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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Management Minute with David Morris!

Good reproduction is key in management and the engine that powers a program. Simply stated, the number of deer coming into the herd will determine the number YOU can take out. The reproductive rate is the number of fawns per adult (1½ and older) doe entering the fall population. Don’t confuse the number of fawns born with the number entering the fall population. A lot of fawns can die between the time they are born and the fall. Being born is easy; surviving for 5 or 6 months is not…when you’re a fawn. Nutritional stress, bad weather and predation are the main culprits in poor reproduction. Coyotes especially can be a huge factor in fawn survival.

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Posted by David Morris on 05/23 at 07:23 AM
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Sunday, May 21, 2017
Second Chances

Jonah 1:1-2 & 3:1-2: “Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah… saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.” “And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.”

The 2017 turkey season will go down as my best ever. I harvested one of my best birds ever and tagged out in multiple states. A blessed spring. However, it did not come without plenty of mess-ups and misses. Opening day in my home state of Mississippi was cold and gobbling was very limited, but I was still able to call in a nice gobbler to 30 yards…and completely miss him! My entire shot load had bounced off of a big limb that was part of a brush top I was hiding behind. I was sick and then all the “could have, should haves” started flowing through my mind. But, there was nothing to do but either go back home or try another spot. So try another spot I did, and wouldn’t you know it! Within 20 minutes, I had a big gobbler on the ground! And. he was even better than the first, a really nice double-beard! I thanked God for the harvest and gave special thanks for the second chance.

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Posted by Mark Newell on 05/21 at 07:26 AM
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Monday, May 15, 2017
Decision Time

Joshua 24:15: “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Manitoba, my first hunt ever in Canada. A friend was frantically digging through the snow next to me for the cartridge he had dropped in his hast. The biggest buck I had ever seen was 30 yards away, my crosshairs on him. But alas, two problems stood in the way. One, my friend was sitting “shotgun” when we drove up on the buck and had immediately claimed shooting rights. Two, we were on a public road passing through private land. As the buck began walking toward the nearby timber, I faced a decision – shoot the monster non-typical, alienating my friend and breaking the law, or let the biggest buck I’ll ever see walk away. It was a clear decision between right and wrong. Pained though I was, I stayed my trigger finger.

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Posted by David Morris on 05/15 at 08:11 AM
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Monday, May 08, 2017
The Best Is Yet to Come!

John 16:33: …In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

As cohost of The Bucks of Tecomate, I go on lots of hunts every year. It’s always amazed me how success can vary so much from one year to another. Like a baseball hitter, hunters have streaks. Some years, everything seems to go according to script and one hunt after another is successful. For instance, I went six for six in 2016 on really good bucks before coming up short on hunt No. 7. But occasionally, a year comes along when success comes very hard, if at all. 2015 was such a year. Nothing went right. The season was marked by extended hunts, return trips to finish up earlier unsuccessful hunts, bad weather, marginal deer and outright failed hunts. I struggled mightily to cobble together enough success to fill out our show season. Like my hunts, recently my life has been…well, streaky!

I am blessed with a great wife, family, friends and a job that allows me to do what I love. Life is good…most of the time…but not always. Trials and tribulations come. Recently, my family has faced health issues, job loss, financial challenges and even the death of a loved one. It’s a difficult season for my family, but we remain filled with HOPE! You see, Jesus Himself told us, “In the world you have tribulation…” It’s not a maybe; it’s a fact that we will face difficulties in this life! But fortunately, Jesus followed that statement with, “…but take courage; I have overcome the world.“ As believers in Jesus Christ, we have hope because Jesus overcame the sin and tribulation of this world and now sits at the right hand of God the Father. And He promises that the day will come when we will join Him and, “God Himself…will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” That is reason enough to have HOPE, even in hard times!

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Posted by David Morris on 05/08 at 10:59 AM
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Sunday, April 16, 2017
A Man’s Man

Matthew 16:21…Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day.

Years ago, I hunted Dall sheep in the Yukon with a most unlikely guide named Ferlin. He was a tall shinny former bronco rider that at first glance seemed puny and frail, but he proved to be tough as nails and a man’s man. On day one, we set out for the high country miles away for a big sheep Ferlin had previously seen. We got to the base of the mountain he hoped the sheep was still on and set up fly camp just as a monster storm hit, shrouding the mountains in clouds and dumping three feet of snow. Thirteen days later on our last day, the clouds finally parted enough for us to see up the mountain…and to see the sheep above. Ferlin said simply, “We’re going up that mountain and shoot that sheep.” Nine grueling hours later in subzero temperatures and howling winds, we did just that!

Yes, Ferlin turned out to be a man’s man, but the greatest Man’s Man that ever lived is Jesus Christ. He never waived, never shrunk back. He stood behind what He believed no matter the cost, and He did everything he said he would do, even the impossible! Foremost among his seemingly “impossible” promises was this statement to his disciples, “(I) must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day.” And He did it ALL!

Jesus voluntarily went to Jerusalem knowing full well what awaited Him. He was arrested, mocked and beaten by a metal and glass-studded whip. A crown of thorns was jammed on his head. He was made to carry a rough, heavy cross to a hill outside the city, where He was nailed to the cross and crucified. He endured six hours of unimaginable suffering before he died. Then on the third day, He arose from the dead…just as He said He would! Nobody else has ever done anything remotely like that! And He did it for you and me…to pay for our sins and overcome death itself that we may live forever with Him and God the Father. All we have to do is accept Jesus as our Savior in faith and we will join Him in eternal life. This Great Truth is what we celebrate on Easter Day!

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Posted by David Morris on 04/16 at 08:49 AM
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
A Natural Herd

Recently, a frustrated hunter called to bemoan his lack of success and said to me, “If you had to hunt a ‘natural’ deer herd like the one I hunt, you wouldn’t have all those big bucks on your wall.”

Tip 1: The disgruntled hunter went on to describe the deer herd he hunted, which like all too many turned out to be half-starved, doe-heavy and buck-depleted. But the beleaguered caller was right about one thing – if I had to hunt a herd like that, my wall would be darned near empty. But he was dead wrong about another thing – the herd he hunted definitely was NOT NATURAL! A natural herd is well-fed and healthy, has nearly as many bucks as does and sports plenty of older bucks. Many hunters have become so accustomed to out-of-balance, over-crowded, unnatural deer herds they don’t even realize their sad state of existence.

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 04/11 at 02:25 PM
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Sunday, April 09, 2017
Wonders of God’s Creation

Psalms 139: 13 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…

As a biologist, I am fascinated by the glimpses of God’s handiwork I see every time I’m in the outdoors. I see, though admittedly only in part, how He made nature to work, how ecosystems recycle themselves, how the creatures are perfectly suited to their habitats, how life is so often interdependent on other seemingly disconnected life…and in seeing, I am reminded it’s NOT just a happy accident. It’s a God-made design, as He Himself says, “For since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made.” Yes, nature shouts of God’s work.

But recently, as I watched my beloved brother, Flynn, pass from this life to eternity, I came to realize that we humans, who God says are made in His image, are in fact God’s greatest work. I learned about the incredible complexity of the body, how organs and systems are all interdependent, how precisely the body’s chemical balance must be to sustain life, how fragile yet incredibly resilient we are, and most of all, how there is nothing else in this world like the human mind, spirit and soul! Experiencing all this, I remembered a verse in Psalms, “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” To that I say AMEN! and give thanks that God promises that we will have an even better “incorruptible” body when Flynn and I are reunited in Heaven!

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Posted by David Morris on 04/09 at 01:37 PM
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Monday, April 03, 2017
Management Goals & Possibilities - Tip 3

Tip 3: A caution. While management does require some disciple and restraint on the trigger finger, be careful NOT to let overly strict harvest rules take the fun out of hunting, especially for the young or inexperienced. Remember, any deer a hunter is proud of is a “TROPHY” to that person! Keep hunting fun and easy for beginners. The future of hunting, indeed the future of wildlife, depends on the participation of the younger generation in hunting and on us helping them grow in their love, knowledge and appreciation of the outdoors.

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Posted by David Morris on 04/03 at 08:55 AM
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