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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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Sunday, November 19, 2017
Deal With It

Ephesians 4:26: Be angry, yet do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your anger.
Shooting a TV show on hunting mature whitetails is fraught with problems. Big bucks are hard enough to hunt when it’s just you and the only thing you’re focused on is finding a trophy and making the shot. Throw in a cameraman loaded down with cumbersome gear and the difficulty of scoring increases geometrically. If you are lucky enough to finally get a shooter buck in your sights, capturing that final climatic “moment of truth” on film is the “Holy Grail” of hunting shows. Missing the kill shot is the greatest no-no in outdoor TV. It cannot be recreated!

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Posted by David Morris on 11/19 at 08:50 PM
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Monday, November 13, 2017
Bucks of Tecomate Episode – South Texas Mass Monster

Bucks of Tecomate Episode –  South Texas Mass Monster
Airings on Outdoor Channel:
Monday, December 18, 2017 at 8:30 am EST
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm EST
Friday, December 22, 2017 at 5:30 am EST
Saturday, December 23, at 9:30 pm EST

Airings on Sportsman Channel:
Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm EST

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 11/13 at 10:25 AM
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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 29, 2017
Thirsty World

John 4:14: “ …whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

Funny the impact a completely random event can have…like the time I was on safari in a hot, dry, uninhabited region of Tanzania and our party came upon a native pushing a dugout canoe riding atop his dilapidated bike. He was returning from a trek to gather a store of dried fish for his family. When we found him, he was lost, disoriented and literally dying of thirst. He begged for water. We had a good but limited supply of water with us. The man was a perfect stranger. So what did we do? We gave him water of course!

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Posted by David Morris on 10/29 at 07:08 PM
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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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In Good Hands

Colossians 1:17: “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”

Daylight was still an hour away. The air was cold and clear and the stars were shining brightly. They’re going to come to horns this morning, I thought. I checked the wind direction and then moved slowly down the edge of the clearing to better my downwind visibility. Suddenly, an unusually bright shooting star streaked across the predawn sky. Wow, that’s was a big chunk of space rock. My mind jumped to dinosaurs…yes, dinosaurs. Being a dinosaur nut, I couldn’t help but think of the miles wide asteroid scientists say struck earth some 65 million years ago, wiping out the great beasts. In the chill morning I thought, what’s to keep that from happening again?

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Posted by David Morris on 10/22 at 11:01 AM
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