Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Soil Testing 101
One of my favorite parts of hunting is planting food plots for the animals I enjoy to pursue. I believe we as hunters have a special relationship with the dirt and a special desire to better the property we have been given control over. So with all of that being said, it is of vital importance to know the nutrient content and pH of your soil before any kind of preparation or planting is to be done. Also, food plots are grown on a wide variety of soil types and fertilizer requirements can vary greatly depending on what’s going on in the soil. How do I achieve this data, you may ask? A simple soil test is the answer. A soil test will reveal everything you need to know about the soil to plant most anything. However, soil test results can be very complex, but there are only two bits of information that are essential in the planting process that you will need to know: Soil pH and Soil Chemistry (N-P-K).
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
WHILE STILL DAY
John 9:4: “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.”
Seconds after my wife answered the phone, I knew bad news was coming. “Oh, no. I’m so sorry, Sally. We loved George. So sorry. Yes, he’s here. David!” She handed me the phone and whispered, “George died last night.”
George Villarreal was my ranch foreman on El Cazador Ranch. He and his dad Felipe made owning the ranch a joy. There was nothing the two of them couldn’t do and didn’t know about the ranch. After all, they lived and worked on it all their life and cared for it as if their own. They had the uncanny ability to know what I wanted done even BEFORE I told them. They were loyal, honest and truly good people…and very dear to me.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
You Must Decide
Romans 10:10…for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
The low southwest sun casted a soft yellow light across the South Texas brush causing it to virtually glow. Though I had seen this day-ending light show many times before, I had never grown tired of it. Now, sitting in a tripod 10 feet above the sea of brush, I looked north some 35 miles to the illuminated slopes of the southern edge of the Texas Hill Country and thought, Wow, how can anyone see this and not know there is a God?
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Are you looking for an easier way to plant food plots, save on equipment use, and take much less time doing it? It you hunt in the portion of the world where the ground stays frozen for most of the winter and even early spring, then frost seeding maybe a planting method that you may want to try. Frost seeding is simply applying your seed to the top of frozen, or snow covered ground. The slow process of thawing and refreezing pulls the seed into good contact with the soil. Then when the temperature starts to rise later in the year the seeds will germinate when the weather is favorable. You can use a broad cast spreader of any kind or size, which includes tractor, ATV, or even hand spreaders.
Sunday, January 07, 2018
Romans 5:8 “…while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God…”
A young man stopped by our trade show booth to tell me yet another deer story. It went like this…on his first hunt ever, he walked into the predawn woods on his grandfather’s 30-acre farm, settled in next to a random big oak, dozed off, was stirred by the sound of crunching leaves, saw antlers and brown moving through the brush, leveled his shotgun and shot…a world-class buck!
Monday, January 01, 2018
Who Is This Man?
Mark 4:39 – “He…rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm…41 They…said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Rescued by the Creator of All
Colossians 1:16 – “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible…through Him and for Him.”
Mid-December in South Texas and the rut is rocking. Mark Newell and I have just ended a magical week of hunting in which we rattled in over 100 bucks on Mavala Ranch. It was one of my most exciting and fun hunts ever! Bucks after buck of all sizes and ages responded to our mock fights, including one old warrior well over 170. It was Mark’s first time ever to hunt or even see South Texas. He was blown away. “The best 6 days of hunting in my life,” he described it.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Wonders of God’s Creation
Psalms 139: 13For 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!