cypress swamp.

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Posted by David Shashy on 10/08 at 10:36 AM
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Thursday, July 26, 2012
The Plains of Kansas with Tall Tine Outfitters


After a successful and exciting open country muzzleloader hunt in the Sand Hills of Nebraska in early December 2011, David Morris and I headed south to Protection Kansas to hunt giant post rut Kansas whitetails with my old friend and hunting buddy Ted Jaycox of Ocala Fl. Ted and I grew up hunting together around Ocala Fl, our home town. And I say “old friend” because Ted it was nearly 40 years ago when we were both teenagers that we haunted the local whitetail herd of Central Fl. Ted and I share some terrific memories from our “Good Old Days” afield. We would surely relive some of those adventures during the week`s hunt at Tall Tine.
Here are a few of the memories Ted and I share:

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Posted by David Shashy on 07/26 at 08:10 AM
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Losing your hunting dog is never easy.  However, when your “best friend” dies unexpectedly in the line of duty, it is an especially tough “pill to swallow.”  Such was the case when my black Labrador named “Arty” died this past spring.  Arty, which was short for “Artemis,” was only seven years old and still very much in her prime. 

Arty was my third lab.  My first lab, actually a Labrador-Irish setter cross, named “Dutches,” was a gift from my parents on my seventh birthday.  She was the best companion a boy could ask for and lived 13 wonderful years.  My second lab, named “Orion,” was one of two puppies that my roommate and I purchased from a litter while we were each attending Iowa State University.  Orion made the move with me to Kingsville, Texas, way back in 1988.  She was an excellent retriever and retrieved anything I cared to shoot, ranging from giant Canada geese in Iowa to jack rabbits in southern Texas.  I will especially never forget all of the memorable duck hunts we shared on Baffin Bay along the Texas coastline.  Orion also lived a very full life, not dying until she was 12 years old.  I painfully buried her on King Ranch during my first year of employment with the ranch.

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Posted by Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson on 07/26 at 08:00 AM
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
A Day To Remember

By Kristin Morris

My hunt took place on my family’s El Cazador Ranch in Jim Hogg County in Deep South Texas.  My father and I had seen this deer two years earlier and knew this was the year to take him.  Though he was old when we had first seen him, he had grown tremendously over the past couple of years. 

Since I wasn’t going to have much time to hunt during the December rut, I had flown down from Auburn University, where I was attending college, to hunt during the bonus time granted my our Managed Lands Permit.  The wide 10-pointer I eventually took was the primary buck we were looking for, but several other old bucks were also fair game.  For a day and a half, we saw hardly any mature bucks.  The bucks were fat and well fed and just weren’t moving.  Then on the evening of October 20, our luck changed.

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 06/19 at 12:30 AM
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Monday, June 04, 2012
Big Buck Strategy – El Cazador Ranch

Growing big bucks is really pretty simple in concept – give’em plenty of nutritious food and let them live long enough to reach their maximum antler size. On my 3,000-acre El Cazador Ranch in South Texas, we have done just this and the results have been nothing short of amazing. In 10 years of management, we’ve harvested 23 bucks grossing over 170, six of which netted high enough to make the Boone & Crockett Record Book. Genetics determine size potential, but age and nutrition determine how much of that size potential is realized.

If you want big bucks, they have to have age. All things equal, it’s a simple fact that bucks get bigger with age until they reach a peak size, usually 5½ to 6½ years old, and then they begin to decline. On my ranch, years of experience have told us that our bucks typically reach their greatest size at 6½ years old: therefore, we try to carry our best “genetic” bucks to that age before we start to TRY to harvest them. This way, we know our best bucks

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Posted by David Morris on 06/04 at 01:30 AM
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Post Season Evaluation

Since deer season has come to a close, it’s time to use a bit of that 20/20 hindsight.  If you’re anything like me, the hunting season went too quickly and the trips you wanted to take and the projects you wanted to tackle may just have not be completed.  However, we must continue on and now is a great time to look back on the hunting season and assess your accomplishments and shortcomings of your management activities.

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Posted by Cody Zabransky on 04/10 at 11:41 AM
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Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Choosing the Right Outfitter

Many of us put aside money over the course of a year, or in some cases several years, to finally go on that hunt of a lifetime. Unfortunately what happens in a lot of cases is that the hunt you have dreamed of for so long now becomes a nightmare you wish you could wake up from. Let me illustrate an example that happened to me several years ago which taught me a lesson I hope I will never forget.

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Posted by Ted Jaycox on 04/03 at 04:23 PM
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