2012 Trophy 8`s of Zapata County South Texas

Tyler Carson, Shaun Harris, and Stan Rogers arrived in Zapata County South Texas mid-December of 2012 at Dr. Gary Schwarz...
Tyler Carson, Shaun Harris, and Stan Rogers arrived in Zapata County South Texas mid-December of 2012 at Dr. Gary Schwarz `s Tecomate La Perla Ranch precisely as expected – on time, enthusiastic, and ready to dive into their first South Texas Brush Country whitetail hunting adventure. Gary`s 4600 acre Tecomate La Perla Ranch was a superb venue for this event. The South Texas rut was in full swing and abundant trophy bucks were moving. There was no doubt that many...
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Traditions Muzzleloader Whitetails - Extreme Wildlif...

On Monday November 5, 2012, Tecomate Pro Staffer Duncan Dobie and I returned to our homes from our Traditions Muzzleloader...
On Monday November 5, 2012, Tecomate Pro Staffer Duncan Dobie and I returned to our homes from our Traditions Muzzleloader whitetail hunt with Larry Ellis of Extreme Wildlife Adventures in the Oklahoma panhandle. True to the name of Larry`s outfit this was an exciting adventure to say the least.As Tecomate videographer Matt Carmen and I were en route to Freedom Oklahoma from Denver, Colorado the day before our three day trophy whitetail hunt, we received word from Larry that a...
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My Favorite Thing about Hunting

To put into words my favorite thing about hunting is a very daunting task. The sights and sounds of a...
To put into words my favorite thing about hunting is a very daunting task. The sights and sounds of a spring sunrise will always be at the top of the list of my favorite things about hunting. There is nothing like hearing a thundering gobble at daybreak and seeing a full fan appear on the ridge in front of you. The falling leaves and acorns of a fall evening bow hunt are pretty special also. Few things are more exciting...
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Tecomate Bucks of La Perla 2012 – Part 2

The north wind blew at sunrise on the day that would end in success with the taking of my wide...
The north wind blew at sunrise on the day that would end in success with the taking of my wide flaring La Perla 12. And the temperature was comfortably cool at daybreak, around 50 degrees. The wind direction was not ideal for our first choice location to begin hunting so we stayed on the move checking senderos for early morning rut action. Matt and I saw several good bucks but not the shooter we were after. As it turned out...
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Tecomate Bucks of La Perla 2012 – Part 1

On December 13th I arrived at the Laredo Texas airport to meet Tecomate`s David Morris for another brush country adventure...
On December 13th I arrived at the Laredo Texas airport to meet Tecomate`s David Morris for another brush country adventure with host Dr. Gary Schwarz at his Tecomate La Perla Ranch. La Perla Ranch is another brush country jewel being cut and polished into a shining gem of whitetail lore much like its predecessors, El Tecomate Ranch and El Cazador Ranch. The 2012 season at La Perla is living proof of the power of the Tecomate year round food plot...
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Scouting Public Land Pays Off

When I first moved to Iowa 12 years ago, I had no access to private land. My sole availability was...
When I first moved to Iowa 12 years ago, I had no access to private land. My sole availability was public ground, which fortunately Iowa has a good bit of. I took my first buck that year along the Des Moines River sitting on a bucket in the timber with my bow. Like most states you can gain access to where all the public ground is by contacting your DNR. It requires doing some scouting and in many cases a...
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THE SACRED DOE

Deer season had just ended when we pulled into my parent’s driveway. My father and I were successful in killing...
Deer season had just ended when we pulled into my parent’s driveway. My father and I were successful in killing two does. Our neighbors, Dan and Neal, were over within minutes to see our harvest. When Dan saw the two dead does in the back of our truck his eyes opened wide. He said that "real" hunters don't kill does - only bucks. Dan felt that if does were killed there soon would be no deer left to hunt.Unfortunately, far...
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SKYSCRAPPER - COMING FULL CIRCLE

Back in 1996, where this story begins, I dreamed of a day like I experienced last December, but I doubted...
Back in 1996, where this story begins, I dreamed of a day like I experienced last December, but I doubted that the dream would ever become reality. That year, the culmination of a lot of effort came to fruition when we signed a contract with an Iowa landowner for a membership-style lease on a 1,500-acre tract of land in Union County.I was (and still am) a die-hard disciple of the QDM principle and had the fortune of witnessing first hand,...
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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...
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...
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A Day To Remember

By Kristin MorrisMy hunt took place on my family’s El Cazador Ranch in Jim Hogg County in Deep South Texas....
By Kristin MorrisMy 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,...
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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...
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,...
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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...
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. The detailed harvest...
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